July 11, 2018 - No Comments!

Growing the One Central Square community with Paperclip

Teaming up with OCS

It's been yet another busy week at PaperclipHQ! We have been hard at work creating more beautiful, bespoke marketplaces for our corporate clients and universities.

Last Tuesday, however, we began our marketing campaign for an existing client: One Central Square.

Back in 2016, the Paperclip team were fortunate enough to snag office space in Cardiff's most prestigious development sites. One Central Square is located in the heart of the Welsh capital and caters for a number of companies both big and small.

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One Central Square next to iconic Millennium Stadium

What's different to other office spaces in the city, is OCS' commitment to building an active, supportive business community within its four walls. OCS explain "The office is more than just a place to work, it is a community that serves to ensure that the professional services staff that reside there are as content as possible."

Paperclip reached out to OCS last year and have always been keen to help OCS further develop relationships amongst tenants. With so many businesses now looking to boost employee satisfaction and retention by offering staff perks, this was the perfect opportunity to work together.

After a quick catch-up with the OCS management team, we pitched the idea of a local marketplace, just for staff and the tenants of the building.

Before long, the Development team were spinning up another new marketplace.

Building the community

Speaking about the new partnership, our CEO Rich said "I'm delighted to provide the most prestigious office building in Wales with their very own marketplace. We have thoroughly tested it with tenants such as MotoNovo and we are all very excited to go live. It's a testament to the building management that they've worked so closely with us on this, and aligns well with their vision of One Central Square becoming more than just an office, but a thriving community."

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The OCS marketplace

The Marketing and Design teams have been working on a print and social campaign to spread the word about the platform and it hasn't taken long for tenants to start buying, selling and swapping.

Our CMO, Laurence added "This has been a really rewarding project. Not only have we delivered a marketplace to one of the city's most prestigious developments, but we are helping build a business community too! The Development, Marketing and Design teams have really enjoyed working with One Central Square and are looking forward to getting more users and more great items on the platform."

Would your business benefit from a staff marketplace? Get in touch here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in General musings, News, Perspective

June 26, 2018 - No Comments!

Say hello to the KCLSU marketplace

A warm hello from a bright and breezy Cardiff!

Sadly, the team at Paperclip HQ haven't had much time to enjoy the sunshine these last few weeks...

From UCL to KCLSU

Earlier this month we were finally able to announce our new partnership with University College London. After our success launching the Swansea University School of Management marketplace, we reached out to the team at UCL Students' Union to pitch the concept of their students having their own marketplace where they can buy, sell and swap their old textbooks, study materials and bric-a-brac in a trusted local community, without those annoying listing and transaction fees.

After careful consideration from the UCL Students' Union team, we were given the opportunity to design and build their bespoke marketplace. Within a few days, the marketplace was live and, with the help of our Student Brand Ambassadors, we began onboarding students.

Word travels quick in the city and before long we found ourselves pitching to the team at KCLSU - the King's College London Students' Union.

Fortunately, we given the opportunity to deliver another bespoke marketplace to another Russell Group university!

Creating the marketplace

That Monday, our entire Dev team (even our team in Brno) were in at Paperclip HQ to begin developing the new KCLSU marketplace.

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The Dev team (and Alan) working hard on the new KCLSU marketplace

By the end of the week, the new marketplace had been successfully designed, built and tested.

Meanwhile, our in-house design team crafted some great marketing assets for use around the campus. Making use of the university's digital screens, display boards and social media channels, both Head of Design Steve and Junior Designer Ana where able to create a bold, beautiful and effective campaign to let students know about their brand new marketplace.

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The new KCLSU marketplace

Days later, the team welcomed their first student ambassador! Italian BA Management student Nicole reached out to us online and began spreading the word around campus. The following week she linked up with our CMO Laurence and COO Alan on Guy's campus to help us reach out to students directly and the results were astonishing! Hundreds of students signed up on the day, with more jumping on board in the following days.

Speaking about the new marketplace, our CMO Laurence said "It's great to be working with the team at KCLSU. The development team have worked hard to get the marketplace up and running and it's great to see students signing-up, adding items and creating a buzzing online community."

Keep an eye on the Paperclip blog for more exciting developments...

Your new marketplace provider

Does your university need a student marketplace? Get in touch here

Interested in becoming a Student Brand Ambassador? Head to our vacancies page

 

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News

June 13, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip: The UK’s leading student marketplace provider

What a start it's been to 2018!

We are only a few months in and not only have Paperclip claimed a Cardiff Life Award, but the team have also been nominated for Best Digital Start Up and Best Mobile App at the WalesOnline Digital Awards as well as being shortlisted for a South Wales Business Award.

In terms of in-house developments, the Paperclip squad have been keeping our cards close to our chest.

However, it's with great pleasure (drumroll please) that we can announce that we have secured contracts with a number of universities across the UK to power their official student marketplaces!

In the beginning...

Way back in 2015, team Paperclip began researching as to whether or not students in the UK needed their own marketplaces to buy and sell textbooks and study materials with their contemporaries. It turned out that out of our sample, a whopping 85% thought their University needed a space to facilitate buying and selling amongst their student community and a huge 79% said that if such a platform existed, they would use it regularly.

The following year, we reached out to the Swansea University School of Management to see if they would be interested in working with us to deliver their very own bespoke student marketplace. Luckily, the University faculty saw as much potential in the project as we did and within a few weeks, the School of Management had their very own marketplace.

Before long, the marketplace had grown into a thriving community of students buying, selling and swapping their old textbooks, clothes and even their old fancy dress outfits!

We recruited a crack team of Student Ambassadors to push the marketplace even further within the student community and now the marketplace is an indispensable part of student life on campus.

The next steps

Building on the success of our project in Swansea. We reached out to the famous University College London's Student's Union in the capital. A few days after our initial meetings, our test site was ready and we were adding the finishing touches to yet another brand new marketplace.

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UCL marketplace

Speaking about the marketplace, Nick Spence, Sales and Events Coordinator at UCL Students' Union said "We are delighted to announce our partnership with Paperclip. The whole team at UCL SU are pleased to provide our students with this brand new marketplace!"

Rich, our CEO, added "It's an honour to be working with the University College London Students' Union and we are delighted to provide students with a unique platform where they can buy, sell and swap with their contemporaries."

Rather than rest on our laurels, the Paperclip marketing team have been working closely with the Student Union to get the word out about the new marketplace and encourage students to get trading.

Speaking about the onboarding process, our CMO Laurence added, "After starting our outreach campaign in the Spring, the Paperclip team have been blown away by the response. Working within print, digital and social media, the marketing team have successfully build awareness about the new marketplace and familiarised hundreds of students with the concept and interface. We've had great feedback so far and we're looking forward to introducing even more students to the platform!"

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COO Alan and CEO Rich at UCL

The Paperclip team have also worked closely with the students, hiring a team of Student Brand Ambassadors to spread the word around campus and incentivise students to sign up with cash bonuses and heaps of great prizes and competitions.

Going national

News of our success spread quickly and our inbox lit up with more and more universities wanting to trial their very own student marketplaces.

As of September 2018, Paperclip will now be powering the official student marketplace at 50 Universities and Student's Unions across the United Kingdom making us the UK's leading student marketplace provider!

Your new marketplace provider

Does your University need a student marketplace? Find out how to get in touch here

Interested in becoming a Student Ambassador? Check out our vacancies page

Published by: Paperclip HQ in General musings

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.

And more...

Paperclip can now be found on the UK Small Business Directory here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News

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 private marketplaces 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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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? Read more

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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.

Read more

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News