November 19, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip go to Africa!

Last week our CEO Rich returned from a 3,000 mile round trip to the East coast of Tunisia. Rich was invited to speak at the Hammamet Conference 2018: a series of meetings to establish a working group for future collaboration between UK and North Africa.

The conference was made up of entrepreneurs, academic researchers and key policy makers to overcome key challenges such as climate change and raising the profile of business in the region.

Rich was tasked with giving two talks on behalf of the British Council, representing the entrepreneurs of Great Britain to forge ties with leaders from North African countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia.

The first was an overview of 'What our generation knows that the older generation does not - and how to bridge that gap' with a focus on technology-driven entrepreneurship.

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Mic check, one, two...

Rich spoke about the theme of Accountability: how #metoo has shaped the world for the better, along with the mental health and growing a tech business in 2018.

The second was on 'Sustainable futures': how can technology help address the challenge of finite resources and climate change through green business and environmental action. Both talks were well attended, with visitors flying in from every continent to hear the talks.

Speaking after the event, Rich added "Paperclip marketplaces can help address the challenges of sustainability on a micro, macro, and global scale; the mission is to prevent unwanted belongings ending up in the landfill at all costs. This is by providing a social inventory platform for people, organisations, and governments to share resources that would otherwise be discarded or left unused."

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Spot the 'Clip

Paperclip have been invited to speak at future events in Libya and Egypt in the coming months. The team look forward to championing local business and drawing attention to important cross-boarder issues.

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October 25, 2018 - No Comments!

Meet the new interns! Introducing the Swansea SoM Growth Team…

The Paperclip family continues to grow with this year's intake of marketing interns

Much like our fabulous interns from years gone by, students attending Business Management, Enterprise and Marketing courses will working closely with the team at Paperclip HQ to grow the Swansea University School of Management marketplace platform.

The interns will be working on promoting the marketplace at enterprise events, promo days and at other key dates on campus. Not only will our interns be working on growing the user base within the School of Management community, but will be assisting in other aspects of product development.

This year, our interns will also be dedicating time to product testing and generating user feedback. The team will be engaging with Swansea University students directly, researching what items, groups and new features students want to see more of.

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New intern Sam and Marketing Officer Justin pose at Paperclip HQ

Justin, our new Marketing Officer, joined the Paperclip team on a full-time basis last month after working on a similar project for Paperclip at the same uni.  Justin will be leading the SoM Growth Team this year, commenting "It's great to have our new recruits from Swansea on board. I had some great years at Swansea Uni, both studying and growing the Paperclip community. It is rare for a faculty to give us so many opportunities to spread the word about the marketplace and I'm sure our new team will make the most of them. I am looking forward to hearing the user feedback and any bright ideas our new interns may have themselves."

Laurence, CMO added, "I am delighted to welcome our newest cohort of interns to the Paperclip family. We are fortunate enough to be working with some great young minds and I am exciting to get their thoughts on the platform and how we can grow the community at Swansea University."

In other news...

Paperclip can announce that we are powering the official marketplace for Royal Holloway University London students. The team will be adding cool new features and offers to the platform over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more...

Interested in joining the Paperclip team? Get in touch here.

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October 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Launching the Southampton University SU marketplace

The Paperclip team were lucky enough to spend last weekend on the south coast for the launch of the University of Southampton SU marketplace.

A total of 23,000 students are currently enrolled at the Russell Group university, which has campuses in Southampton, Winchester and now Malaysia. Recognised at home and abroad, the university has a great reputation and is listed in the top 20 UK universities in both The Complete University Guide and The Times Good University Guide 2019.

Paperclip began speaking with the team at the University of Southampton Students' Union, or 'SUSU', back in April of this year. Much like our initial discussions with the SUs at Brunel, King's College London and Keele, we pitched the idea of bespoke, sustainable marketplace which would allow students to buy, sell and swap everything they need for university. A marketplace which allows students to both save and make money.

After travelling down to Hampshire to meet the SUSU team, we pushed ahead with a test site. A few days later, the official SUSU marketplace was live.

Marketing the marketplace

Once work on the marketplace had been completed, the Paperclip Marketing Team began collaborating with the Design Team to create an effective print and digital campaign to help familiarise Southampton students with their new marketplace.

