April 11, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip clinch Cardiff Life Award!

Earlier this year, a mystery envelope arrived at Paperclip HQ with a very special message:

"Paperclip have been invited to Cardiff City Hall for the annual Cardiff Life Awards"

Not only this, but it turns out that our pals at Front Door Communications recommended us for not one, but two different awards! Our humble marketplace had been shortlisted, along with some of the most well known local brands in the Best Retailer category. Not only this, but we were up for the New Business Award too!

The big day

After a gruelling two and a half hours in the office, our CEO Rich, CMO Laurence and our two star interns Ana and Sebastiano retired home early to don their finest glad rags and head off to the venue.

Naturally, we were greeted with the obligatory champagne reception and photo shoot. The team felt star-stuck rubbing shoulders with the titans of Cardiff's industry and culture (unfortunately Laurence didn't get the chance to meet his boyhood hero Neil Warnock).

We were herded into the banquet hall and took our seats by our new friends, local financial planning firm Penguin Wealth. Both teams were served an exquisite dinner, followed by yet more bubbly!

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After a rousing speech by local hero and superstar referee Nigel Owens it was on to the awards...

The team had barely finished their tiramisu before it was time to announce the winner of the Best Retailer category was announced.

"An innovative and truly unique concept..."

"Tripled their workforce in only a few months..."

Could it be?

It could!

Team Paperclip had only gone and won it!

The room filled with raucous applause, the Paperclip squad made our way up to the stage to deliver a hastily prepared and completely unrehearsed speech in front of our sporting heroes and local business leaders.

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To have been named in the same category as our fellow nominees was an honour. To win was a dream come true!

As the winners collected their respective awards, the team were introduced to some great local companies and made some really valuable connections.

After that, it was on to the after party!

This year's event was held just down the road at Barley & Rye, a gorgeous new gastropub and events venue in the heart of the city centre.

Feeling their age, both Rich and Laurence left our interns to fly the Paperclip flag - and they certainly didn't disappoint on the dance floor.

Winner's Dinners

Only a week had past before we received our second surprise package...

This time we had been invited to the exclusive Cardiff Life Awards Winner's Evening, hosted at Chapel 1877. This amazing venue, steeped in history, was selected for an intimate get together for the lucky awards recipients.

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Sponsored by Cardiff Airport, the evening was a mix of great food, great company and yes, even more bubbly!

Two thoroughly enjoyable outings to raise our profile and enjoy food even the late, great Michael Winner would have approved of.

See you next year Cardiff Life!

About Cardiff Life

Cardiff Life is a local publication that celebrates the best and brightest in Cardiff and surrounding area. The best bars, restaurants, retailers and charities are given the opportunity to promote their business or cause to a readership of thousands.

The Cardiff Life Awards recognise businesses and organisations in the Welsh capital that are at the very top of their field, chosen by a panel of independent judges.

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April 6, 2018 - 1 comment.

Paperclip judges SPARK 2018!

Happy Friday users and followers!

Sorry for being so quiet for the last couple of weeks. The team at Paperclip HQ have been super busy re-skinning the Paperclip app, adding new features and rolling out student marketplaces for Universities up and down the country.

But today it was Rich and Laurence's turn to go head back to campus!

Sadly, this wasn't a freshers party. Instead, the guys were asked to judge this terms Cardiff SPARK awards at the famous Cardiff University.

A mere stones throw from Paperclip HQ, the two saddled up and made the short journey from the city centre to Cathays.

We joined the welcome party and introduced ourselves to the fellow judges. This year we had representatives from both S3 Advertising and TramShed. Before we knew it, the first contestants were up to share their big idea... Read more

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April 4, 2018 - No Comments!

Announcing the winners of the Paperclip x MoneyMagpie competition

Good afternoon to our beloved followers,

The team at Paperclip HQ and at MoneyMagpie would like to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our 2018 contest and helped make it a huge success!

We ran this competition with our friends at MoneyMagpie way back in January to give savvy shoppers the chance to win some much needed cash after the Christmas period.

After we received dozens of entries within just a few hours of the competition going live, we decided to extend the deadline for a further month. Needless to say, the entries kept flooding in right up until closing time. Read more

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February 2, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip x Student Money Saver February competition

Paperclip and Student Money Saver have teamed up to give you the chance to win up to £100!

In honour of our new partnership with Student Money Saver, we are giving you the chance to win £100's worth of of pre-paid Visa cards to spend wherever you want!

It's quick and easy to enter, all you have to do is:

1.) Visit the Paperclip marketplace on Student Money Saver here

2.) Log-in by using Facebook, SMS login or create a new account in seconds

3.) Upload an item to the marketplace

For every individual item you upload, you will be entered into our prize draw.

There are no limits to the number of products you can upload. That means the more you add to the marketplace, the higher your chances of winning!

