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March 25, 2019 - No Comments!

More new ‘Clips: Introducing Jess and Hannah…

Last week we met our new Marketing Coordinators Tara and Lorenzo. Today we welcome our new Interns Hannah and Jess to the Paperclip family...

What made you apply to our Internship programme?

Hannah: After completing an earlier work experience programme in marketing, I became really interested in the field and wanted to learn more. I found Paperclip and was really interested in the company. I saw that they were looking for a marketing intern so I applied straightaway!

Jess: My degree requires me to complete a work-based placement and I wanted to gain more experience as I really want to work in marketing after finishing university.

What have you been doing prior to your placement?

Hannah: I ’m currently a final year student at Cardiff University studying English Literature. I’ve always loved literature and reading between the lines so this course was perfect for me and has set me up with some great skills that I can take with me for future jobs.

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Hannah

Jess: I am currently studying Journalism at the University of South Wales The course has given me a broad insight into the media industry and has set me with many skills. My journey into discovering marketing was when I applied for Cardiff TV, expecting to create hard news stories, instead I was given a lot more promotional work. I was covering events happening in Cardiff from Charities to entertainment and I thoroughly enjoyed promoting organisations and people’s message.

What do you want to achieve here at Paperclip?

Jess: In the future I hope to travel to a few more places and bag myself a full-time job in marketing. I think Paperclip is a great stepping stone for me to gain the appropriate skills ready for the marketing world.

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Jess

Hannah: I’m hoping to pursue a career in marketing and communications, so my internship here at Paperclip is providing me with the necessary experience to be able to achieve this in the future.

What do you do in your free time?

Jess: In my free time I sometimes draw and paint and I love to plan holidays and write for my blog. I train a lot in the gym and train children in cheerleading. I’m on my way to becoming a Level 1 Cheer Coach.

Hannah: I like to curl up with a glass of wine and a good book. I also like to watch true crime and nature documentaries, so Netflix is my best friend!

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March 18, 2019 - No Comments!

Meet the new ‘Clips: say hello to Lorenzo and Tara…

We're only a few weeks into the year and we already have five new additions to the team at Paperclip HQ! Today we're meeting Tara and Lorenzo, our new Marketing Coordinators...

It's great to have you on board! Tell us a bit about your background...

Lorenzo: I study Translation with minor studies in International Marketing at my university in Italy. The reason why I chose this university is that I have always been passionate about languages, communication and travelling. I have also lived in Denmark as an exchange student for a year, and that helped me realize that I wanted to get more international experiences, so here I am!

Tara: I studied advertising design at USW. I was a strategic planning executive at a media agency previously in Bristol. I have had internships in account handling and planning too.

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Tara
What made you apply for the role?

Tara: I applied because I have always wanted to work in Cardiff and my previous job experience had been in a marketing role. I’ve had internships in advertising and marketing and thought I'd be suited to this position.T

Lorenzo: Every student in my university has to do an internship before graduating, and it can be done locally or abroad. I’ve always been quite open-minded, so I wanted to challenge myself and try and get a real internship that would really help me improve my skills while working on something cool. Looking around erasmusintern.org I found Paperclip and I applied. It was exactly what I was looking for!

What do you want to achieve during your time with Paperclip?

Tara: I want to combine my love for creative projects with my interest in marketing and work closely with a small team dynamic and see the company achieve its targets and continue to grow.

Lorenzo: My goal in life is to get enough experience to create my own company. Ideally, I would like to live in Italy, but who knows?

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Lorenzo
And what do you get up to in your spare time?

Tara: I play hockey three times a week and enjoy going to the gym, but in contrast I also enjoy eating/drinking cocktails out a lot too.

Lorenzo: Reading is something that takes a lot of my time: I enjoy books related to marketing and startups, but also fiction. Other than that, I like walking and hanging out with friends: I am a very chatty person, I very much enjoy being surrounded with people and talk about many different topics.

It's great to have you on our team! Good luck in your new roles.

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March 12, 2019 - No Comments!

Empowering tomorrow’s entrepreneurs…

Good afternoon blogosphere!

It's been a busy start to the year at Paperclip HQ. Not only have we launched two more university marketplaces (details to follow), but we have also partnered with the Keele University Entrepreneurial Society to promote their campus marketplace.

