Blink launches with £8m funding
New smart employee app Blink has officially launched today. Blink has already raised £8.2million in capital, led by Paris and San Francisco based venture capital firm Partech, alongside a roster of high profile Angel Investors (see below).
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.
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 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 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.
Blink delivers tangible results for its customers: doubling employee engagement rates and dropping staff turnover by up to 26%.
So far in 2020, 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.