Terms and Conditions
  • This competition is not endorsed by Facebook or any other social media platform.
  • This competition is promoted by Student Money Saver (Promoter).
  • Competition entry is only open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or older. No purchase necessary.
  • Prize is supplied by Paperclip.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The deadline for entries is 1st March 2018
  • The winner will be chosen at random by an independent judge and will be notified via email or social media.
  • Winners have 28 days from the closing date to claim their prize
  • If the Promoter cannot: (a) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within 5 working days or (b) the winner does not return details of its postal address to the Promoter within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw a new winner until a winner on these terms is found.
  • If you have any questions, you can get in touch through Facebook, Twitter or by sending the Paperclip team an email at: hello@paperclip.co
  • The competition is free to enter
  • Good luck!

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January 30, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip x MoneyMagpie Competition Update

Greetings from Paperclip HQ!

Here's quick update about the Paperclip x MoneyMagpie January competition

Earlier this month, Paperclip teamed up with self-help money site MoneyMagpie to help users save money on their online shopping and earn a some extra cash decluttering after Christmas.

The team at Paperclip HQ have spent the month getting the word out about the new partnership and we've been taken back by the response we've had!

Hundreds of you have already taken to the new marketplace to sell your old stuff and savvy new users are popping up every minute! So, due to enormous public demand, we've taken the decision to extend the competition deadline to 2pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

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Just to recap what's on offer...

To celebrate this new partnership with MoneyMagpie, we are giving users of the new marketplace the chance to win £100's worth of of pre-paid Visa cards to spend wherever they want. Not bad, eh?

It's super-quick and super-easy to enter, all you have to do is:

1.) Visit the Paperclip powered marketplace on MoneyMagpie here

2.) Log-in by using your Facebook login or create a new account with MoneyMagpie in seconds

3.) Upload an item to the marketplace

For every item you upload, you will be entered into our January prize draw.

There are no limits to the number of products you can upload. In short, get adding for a higher chance of winning this fab prize.

Winners will be announced at 2pm on 28th December 2018 on our Facebook page and will be contacted by private message.

All terms and conditions can be found on our first competition post here.

Any questions?

Got a question about the competition? Feel free to drop a message in the comments below or Tweet us as @PaperclipHQ.

Good luck and remember to keep your eyes peeled for further competitions coming soon!

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January 23, 2018 - 1 comment.

Paperclip link up with Student Money Saver!

Paperclip are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Student Money Saver to help students buy, sell and swap on their very own safe, secure online marketplace. Savvy students using the Student Money Saver website will be able to grab essential Uni supplies and more at a fraction of the retail price and make money online by selling their old stuff.

The marketplace is free to use for all SMS users and always will be. As usual, there are no listing fees or transaction fees and students can get started simply by logging into the marketplace with their Facebook credentials. Just look for the Marketplace tab on the Student Money Saver website.

The student marketplace

We did some research and found that as many as half of students are worried about being able to buy course resources such as books and materials. Not only that, but financial pressures meant almost three-quarters of students (71%*) were stressed and anxious about money.

To help with this, Student Money Saver users are now able to save money on everything from smartphones and laptops to the kit they might need for sports societies. It also gives students the chance to trade and sell any unwanted kitchen items and books that they wouldn’t need after they graduate, but that a new student could really use.

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Linking up with SMS

Speaking about the partnership, Mark Stevenson, Head of Operations at Student Money Saver said “Having been involved with Student Money Saver for five years I understand just how important it is for students to be savvy with their finances, which is why I’m so excited to be launching our very own student marketplace with Paperclip.

It’ll provide a fantastic opportunity for students to be able to buy, sell and swap items within the comfort of their university community, and hopefully prove to be an important tool in what can be a financially tricky time.”

Alan, our Co-Founder and CCO added “We’re so proud to be working with Student Money Saver this year. A student marketplace isn’t just about saving money, it’s about being part of a community and we couldn’t think of a better platform to work with than one which has helped so tremendously with student wellbeing.

“My co-founder Rich and I met at university and we know firsthand how important it is to budget well and take every opportunity to save when you’re a student. We really hope that having a free marketplace available not only helps with saving, but that it goes some way towards reducing the stress that can come with being in a new environment and budgeting for the first time.”

Competition time

Not only this, but Paperclip will be running a special competition where users of the Student Money Saver marketplace can win up to £100 as well as a host of other cool runner-up prizes. The details of this will be announced later this week on our Facebook page, keep your eyes peeled for more info about how to enter and increase your chances of taking home a sweet prize!

 

 

*University of Swansea research 2016

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January 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Win big with Paperclip & MoneyMagpie

Paperclip and MoneyMagpie are giving you the chance to win up to £100 with our January competition.

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To celebrate our new partnership, we are teaming up with MoneyMagpie to give you the chance to win £100's worth of of pre-paid Visa cards to spend wherever you want!

It's quick and easy to enter, all you have to do is:

1.) Visit the Paperclip marketplace on MoneyMagpie here

2.) Log-in by using Facebook or create a new account in seconds

3.) Upload an item to the marketplace

For every item you upload, you will be entered into our prize draw.

There are no limits to the number of products you can upload. There more you add to the marketplace, the higher your chances of winning!