The new partnership allows members of the society to gain valuable work experience through Paperclip, either working as part of the Student Brand Ambassador team or Student Researchers, with the aim of growing the marketplace’s userbase and generating feedback from our existing users.

Since the Keele student marketplace launched in September 2018, over 1,200 students (12% of the student population) have already signed up. Users have access to the hundreds of items on the marketplace along with some exclusive students deals.
Alongside the work experience opportunities for students of Keele’s Entrepreneurial Society, Paperclip are also sponsoring the society's on-campus events.

Kayode steps in...

Yesterday, the team helped arrange a guest lecture from entrepreneur and BBC's The Apprentice finalist Kayode Damali. Needless to say, the event was a sell-out and the team were delighted to help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Kayode and Laurence hanging out before the big event

Speaking about the new partnership, society President Lucy Whitehouse said "The Keele Entrepreneurship Society is a student led society that aims to aid and nurture young entrepreneurs. The society provides weekly workshops that focus on elements of entrepreneurship such as accounting, marketing and Companies House admin. All of our members have access to one to one sessions to work on their business plans and work skills.
The Entrepreneurship society partnered with Paperclip, as they offered opportunities that would develop our members’ skill set and enhance their CVs. Paperclip has sponsored events and given our members the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and also paid part time work - both of which will help our members in the future!"

Speaking after the event, Paperclip CMO Laurence added, "It was a pleasure to meet our new Ent' Soc' Brand Ambassador team and to chat to Kayode. The feedback from the event has been great and we really look forward to supporting the society and the great work they do throughout the year."

Would you university benefit from a campus marketplace? Get in touch here.

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January 17, 2019 - No Comments!

Paperclip hit Queen Mary Refreshers

Welcome to the first update of 2019!

2018 was a busy year for Paperclip and we haven't slowed down since. The team at HQ have been busy building new marketplaces for our university and corporate clients as well as adding new exclusive offers and discounts for student users.

This week, the Marketing Team headed to central London for the Queen Mary University of London Refresher's event to promote the QMSU Paperclip marketplace.

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The Ambassador Team in party mode at Queen Mary!

Every year, thousands of students flock to the Queen Mary Students Union to join societies, clubs and take advantage of the student deals available through the SU's corporate partners.

More new faces...

Over the Christmas break, we have been adding to the Queen Mary Brand Ambassador  team, with second year IT student Oghosa and third year Maths students Gurdeep joining the ranks.

Oghosa, originally from Essex, said "I am thrilled to be joining the team. I had heard about the marketplace from some of my friends around campus and when I learned that I could make some extra cash from promoting the marketplace around uni, I was keen to get involved."

Speaking after the event, Paperclip Marketing Manager Justin said "It was a great event and we are pleased to be adding another 200 plus new users to the Queen Mary SU marketplace. Though today was really busy, it proved a good opportunity to connect with the students we didn't get to speak to during Fresher's week and those enrolling in January."

What's next for Team Paperclip?

Over the coming weeks, the Paperclip team will be attending similar events to promote our student marketplaces at Keele University, Imperial College London, University of Southampton and more. We will also be attending Refresher's events at two new brand new client universities at different ends of the country. Check out next week's blog to find out which universities have joined the Paperclip family.

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

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December 27, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip Year in Review: 2018

It's been another exciting year here at Paperclip HQ...

The award-winning marketplace provider

Back in the Spring, the team were delighted to hear that Paperclip, along with some other great businesses in the region, had been shortlisted for a coveted Cardiff Life Award. A few weeks later, we headed to Cardiff City Hall where, to our surprise, we took the gold!

As the awards season rolled on, we were shortlisted for a South Wales Business Award, a Wales Startup Award and nominated for two WalesOnline Digital Awards. Though we finished runner-up in the latter, we had a great time networking with local business leaders, community organisers and even some celebs too!

Nigel Owens presents Sebastiano, Ana, Rich and Laurence with the Cardiff Life Award

And it didn't stop there, earlier this month we also received confirmation from AI Global Media that we had been named this year's SME News Business Elite's Leading Digital Trading Company of the Year UK.

Stepping into Higher Education

By far our most exciting news is that we have partnered with not one, not two but twenty different UK universities. Starting with University College London, we were able to build on our success to deliver bespoke marketplace for students at Brunel, King's College and five other London universities. Over the summer, we were able to add both Oxford and Cambridge SUs to our roster before the big launch at the start of the 2018/19 academic year.

