September 3, 2021 - No Comments!

A marketplace solution for the YMCA

Back in early June, we launched the Paperclip Sustainability Initiative. Since then we been working with some great charities across the UK to raise awareness of overconsumption and waste, whilst generating revenue for their retail operations.

Last month, we told you about our new partnership with Porthcawl-based charity Sustainable Wales. Here we used excess donations of clothing and bric-a-brac to create an online store on the Paperclip marketplace. Over the last few weeks, the store has continued to grow, with more items being added and more users grabbing a bargain to support the charity.

Partnering with the YMCA

Since then, we have been developing a new and very special partnership with worldwide youth organization, the YMCA.

Founded back in 1844 by Sir George Williams in London (originally as the Young Men's Christian Association) the organization has focused on delivering projects and services focused on youth development through a wide variety of activities. These include; providing housing, sports facilities, holding classes for a wide variety of skills and promoting humanitarian work in the community. All in all, a great organization to be working with during these difficult times.

Back in the Spring, our team began discussing a pilot scheme with the Roath branch of the YMCA. Similar to our ongoing project with Sustainable Wales, this scheme would focus on reducing waste and generation revenue from their retail premises.

Our plan was to help their retail stores sell second-hand items which have not found a new home since they were donated months ago. Here our team would create an online shop for the Cardiff YMCA, would take photos of their stock and list these items on the Paperclip marketplace. This showcases the items to our 200,000+ strong community of users online, rather than just those living in the local area.

We began listing the donated items a few weeks ago, and since then, items both big and small have been bought by Paperclip users from all over the United Kingdom!

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The new YMCA Paperclip store

The YMCA Paperclip store now boasts gorgeous pre-loved items from Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Hollister and more, all for a fraction of the price you'd pay first hand. Fresh items are added regularly by our team and we are hoping to onboard further retail sites in the coming months.

Talking about the new scheme, Paperclip Marketing Manager Justin said, "It's great to be working closely with the YMCA in Cardiff. The team here are aware of the valuable work the YMCA do both here and abroad, so we are delighted to help out in any way we can. It's been really satisfying to see so many sales come through in such a short period of time too! The potential for future revenue from taking these charities online is enormous and we are really excited to be leading the charge."

We will be announcing more exciting new projects as our Sustainability Initiative develops over the next few weeks, so stay tuned to the Paperclip blog.

Whilst you're here, consider giving us a follow on our Instagram page for the latest news, hot new items and great giveaways.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News

August 20, 2021 - No Comments!

Our top five selling tips

How to stand out and sell fast...

Perhaps you saw Richard Branson in space and thought, 'that should be me!' Or maybe you got inspired by last night's episode of Dragon's Den. Maybe you had a nightmare that Alan Sugar was pointing his notorious finger at you and it’s filled you with motivation wanting to prove him wrong...

In any case, you’re looking to unleash the entrepreneur inside by starting selling second-hand stuff online. With the gig economy continuing to grow, it’s proved that everyone can make a full time living with opportunities online.

You may just be looking to declutter. In which case the money is just a bonus! Not to mention the environmental benefit. Less new things = less waste. Less waste = a happy Mother Nature.

Already an experienced online seller? Great! These tips will help take your operation to the next level...

The best place to sell second-hand goods are online marketplaces. They offer easy access to thousands of customers and a very low barrier to entry.
But how do you make sure you’re not wasting your time? How do you stand out to make sure your items fly off the shelves? Or, more importantly, out of your wardrobe?

We put together our top 5 tips for selling second-hand stuff online. Nail all of these and you’ll be halfway to Jeff Bezos. Seriously though, ticking all these off will make a big difference in your sales speed and volume. Let’s gooo!

1. Great photos go a long way

It may seem obvious, but this is the most common fault we see with listings. The pictures you choose can make or break your listing. Bright, eye-catching photos make your item much more appealing to buyers, even if it’s been used.

Check out this example we made with an Oculus. Which photo do you think will get more clicks and, ultimately, sell faster? The one on the right.
Use natural light from a window and organise your item so it looks neat. If you can, add something interesting in the background like a plant to make it stand out. Don’t overcomplicate it though. Make sure the surrounding environment looks clean and sanitary - think of the type of place you would prefer to buy from.

