Blink Launches with £8 Million Funding
Blink, the number 1 employee app, created to connect and empower all staff whether they are working on the front line or behind the desk has officially launched today. The launch comes after the company raised £8 million in capital, in a round led by Partech in which many Angel Investors also participated.
The launch has been a long time in the making: for 15 months, Blink has been developed and deployed in partnership with leading organisations including Stagecoach, Domino's and the NHS, in order to empower and protect frontline and key workers inside their organizations.
Blink combines workplace messaging with access to rotas, policy and training documents, e-payslips, and holiday booking forms in order to provide everything that an employee will require during their employment, all in one place on their personal device. It works to boost levels of engagement and productivity and thus increase the overall sense of happiness in the work environment.
Blink, since its first major rollout in January of 2019 at transport company Stagecoach, Blink has been deployed in over 100 organisations in 14 countries. Two months into the lockdown, Blink had been accessed 25 million times by frontline workers.
Sean Nolan, Founder and CEO of Blink, commented:
“The Covid-19 crisis has underlined the critical role that frontline and key workers play in our society. The whole deskless workforce has been starved of investment. Now more than ever they need empowering with better tools so they can effectively perform their essential roles. Every worker needs instant access to the latest information around staying safe, a voice for feeding back to management, and the capability to support their peers on the frontline.”
“We started Blink to make it easy to empower workers wherever they are; with information at their fingertips but also have a voice in improving day-to-day operations. We believe if you empower and equip those on the frontline, they are best positioned to make a difference. The organisations that will survive and thrive in the next decade will be those who put their frontline first.”
Romain Lavault, General Partner at Partech commented:
“Blink is the digital backbone of companies who run the real world and don’t sit behind a computer. Most organisations have realised during this crisis how much they depend on their frontline employees. It’s for the millions of essential nurses, bus drivers, construction workers or supply chain operators that run the economy. In just a year, Blink has already been adopted by more than 60,000 enterprise users in the UK, US and Australia who open the Blink app more than 15 times per day on average. This massive adoption is the best tribute to the incredible work done by Sean, Barry and the entire Blink team. We are thrilled to have been supporting them from Day 1 and look forward to the global expansion ahead!”