News of our unique marketplace solution spread rapidly, and before long, we were launching online student markets from across the country, from Keele SU in the north of England to Southampton SU on the south coast.

Student deals

More than just a platform for swapping old textbooks, we wanted our student marketplaces to help in day-to-day university life. We spent the summer months reaching out to a number of great brands, to offer our users a heap of exclusive deals and discounts. Not only do students get the opportunity to earn cash when they add their first item, but they also qualify for a free return coach journey from our friends at Snap.

At selected universities, we also offer students a free JustEat voucher as well as a free two month trial with tastecard.

Not only this, but  we were able to give out tickets to the X-Factor Live Final at the SSE Wembely Arena, London as prizes for new users.

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Brand Ambassador Rhianne and competition winner Alice at the X-Factor Live Final

Our marketplaces also champion local businesses and university societies, providing them with a space to showcase their own deals, discounts and student events.

Growing the team

With so much going on, we decided that we had to strengthen our team...

Back in August, we welcomed our Graduate Marketing Officer Justin to the team. Justin, who has a degree in Business and Marketing, joined us from nearby Swansea University, where he had been working with us to promote the Swansea School of Management marketplace throughout the previous academic year.

We quickly put the new hire to work, and over the last few months, Justin has been travelling up and down the country running student outreach and promo days at our client campuses. Focusing on growing our user base, Justin has also been spreading the good word about our student deals and collecting valuable user feedback as continue to improve our platforms.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming two interns from the European Student Placement Agency (ESPA). Our first was Jacob from Spain, who worked closely with Laurence and Ana on university marketing campaigns. He was quickly followed by Sebastiano from Italy who worked on sales, marketing and prospecting new universities for us to reach out to. Speaking eight languages between them, both interns hit the ground running and surpassed all expectations during their brief spell with us.

Working on campus

With so many universities on board and so little time to promote the marketplaces on campus, we began the mother of all recruitment campaigns...

Over the Summer months, Laurence and Justin set about building a team of Student Brand Ambassadors at every client university. Looking for fun, outgoing and enthusiastic students, we began assembling our squads in time for a chaotic Fresher's schedule.

In the end, we weren't disappointed. A combination of hard work and organisation meant we were able to onboard thousands of students to our marketplaces and get them to take advantage of our exclusive deals and discounts.

Our Ambassadors Lucy and Madiyyah at Queen Mary SU

As the term progressed, hundreds of items were being uploaded to each marketplace and we began to see real organic growth on our platforms.

Also, utilising his connections from his days at Swansea University, Justin was able to spearhead a project to take on a number of student interns. The students are all studying Business, Leadership and Marketing and their work with us will compliment their modules at uni. The interns will work on generating valuable user feedback and growing the existing SoM marketplace.

Creating Paperclip Version 3

It's been a busy year for our Design and Development teams too!

Throughout 2018, we have been quietly working on creating a third version of the marketplace. With all the same great features as versions gone by, we have been working on a faster, more responsive experience more suited to the end user. Taking note of user feedback, we were able to provide a smarter marketplace available on iOS, Android and desktop.

Read all about it...

Not only have Paperclip been featured in national newspaper the Daily Express, but we also found our way onto the WalesOnline Tech 35 companies to watch!

We have also been featured on The Wallet Moth, Savvy Dad and our founders Rich and Alan, made it onto the WalesOnline 35 under 35!

*NB: A huge thank-you to our friends Lynsey and Beth at FD Comms who have worked tirelessly to help raise our profile over the last few month and years.

Money matters

It has been another exciting year in terms of investment and adding new faces to our board.

Back in February, Paperclip completed our third round of funding. This was led by existing investor the Development Bank of Wales, with additional funding from a consortium of angels including GoCompare founder Hayley Parsons, the ex-CFO of the Financial Times John Davis, and Tim Ward, who was part of the team that sold Friends Reunited to ITV back in 2015.

In November, we launched round four. With a stronger platform and a more experienced team, we have been able to secure funding from investors based all over the globe. We expect to close the round in early 2019, stay tuned for further announcements...

2019 and beyond!

It's been a busy year at Paperclip HQ; thousands of new users, dozens of partnerships and scores of new hires. But as we well know, time stops for no app.

After a well-deserved Christmas break, the next few months will be focused on closing our current investment round and growing our user base, both on the global marketplace and on our university marketplaces.  Read more

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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 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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