Keep it light and bright!

We don’t recommend highly editing your photos with filters as it can distract from the listing. It can also make your item appear differently from how it looks in person - which can only lead to one thing. Unhappy customers. Not what we’re looking for.

That being said, a few tweaks can go a long way. Use your phone’s editing options or download an app if you want to get fancy. In this case, we increased the exposure, brilliance, and highlights slightly to brighten the image. Have a play with some of the other options to see what you can do. Sometimes just using auto adjust is all you need!

You don't need to be a Photoshop wizz to make an attractive listing...
2. Tell it like it is!

As we mentioned earlier, unhappy customers are not something we are looking for. A sure-fire way to a bad review is to describe an item as something it’s not.

A detailed, accurate description is what we’re looking for.
You don’t have to write a novel, but make sure they know they know what’s up. If there’s a scratch on the back, mention it. If there’s a stain from some unidentified green liquid, let 'em know. If the shoes have holes in the bottom and still smell from your last training session then... well, maybe don’t sell those ones actually. But you get the picture. Make sure they know the faults before they receive the item to ensure a smooth transaction.

3. Batching

When it comes to listing a lot of items, batching can be a super effective way of speeding up the process. Gather all your items up and photograph them at the same time. If some need cleaning before, do all of those at the same time. Then list all of them at the same time.

Batching means you can get in the flow of the task at hand instead of constantly switching between. It also helps your stay organised as grouping your items together means none are left out.

If you’re going to use batching and upload all your items on the same day, we recommend listing on Sundays. This is the day we see the most traction for both buyers and sellers, so could increase your chances of a speedy sale!

4. Make it personal

People buying from marketplaces are looking to buy from other people. This makes it vital your account reflects you and shows a bit of personality. You want to stand out whilst also appearing trustworthy. Make sure to complete all verification steps so their confirmation icons appear on your profile. This lets people know you’re a real person, not a bot looking to steal their hard-earned cash.

Choose a clear and eye-catching profile picture. When creating your account try to avoid long complicated usernames and handles. Try “Joey sells stuff” instead of “joey21898374". Which one seems like someone you would rather buy from? A little bit of time and creativity can go a long way here.


Which one seems like someone you would rather buy from?

A little bit of time and creativity can go a long way here...

If you want to create your own brand to sell behind that then that’s absolutely fine. Just make sure you have a flattering logo and not a blank profile!

5. Share it

Once you’ve got your items listed and made your profile presentable, it’s time to tell the world. Share your profile wherever you can. The more people that know, the higher chance of finding your perfect customer. Sure, you will get some organic traffic from your platform of choice. But the best sellers know that a little bit of self-promotion can go a long way.

Try social media; Instagram, Facebook, TikTok. Post about your items or your selling journey and it will defiantly stir some intrigue. You could even go old school with leaflets or posters. Get a design from a website like Canva and have them printed locally or online.

And that’s a wrap!

So, there it is. Our top 5 tips for selling online. If you’re looking for the best place to buy, sell, & swap online - check out the Paperclip marketplace. We are biased, but we think it’s great and so does our community. We’re proud to say it takes less than 60 seconds to list an item, so armed with your new knowledge there should be nothing stopping you from running Amazon out of business.

Happy selling!

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Perspective, Trades

August 11, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip partner with Sustainable Wales

Some exciting news from Paperclip HQ...

In our last blog post we promised you that we'd be releasing further details about our new sustainability initiative throughout the summer months. Today, we are delighted to be able to announce the first of our charity partnerships. From August onwards, Paperclip will be providing an online selling platform for environmental charity, Sustainable Wales.

Sustainable Wales are based in Porthcawl on the south Wales coast. Established in 1997, the charity have instigated countless community-based environmental projects and activities, as well as offering support, training and facilitating events; providing mentoring and volunteer experiences. The team also work closely with community groups and networks across Wales.

The charity was founded by environmentalist and activist Margaret Minhinnick and writer Robert Minhinnick with the mission "to seek a low carbon and resource efficient future, to promote the protection of biodiversity and enhanced environmental security, and to value our culture, social progress and community well-being."