Terms and Conditions
  • This competition is not endorsed by Facebook or any other social media platform.
  • This competition is promoted by MoneyMagpie (Promoter).
  • Competition entry is only open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or older. No purchase necessary.
  • Prize is supplied by Paperclip.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The deadline for entries is 31st January 2018. This may be extended due to unforseen circumstances. *Deadline now: 28th February 2018*
  • The winner will be chosen at random by an independent judge and will be notified via email or social media.
  • If the Promoter cannot: (a) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within 5 working days or (b) the winner does not return details of its postal address to the Promoter within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw a new winner until a winner on these terms is found.
  • If you have any questions, you can get in touch through Facebook, Twitter or by sending the Paperclip team an email at: hello@paperclip.co
  • The competition is free to enter
  • Good luck!

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January 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip team up with MoneyMagpie!

Paperclip are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with the UK's leading self-help money site, MoneyMagpie!

What's it all about?

This new partnership will allow all MoneyMagpie visitors to upload and sell anything they don’t need on their very own Paperclip marketplace. Not only will MoneyMagpie be featuring their own Paperclip marketplace on their website, Paperclip will also be providing expert advice on how to save money, and how to get the most out of second-hand shopping.

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Talking about the partnership, Marc Crosby, Assistant Editor at MoneyMagpie said: "At MoneyMagpie, we're big believers in finding great deals and freebies online, as well as selling things you no longer need both to de-clutter and to earn a bit of extra cash.
“That's why we've teamed up with Paperclip to give our users access to a fantastic marketplace where they can buy, sell, swap and freecycle with people in their local area.”

Our CEO and co-founder Rich Woolley, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be working with MoneyMagpie this year. Our marketplace is first and foremost about saving money, and so we couldn’t think of a better website to partner with than one which has helped the UK so tremendously with earning that little bit extra. We hope that along with the introduction of the Paperclip marketplace, our continued guidance and support on how best to buy, sell and swap will make it even easier for MoneyMagpie users to save money.”

Co-founder and COO, Alan Small, said:  “What we wanted to do was create a place where people could buy, sell and trade in a community of people they trust, and we really hope that integrating a safe and secure platform like Paperclip with MoneyMagpie will help even more people in the UK save money at this time of year.”

Competition time

Not only this, but Paperclip will be running a special competition where users of the marketplace on MoneyMagpie can win up to £100. The details of this will be announced later this week on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more...

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December 30, 2017 - No Comments!

Year in Review: 2017

2017 has been a huge year for everyone at Paperclip. New staff, new investors, new partnership and new apps - it's all been kicking off at Paperclip HQ!

New Year, new faces...

Starting the year with just three full-time staff working in a flat, the Paperclip team has grown to eleven full-time members. We were delighted to take on new developers, communications and design staff. Not only that, but nine of our eleven 'Clips are now based in our new Cardiff city centre office at One Central Square!

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Paperclip XI squad photo 2017 (more to follow...)

Just over a year ago we fought off fierce competition to secure a spot at some of Cardiff's most desirable office space. By January we were all moved in to our beautiful working space. Modern, spacious and less than a minute from the Millennium Stadium in the heart of the Welsh capital, our new office couldn't be better!

We were also able to to take on two full-time members of staff for our office in Brno, Czech Republic. With two new members of staff expected to join next month, the Paperclip family will grow to a whopping thirteen.

Cash in the bank

During 2017, Paperclip were fortunate enough to secure substantial investment from a number of different sources. After months of hard work, the team managed to raise enough to market the application, take on new staff and further develop the marketplace. Notable investors in 2017 include; Hayley Parsons, CEO and founder of GoCompare.com, and Tim Ward, the creator of Friends Reunited.

We also made some changes to at boardroom level. Back in January, Paperclip appointed the ex-CFO of the Financial Times and Yell.com as our chairman. Needless to say, we were delighted to have someone with such a wealth of experience on board and we're looking forward to many years of success together.

Opening up the marketplace

Not only this, but we somehow found time to design, build and release our web version.

The web platform provides quick, easy access to the Paperclip marketplace direct to your desktop. With a fifth of adults in the UK currently without a smartphone, we knew that there were those who could benefit from the marketplace who simply did not have access to it before.

We were also able to release Version 2.0 of our app for iPhone and Android. With a brand new interface and host of new features, we were really excited to get V2.0 tested and available for users worldwide.

You can download Paperclip Version 2.0 for iPhone here and Android here.

Partnerclips

After months of late nights and early mornings, Paperclip managed to secure lucrative partnerships with Dell EMC and Student Money Saver. We also partnered up with the popular MoneyMagpie website to deliver a marketplace for their users as well as great competitions and giveaways. Not only this, but we built a strong pipeline for 2018 in which we plan to take up even more partnerships and develop our brand further.

 

Making headlines

All this action has not gone unnoticed. Throughout the course of year, we have been featured in the Guardian, the Sun, and the Daily Mail, alongside online publications such as BQ Live and altCardiff (check out our Newspaper 'Clippings article here).

2018 and beyond...
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Team Paperclip & friends celebrate at our end of year bash

Not only are we adding to our existing team in January, but we will be developing our groups function and finalising our partnership agreements with some great companies at home and abroad.

With new features, new staff and new partnerships on the horizon, 2018 promises to be another big year for Paperclip...

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