We also began recruiting a team of SUSU Student Brand Ambassadors to spread word of the new marketplace across campus, starting at our launch at the Southampton Fresher's Fayre.

With our squad assembled, we headed to the packed Highfield Campus and began reaching out to the Southampton student community.

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The Paperclip Ambassadors (L-R) Raphaella, Ella, Phoebe and Amy at the launch

From start to finish our Ambassadors worked tirelessly promoting the platform. Their efforts were certainly not in vain with almost a 1,000 University of Southampton students signing up to the marketplace on the day.

Speaking after the event, Pip Doherty, Deputy Director of Union Services at Southampton University Students Union said "The team at SUSU are pleased to be partnering with Paperclip and we are delighted the launch of the marketplace went well."

The team at Paperclip HQ are looking forward to growing the SUSU marketplace community further and adding great new member benefits over the coming weeks.

Does your university need it's own student marketplace? Get in touch.

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October 4, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip go green at Keele SU

Earlier this year, our team got in touch with a representative from Keele University's SU to discuss launching their very own student marketplace and running a campaign to onboard students for the 2018/19 academic year.

Keele University is small, rural campus university in Staffordshire. The university has a beautiful 615-acre campus with woodland, grassland, lakes and a Sustainability Hub on site.

The university is famed for it's natural and environmental science courses and recently hit the headlines by launching Europe's first smart energy lab facility.

The University runs the 'Green Keele' project which strives to "embed sustainability across all activities, spanning research, education, business processes, campus and community, as well as external engagement with partners and business." The Keele Students’ Union has also successfully achieved the highest score of ‘Excellent’ under the NUS Green Impact scheme, showing the SU team’s commitment to sustainability.

Going green with Paperclip

After explaining how Paperclip second-hand marketplaces can help not only with students money but also with sustainability and tackling waste, the team at Keele SU gave us the green light to create a test marketplace.

After a few late nights, our Development Team had a bespoke site ready for testing in time for a September 2018 launch.

The Paperclip Marketing Team then devised a plan to onboard students throughout the university's Fresher's Week using digital, print and Student Brand Ambassadors to get the word out.

We launched the marketplace at the Fresher's Fair and by the end of the day, over 600 eager students had signed-up to the new platform.

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Our Brand Ambassadors Rhianne and Sophie at the marketplace launch

Paperclip CMO Laurence added "We love working with Keele SU! Their commitment to sustainability is inspiring. It's great that the university marketplace platform will be part of their strategy going forward. With a strong trading community, less students will be buying first-hand and fewer item will end up in landfill. Everyone is a winner."

Our new Keele Student Brand Ambassador Wikitoria said "Everybody we speak to is really enthusiastic. We take sustainability seriously and of course, students are always looking to save money wherever they can. I am really looking forward to helping grow the marketplace's user base with our promo campaign and let students know about the cool offers you can access just by signing up."

More to come...

The Development Team will be adding exciting new features to the marketplace over the coming months and users will be able to access exclusive student discounts and more...

Does your university need a Paperclip marketplace? Get in touch here.

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September 20, 2018 - No Comments!

Cardiff Met join the Paperclip revolution

Another week, another uni...

Last week, we gleefully announced that Paperclip will be powering the official marketplace for Brunel students. This time, the team are heading just five minutes from Paperclip HQ to Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Cardiff Metropolitan is one of the country's fastest growing unis and houses the famous Cardiff School of Art & Design. The university has over 13,000 students studying across their campuses in Llandaff and Cyncoed.

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A sneak peak of the new Cardiff Met marketplace

Paperclip CMO Laurence comments "We are delighted to have Cardiff Metropolitan University on board. The university has a great reputation at home and abroad and we are excited to be launching the marketplace alongside The Union. As an (adopted) Cardiffian, it's great to be working with a student community so close to home. Here our knowledge of the area will prove invaluable as we aim to reach out to students through local events, partnerships with popular local brands and engaging with students face-to-face."

The Cardiff Met marketplace has been prepped and will be launched this month, in time for the new 2018/19 cohort.

We managed to speak with David Jackson Commercial Development Manager at Cardiff Met Students' Union who added "For most students, going to university is their first time leaving home which means they need all the university essentials. With a degree costing so much, they need to find ways to keep their living costs down. This is where the marketplace comes in."