For the last 15 years, Sustainable Wales has also project-support the high street ethical community cooperative SUSSED Wales, in Porthcawl. The shop specialises in people and planet-friendly products; specifically, Fairtrade, environmentally-friendly, plastic free and local goods. Not only this, but the charity has also developed The Green Room, an independent venue and small cultural centre, scheduling a series of events, performance, talks and debates.

Partnering with Paperclip

To kick off our sustainability initiative, we decided to reach out to some local charities to help them raise awareness and increase revenue from online sales of their donated stock.

After some initial discussions earlier in the summer, we decided to trial an online shop for goods donated to Sustainable Wales. This would give the charity an opportunity to increase their reach, providing them a platform to showcase their products online, not just in their high street unit.

The Sustainable Wales Paperclip store

Within a couple of days of launching on Paperclip, significant interest had been generated within our userbase and the charity was making sales on the platform. The store now boasts a great selection of womenswear, menswear and entertainment items for sale with new items being added every week.

Speaking about the new project Director Margaret Minhinnick said, "We are very grateful to Paperclip for supporting our work. This type of partnership development is also welcome especially on a day when it has been announced that the planet is on ‘red-alert’ because of climate change.”

Paperclip CMO Laurence Denison added, "The Paperclip team are thrilled to be working alongside Sustainable Wales. The charity runs some really important projects in the community, and we are delighted to be helping them generate some extra revenue from our marketplace. We look forward to working together on more exciting initiatives over the coming months."

You can check out their Paperclip store here or get involved with any upcoming Sustainable Wales projects here.

Interested in setting up an online store for your charity? Get in touch at: hello@paperclip.co.


Published by: Paperclip HQ in News

July 26, 2021 - No Comments!

The problem with fast fashion…

With the rise of social media and the availability of cheap clothing produced overseas, it has never been more tempting to buy a brand new outfit for every night out.

This has led to the fashion industry now manufacturing 400% more items than it was just 20 years ago. The reality is, most of these items are cheap, poor-quality, disposable items of clothing.

Right now in UK, more than two tonnes of clothing are bought each minute and according to clothes waste charity TRIAD (2019) and the average garment is worn just ten times before it is thrown away.

So where do all these clothes end up?

Sadly, a great deal of these items end up in landfill. Though the majority are sent to be recycled, not much of it is. The problem comes down to what our clothes are made from.

Nowadays, clothes are made up of a combination of fibres, fixtures and other accessories. These are often made-up of problematic blends of yarns, plastics, filaments and metals. This makes recycling a slow, labour-intensive process that requires a skilled workforce and an enormous amount of space.

Second-hand garments are often sent to local charity shops. But many complain of being swamped with donations, many of which are poor-quality fast fashion items that are heavily degraded even after just a few wares. Sorting through these becomes a near-impossible task and garments often end up being passed around between charity shops, further degrading and becoming less and less desirable over time.

The final destination

So where next? Well these remaining unsold garments are then sent, in bulk, for resale abroad in the form of 'charitable donations'.

Countries in central and Sub-Saharan Africa is often the recipient of these donations. An astonishing 63.4 million kg of old clothes from the UK were sent to be sold in Ghana alone last year. Amazingly, that figure has doubled in a decade.

With instability and corruption so prevalent in many of these countries, often these garments are dumped illegally or left floating in the sea rather than finding a new home. Factor in the carbon footprint of sending these clothes half-way around the world, and it's clear that we are heading for trouble.

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Illegal clothes dumping in Africa

Not only is this is becoming an environmental catastrophe, but for many African nations, it is becoming an economic one as well. Second-hand clothing is one factor in the near-collapse of the garment industry in sub-Saharan Africa. In the past, many of these nations were home to vibrant textile industries but with second-hand western garments flooding the market, these are facing irrespirable damage.

So what can I do to help?

The first thing we can all do is to buy fewer items first-hand. By supporting your local charity shop you help to slow the demand for cheap, disposable clothing. Not only this, but you can help with the oversupply of donations whilst generating revenue for good causes.

If an item of clothing has a small tear, a missing button or just needs a little TLC, there's usually a way to save it. There are loads of great resources online to help you mend your clothes at home. Sites like Love Your Clothes offer free video tutorials on how to breathe life into your old garms.

