21 May 2020

Blink raises £8.2M to connect key workers during COVID-19

Blink, a new smart employee app, officially launches this week. Over the past 15 months, Blink has been developed and deployed in partnership with leading organisations including Stagecoach, Domino’s and the NHS to empower and protect frontline and key workers inside their organisations.

The company, founded by CEO Sean Nolan, designed the app to empower key workers on the frontline. It provides them with a single app to access all important information and systems and the ability to connect with their colleagues. Blink has already raised £8.2M led by Paris and San Francisco based venture capital firm Partech, alongside a roster of high profile Angel Investors.

For the past year, Blink has been partnering with frontline organisations to solve real-life problems for their workers. The first major rollout in January 2019 was for 22,000 employees at the transport company Stagecoach. Employees can access rosters, complete digital forms for leave, absence and accidents, access digital payslips and feedback in real-time to managers on issues and concerns impacting them.

Since then, Blink has been deployed in over 100 organisations in 14 countries including customers such as the NHS and the Prison Service. Two months into the lockdown, Blink had been accessed 25 million times by frontline workers.

“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.” – Sean Nolan, CEO, Blink

The Blink app allows companies to push out information to employees’ personal phones, like wellbeing & compliance messages,  including COVID-19 updates. Crucially, it supports employees who were previously disconnected from the workplace; it gives them a voice to feedback to managers; it protects them through reducing transference risks from paper by introducing digital forms.

“Just as Zoom’s growth has been bullish amongst desk-based workers in lockdown, Blink has been explosive amongst deskless workers; particularly in the transport, health and care sectors.” – Peter Durkin, Business Development, Blink

Blink delivers tangible results for its customers: doubling employee engagement rates and dropping staff turnover by up to 26 per cent. In recognition of their new approach to transforming frontline culture, Blink won three ‘Digital Workplace of the Year’ awards last year in the USA, UK and Australia, against competition from Microsoft, Google and Facebook.

So far this year, the Blink team has doubled in size and opened offices in Sydney and New York. Demand for their service has required a further recruitment drive, with plans to double in size again this summer. April saw the company growing at the fastest pace yet, as companies adopted Blink as part of their COVID-19 response, with the highest growth in the Healthcare and Care Home sectors.

Blink is now opening up the platform so any company can get started immediately with a simple online set-up process via the company website. With a 14 day free trial, 24/7 support, and a 100-day money-back guarantee, companies can connect their entire workforces today.

“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!” – Romain Lavault, General Partner, Partech