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Justin and Laurence pose with Cardiff Met Development Manager David outside the Campus Centre

Not only this, but Paperclip will be planning to trial some fab new features and offers for students on this platform - details to follow...

Our new Marketing Officer Justin, who will be spearheading the student onboarding process at this uni, said "It's great to be working with Cardiff Met Student Union. With our ability to dedicate more time to student engagement, we can gather valuable feedback through focus groups which will allow us to further grow our platform."

Could your university benefit from a student marketplace? Get in touch!

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September 11, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip comes to Brunel!

As the Paperclip family grows, so does the list of universities who have taken proactive steps to improve their student experience.

In our last post, we explored the true cost of university for British undergraduates in 2018. With the total surpassing an eye-watering £140,000 for a three year degree course, higher education providers and students themselves are looking for ways to both save and earn money during their studies.

This was the primary motivation for Paperclip to create our innovative platform to help students save money on core university essentials (textbooks, laptops study materials, etc) as well as giving them an opportunity to earn quick cash decluttering.

Paperclip heads to Uxbridge

Located at the very edge of West London, Brunel University was founded in 1966. The uni organised into three colleges and now caters for 13,000 students. The university has a busy, vibrant and diverse campus which caters to students from all over the world.

After beginning preliminary discussions with some of the uni's closest neighbours, we approached The Union of Brunel Students to explore the possibility of them trialling a Paperclip marketplace in time for the start of the academic year 2018/19.

Speaking about the meeting, COO Alan said "We approached the Union of Brunel Students back in the Spring. After speaking with the team, they agreed to go ahead with the marketplace. It's great to have another London university on board, especially as they have agreed to link their platform to the marketplaces we have already provided to the students at UCL, King's College London and Queen Mary University. This provides users with an even more items available to purchase and gives students a greater chance of selling their unwanted items."

Naomi Candorf, Advertising and Fundraising Administrator at The Union of Brunel Students added "The Union of Brunel Students is excited to be working with Paperclip to create a marketplace that is beneficial to all involved."

Team Brunel assemble!

With the Union staff now fully onboard, we began our quest to assemble a team of Student Brand Ambassadors to get the word out about the new marketplace and let other students know about the benefits of signing up for free.

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Team Paperclip adding the final touches to the marketplace

Within hours of putting out the ad, we were inundated with applications from Brunel Uni students looking for an opportunity to gain some real work experience and to help us get the word out about the new marketplace.

Sadly, though we had some amazing applicants, we could only select our top five to join the team.

One of the students who stood out was Communications & Media Studies undergraduate, Oliviyah Harry. Asked about her new role, Oliviyah said "I'm really looking forward to working on this project. Not only is this is a great opportunity for students to save money, but it is a great opportunity for me to gain some real work experience on campus."

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September 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Meet the new ‘Clip – say hello to Justin

There has been a new addition to the Paperclip family! This week we are extending a warm welcome to Justin, our new Graduate Marketing Officer.

Justin, originally from Plymouth, is a recent Business Management graduate of Swansea University.

Way back in 2015, Paperclip partnered with Justin's uni faculty, the Swansea School of Management and Leadership. We created a bespoke marketplace, just for the SoM students.

This gave Justin a perfect project for his dissertation on growing small businesses. Justin spearheading the entire project, working on promo stalls and analysing performance data.

Justins' experience working as a Red Bull Brand Manager will be invaluable as Paperclip gets the word out to freshers up and down the UK later this month.

We sat down with the new recruit to see how he is enjoying his new role...

So Justin, tell us a bit about yourself...

"Hey! I’m Justin and I'm the newest member of the Paperclip team. I’m 22 years old and an avid free diver with the ambition so explore the world. I have just recently graduated from Swansea Uni with a Business Management degree - one of my proudest achievements to this date. I'm delighted to be starting my career in marketing as Paperclip's Graduate Marketing Officer."

What will you be doing at Paperclip?

"From previous experience as a Red Bull Student Brand Manager and a Paperclip Student Brand Ambassador, I have gained some great experience in this job role. Therefore, at Paperclip, I will be developing their Student Ambassador scheme, supporting C-level executive decisions to ensure an effective programme is implemented across the UK. Myself, and the CMO, are working on finding the most capable students to implement the scheme and managing them to guarantee the marketplace is immersed into everyday university life.