You can try find your clothes a new home online should you want but if you do feel like recycling your clothes is the only option, just make sure that items are clean and fabrics are separated as best you can.

And what about Paperclip?

Not only does Paperclip provide a secure online marketplace to sell your second-hand clothes, but we have decided to launch our own sustainability initiative.

We have decided to partner with a number of charities to help find new homes for the unsold donations. Our plan helps these charities to extend the reach of their retail stores exponentially. Quite often items sit unsold in these shops for years before they are moved on or are sent to be destroyed or recycled. These partnerships will help showcase these items to thousands of buyers online, giving these clothes a much greater chance of finding their new home.

We will be releasing more information on this initiative, and announcing our first partnership over next few weeks, so keep tuned to our social channels.

You can get all the latest updates from Paperclip HQ on our Facebook page here, or you can follow us on Instagram here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News, Perspective

July 19, 2021 - No Comments!

The Dos and Don’ts of student living…

Whether you’re in halls or renting with friends, student life usually involves sharing your living space with other people. Follow these simple etiquette tips to avoid becoming the annoying one that everyone secretly dislikes...

Do

…respect other people’s property.

And that includes their biscuits (however tempting that opened pack of chocolate hobnobs in the cupboard may appear).

…be considerate about noise.

Everyone is allowed to turn the volume up to 11 now and again. Just not at 3am. When your housemates are sleeping. On the eve of their last finals exam.

…your dishes!

Mess can be a major battleground in communal living spaces. To avoid arguments, it’s best to tidy up after yourself as you go.

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Doing the dishes always takes a fraction of the time you think it will!

Don’t

…hog the TV remote.

Or the bathroom. Or the Playstation. Or anything else that’s supposed to be for everyone.

…avoid communal chores.

A cleaning rota is a good idea. Being the housemate who doesn’t stick to the cleaning rota is not a good idea. There are a bunch of free apps available online for you and your housemates to keep track of household tasks.

…always fight your corner.

People can have very different ideas about where to position the sofa, how to stack a dishwasher and whether toilet paper should hang “under” or “over”. Of course, everybody thinks their right way is the right way. Trouble is, everybody else thinks their way is the right way too. Being willing to compromise could save you a lot of hassle and upset.

Just remember, your current living situation isn't forever. There will be some up and downs along the way, but if you follow these rules and be your friendly, kind and positive self, you shouldn't have too many problems rubbing along with your housemates in your new digs.

Still haven't sorted your university accommodation? Check out our friends Student Roost. They have a presence in most of the big student cities and have a great reputation for providing top quality, safe, secure accommodation!

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Published by: Paperclip HQ in Musings, Perspective

July 18, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s uni checklist

The countdown has begun. Get ready for your new life as a university student...

So many jobs. So little time. If you’re struggling to keep track of everything that need doing, here’s our ultimate checklist for uni first-timers.

1. Find accommodation that’s right for you

If you haven’t booked your accommodation for the upcoming academic year, now’s the time. Rather than just looking at price, you may wish to consider location and amenities. A saving of £20 per month on rent will pale in significance if you’re having to get a train into campus every morning!

Our friends at Student Roost provide award-winning student accommodation in most of the major cities. Safe and secure, Student Roost halls are conveniently located close to universities and offer flexible tenancy agreements!

2. Buy essentials

Some no-brainers for you: clothes (including face masks), bedding, towels, toiletries, stationery and electrical items such as laptop, phone and chargers. If you’re going to be doing your own cooking, rather than living in fully catered halls, then you may also need cutlery, plates, pots, pans etc.

If you want to make a saving, Paperclip now offer our own ‘Student Starter Pack’ for with all your bedroom, kitchen and bathroom essentials. They’re currently discounted at just £299 and are delivered to your door at no extra cost.

Just some of the items in our Student Starter Kit

What’s more, if you return your items at the end of uni, Paperclip will refund you £90!

3. Get a railcard

A 16-25 railcard gives you 1/3 off all rail travel. Costs £30. Saves an average of £199 a year. (We’ll leave you to do the maths!) Buy one from the official railcard site or enter our competition to win a free one here.

4. Find your important documents

Passport, driving licence or other form of ID? Check. University paperwork, including your acceptance letter? Check. Student finance documents? Check. Accommodation info? Check. Now put them all together in a nice, secure plastic folder and keep it somewhere safe.

5. Set up a student bank account

A student account is not compulsory. But most come with lots of extra features and discounts that it would be a shame to miss out on. You can open an account as soon as you receive your offer letter – no need to wait until the start of term.

6. Register with a doctor

If you’re going to be spending more weeks of the year at university than at home, then you need to register with a local GP as soon as possible. Especially important if you have an ongoing health condition such as diabetes or epilepsy. Find a GP near your university here.

7. Check if you need a TV licence

The rules governing who does (and who doesn’t) need a TV licence are more complicated than you might think. Even if you only ever watch YouTube on your phone, you may be breaking the law if you don’t get one. See if your family TV licence covers you.

Good luck!

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Musings, Perspective

July 17, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s guide to Clearing

Paperclip Student Brand Ambassador Louisa gives us an insight into the university Clearing process...

It’s been a tough few months for us all.

With so much disruption to our studies (not to mention everything else), thousands of us didn’t get the grades we wanted this summer. For those of us already at university, this has meant a summer of resits, or in many cases, having to start from the beginning again next time around.

For those moving from Sixth Form or college into university, this could mean missing out on your firm/insurance choices or even being left with no offers altogether.

For those left in this unenviable position, fear not, for all is not lost...

Truth bomb incoming…

This time last year, I was stuck with only one offer. After banking on getting into my firm choice, I ended up missing out by one grade. That meant I was stuck with my insurance option. To be honest, I hadn’t done my research and when I found out more about the course (and how difficult it would be for me to travel home and back), I knew I needed to make a change.

Full disclosure: it was a really stressful and uncertain few days. Thankfully, I had both my parents and a sister (who had also been through Clearing herself) to walk me through the process. I ended up enrolling at a great course at a fab uni, made a load of friends and honestly, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Hopefully this blog can make the process a little less scary and help you find the course you want…

The next steps

So if you’ve checked back on your UCAS application since results were released, you may have seen an alert notifying you that either ‘you are in Clearing’ or simply ‘Clearing has started’.

The term Clearing, put simply, is the process where universities look to fill vacancies on courses which are not fully subscribed. It gives you an opportunity to take a look through available places on the UCAS website, learn more about the courses and institutions that interest you, and enquire as to whether or not they can offer you a place.

The deadline for Clearing this year is the 19th October.

My advice: research, research and research some more. Trust me, you’ll be doing a lot of it at uni so you might as well get used to it!

Each year, there are thousands of vacancies at universities up and down the country. That being said, you need to make sure the course, the syllabus and the uni itself, is the right fit for you. Rushing into a course at a university you know nothing about is a recipe for disaster.

Once you’ve written up your shortlist, and weighed up the pros and cons of each option, you need to prepare yourself for contacting the universities. Don’t worry, it isn’t as scary as it sounds…

Start off by making sure you get the contact details of the right person or department (you can usually find this on the UCAS website) and prepare a few lines about why you’re interested in the course and why you think it will be a good fit for yourself. The staff at the university won’t ask you any personal questions, or grill you as to why you didn’t get the grades you wanted, they just want to know that you are serious about the course and succeeding at the uni.

As I mentioned earlier, there are thousands of empty spaces at uni courses all over the UK. That being said, not all universities are available in Clearing – but most are. Likewise, not every course will have vacancies. It’s important to keep an open mind, but also not to rush into a course just because it’s there.

Once you’ve made your decision, head back to the UCAS portal and add your new choice. This should become an offer in the next couple of days. You can then accept it and guess what, you’re on your way to Higher Education!