As well as dealing with students, I will also be managing the relationships with various Student Unions to ensure they are happy and on-board with their marketplace. I have also been reaching out to companies to increase our number of partnerships."

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Junior Designer Ana with her new colleague Justin

What made you apply for the position?

"From my experience in ambassador roles and my degree, I knew I could excel in the role at Paperclip. Also, working with the company in my final year, I knew the Paperclip team had values, hard work and ambition, which aligned with mine."

How have you found your first month on the job?

"The first month in the job has been an incredible experience, I have been challenged daily, becoming a more well-rounded employee and growing as a person. I have received help from all departments of the Paperclip team, especially from the CMO, to ensure tasks are completed to a standard of high quality.

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August 30, 2018 - No Comments!

The real cost of university

Exploring the real cost of attending university in 2018

Does going to university in 2018 have to break the bank?

The average three year degree will cost a student £140,000; enough for a house deposit, a brand new BMW, a trip around the world for a year, a jet ski, and still have enough left over for a rainy day!

So how does a degree end up costing a student so much?

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August 13, 2018 - No Comments!

Rich & Alan make the 35 Under 35

Another exciting week at Paperclip HQ...

Last week, Paperclip co-founders Rich and Alan were featured on this year's 35 Under 35!

The WalesOnline 35 Under 35, sponsored by FOR Cardiff, celebrate the best young business people and professionals in Wales. The platform has been run annually by WalesOnline since 2014 and showcases the best and brightest young talent living and working in the county.

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Paul Rowland, Editor-in-chief, Media Wales, writes: “The WalesOnline 35 under 35 is a great platform to showcase the rising stars in the Welsh economy, across the private, public, education and third sectors...many of those who have made the lists, have gone on to achieve even greater success."

Speaking of the commendation, our CEO Rich said "Being named as a one of Wales' top business people was certainly the highlight of my year. The whole team has put a lot of effort into making Paperclip a strong product with a globally recognisable brand and we'd love to do our part to help chisel Wales onto the startup map. To have our efforts recognized in such a manner is both incredibly rewarding and motivating for everyone involved."

CCO Alan added, "It's an honour to be listed alongside some of these brilliant business people. Let's hope we can keep our place next year - before we get too old!"

The whole team would like to thank WalesOnline for taking the time to recognise both our founders and the brand.

Another week, another uni...

Not only this, but Paperclip have also added another university partner with the distinguished Queen Mary University London also jumping on board as Paperclip look to roll out yet another marketplace in time for Fresher's Week 2018. Much like our friends at KCLSU, the Queen Mary University London marketplace will be a joint venture with their Students' Union.

Speaking about the partnership, our CMO Laurence said "I'm delighted to have Queen Mary's new marketplace finished up and tested in time for the new academic year. Queen Mary has a great reputation both domestically and internationally and we are looking forward to rolling this out to the new September cohort."

Would your university benefit from a bespoke student marketplace? Get in touch here.

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July 19, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip needs you!

Happy Thursday everybody!

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Just a quick update from Paperclip HQ...

The Paperclip team have been hard at work this week, adding new features to the UK's most trusted marketplace.

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The Paperclip marketplace

The Development team have been busy building the latest version of the mobile app, whilst the Design team have been working on some slick new graphics for our promo campaigns.

The Marketing team have been growing our university platforms and working closely with Student Unions to make sure our users are having the best experience possible. Not only that, but more universities have jumped on board and will have their own marketplaces live in time for Fresher's week 2018 (but you will have to wait until next week to find out who!)

Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that next month Paperclip will be announcing their first signing of the transfer window! The team have been lucky enough to snag a reinforcement to the marketing team - and they might not be the only one...

This week however...

Paperclip needs your help!

We are always striving to make the marketplace better, faster, with more of the stuff you love!

We were hoping you can help by sparing 60 seconds to answer a few questions about Paperclip and what you want to see more of in the future.

Click here to be transported to a brief survey about the marketplace.

Thanks for the feedback - and remember to stay tuned to our blog for more Paperclip news!

 

Published by: Paperclip HQ in General musings, News