Things to bear in mind…

  1. There are loads of free resources available online providing further info and tips for contacting unis (check out: TUG’s Guide to Clearing).
  • Be patient! Universities are super busy this time of year and you may have to wait on hold for a while before speaking to your uni rep.
  • Remember the deadline. Clearing is due to close on 19th October – but I really don’t recommend you leave it that late! Clearing process works on a first come, first serve basis. Don’t panic and rush into something, but make sure you don’t let this deadline pass you by.
  • Have a good think about where you are living. Quite often, the university halls are fully booked way before results are released. My advice would be to check out private accommodation like Student Roost. They have locations near most of the big unis and they have a great reputation. The buildings are safe and secure and the booking process is super easy.
  • Don’t stress. Though it’s really important to get organised and for you to do your research, don’t worry – you still have a few weeks to find the course, uni and accommodation of your dreams!

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Perspective

January 29, 2021 - No Comments!

Looking back on 2020: Year in Review

Most of us want to leave 2020 firmly in the rear view mirror. Rather than hitting you with a full Year in Review blog post, we'll give you brief rundown of what we got up to in the weirdest year in recent memory...

The Paperclip community
  • We managed to grow our userbase 2.5x, from 100,000 to 250,000 users!
  • Our university presence grew 4x from 42 to 168 universities.
  • 2020 saw a record number of transactions across our public, student and enterprise marketplaces.
  • Our Digital Welcome Pack for university freshers and returning students was launched. Here worked huge brands such as Wilko, tastecard, Amazon Prime, Perlego and Ola to provide real value to our student userbase.
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We launched our Digital Welcome Pack for students in Autumn 2020...
  • We gave away hundreds of freebies, shopping vouchers and even a brand new PlayStation 5 to our beloved trading community!
Marketplace upgrades
  • Payments was released, enabling our users to buy and sell securely with online payments, the next step in our plan to add delivery and rental services...
From September 2020, our users could purchase items using their credit/debit card!
  • Our homepage got a makeover and made upgrades to our buying, selling and messaging user experience.
  • We consolidated all of our university marketplaces onto a single marketplace, enabling students from any university to buy and sell with students at any other university and the wider public
Behind the scenes
  • We we're listed as number 34 in BusinessCloud's top 100 eCommerce Trailblazers.
  • We brought onboard some key advisory talent and investors with a successful investment round.
  • And finally, Keith Parkman (COO) and Millie Bowie (Designer) joined us full time, providing fantastic marketing, design and commercial sales talent and experience with them...

Despite some real progress in a number of areas, rest assured that we're just as keen to see the back of 2020 as you are.

Thanks for checking out our Year in Review and here's to a happy and healthy 2021!

Keep up with the latest news from Paperclip HQ, follow us on Twitter here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News, Perspective

January 20, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s Fitness Fortnight: keeping you moving through lockdown

During these challenging times, it's never been more important for us to keep moving. Exercise is proven to boost self-esteem, sleep quality and brain power while reducing the risk of depression and disease. The January weather (and blues) can make it all the more difficult for us to motivate ourselves to get fit. But fear not, Paperclip is here with our top tips for staying active...

Give Yoga a go-go

Yoga is a safe and effective way to build up your strength, flexibility and balance. Learning the poses correctly helps minimise the risk of injury and a even a quick session once in a while can be great for clearing your mind. Attending classes are usually advisable if you’ve never done it before, but there are plenty of teach-yourself videos and live-streams online you can access for free during lockdown.

Home cookin'

Whether you're jetting off to school, college or work, it can be all too easy for us to grab some food-to-go and as we know, it's not always the healthiest option...

Now we are all spending more time at home, there's never been a better time to work on our culinary prowess. Whats more, there's a ton of free recipe apps dedicated to helping you hit your weight-loss and fitness targets...

You can also check out Paperclip's 'Home & Garden' category. There are some great bargains on utensils and all your other kitchen essentials.

Now not having the correct kit is no excuse...

Bring the gym to your living room

For some us, not being able to hit the gym has been one of the toughest parts of lockdown. The wet weather and short days can make pounding the pavement seem even less appealing than it did before.

However, you can now bring the gym the comfort of your front room. If you don't mind buying your gear second hand, there are some real bargains out there. Remember, used plates weigh the exact same amount as brand new ones and cost a fraction of the price. Head to Paperclip's 'Sports and Outdoors' category and save up to 50% on the RRP of all your home gym essentials.

Want to make a 100% saving on your home workout kit?

We're giving away everything you need to turbo-charge your workout completely free to one lucky user. It's free and super simple (it takes less than a minute) to enter. Just head to our Fitness Fortnight competition post to find out more...

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Click to enter our giveaway now...
Learn to meditate

During times of anxiety, it can be really useful to practice meditation to help manage your headspace. Reducing stress can help lower cortisol (the stress hormone that makes losing weight all the more difficult) considerably. If you’re not sure what meditation or breathwork entails, it’s the practice of training the mind to a state of mental clarity that studies have found helps you deal with stress, anxiety and more.

Meditation needn't be something that takes hours out of your schedule. Just 15 minutes of sitting alone in a quiet room is a great start. There are plenty of great resources online and some great communities on social media for you to get involved with...

Exercise with friends

Prefer to hit the gym or go for a run with your buddy? Well you've got plenty of options for you break a sweat with your mates from home. Not only have Houseparty and Zoom surged in popularity over lockdown, but online instructor classes from Turnd Up and SG23 have also kept us moving with interactive, screen-sharing sessions available online. In short, there are now loads ways for you to link up with your pals online, without having to leave the home.

Remember you win everything you need for the perfect home workout by entering our Fitness Fortnight home gym competition. Click here for more info...

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Musings, Perspective

January 12, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s Fitness Fortnight

Good morning and happy new year from the team at Paperclip HQ!

We hope you enjoyed your break (if you were fortunate enough to have one) and that you are joining us in looking forward to what promises to be a brighter year.

First off, we'd like to give a huge thanks to all users and to everyone who entered our end of year competition.

For those who missed it, last month, we ran a very special giveaway to reward one lucky Paperclip user with the ultimate 'must-have' festive gift. On offer this year was the brand new Sony PlayStation 5...

At the start of Christmas week, the Paperclip marketing team were given the job of selecting a winner at random. It was Tracey from Edinburgh's lucky day as she took home the console for her two young boys, just in time for the big day. Our runner-up prizes (two £50 Amazon vouchers) were scooped by new users Brooke and Samantha. We hope you put them to good use!

Welcome to Fitness Fortnight

This January really does bring a new meaning to 'fresh year, fresh start'. With so many of us wanting to start 2021 on the right foot, staying healthy and atoning for our sins over the holidays, Paperclip is here give you a helping hand!

No-fees fitness

In any normal January, gyms up and down the country would be heaving. Sadly, our hangover from 2020 has meant that, for now, we're having to sweat it out at home instead...

To help you get moving, we're removing all fees from everything in our Sports & Outdoors category. That means whatever health, fitness or sporting good you purchase from our marketplace, you'll get all of your fees sent back to your Paperclip wallet within 72 hours!

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There's no limit on fee refunds. The more you buy, the more you save!

Win a home gym set-up!

But we're not stopping there. We're giving one lucky user the chance to win everything they need to turbo charge their workout at home!

The team at HQ have shortlisted 10 must-have pieces of home gym equipment, no matter what your fitness goal...

In this year's home gym bundle, we have:

  • Adjustable weight kettlebell
  • Power grippers
  • Resistance bands
  • Any size skipping rope
  • Push-up bars

  • Portable dumbbell set
  • Ab roller
  • Yoga mat
  • Protein shaker
  • Bluetooth mini speaker

Every item above will be delivered, free of charge to our lucky winner's doorstep later this month.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

1.) Like our competition post and give us a follow on either Facebook or Instagram.

2.) Create a free Paperclip account (if you haven't already).

3.) Sit back and cross your fingers...

You can also share our post and tag your friends to get an extra bonus entry into our draw!

Just make sure that you're signed up to Paperclip by 11:30pm on Sunday 24th January 2021.

The winner will be announced at 3:00pm on Monday 25th January 2021 on our socials.

See below for full terms and conditions...

Terms and conditions
  • This competition is not endorsed by Instagram, Facebook or any other social media platform.
  • This competition is promoted by Paperclip App Ltd (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. Delivery to be arranged by the Promoter.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The deadline for entries is 11:30pm on Sunday 24th January 2021. This may be extended due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • The winner will be chosen at random 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 by sending the Paperclip team an email at: hello@paperclip.co
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • Good luck!





Published by: Paperclip HQ in News