LONDON, February 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Worldpay, Britain's leading payment-processing company, has scooped the Best Benefits or Loyalty Programme of the Year gong at the Card and Payment Awards 2016, held at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
The Club, part of Worldpay's ongoing commitment to help SMEs grow and prosper, is run in exclusive partnership with Huddlebuy, the UK's largest benefits provider for start-ups and small businesses. Its digital platform, which gives members access to a suite of free and discounted services to help their businesses grow and reach new customers, has been recognised as an innovative platform that delivers best in class service to its customers.
The Card & Payments Awards, now in its eleventh year, recognises customer service, excellence and innovation in the UK and Irish card and payments industry. Worldpay beat off stiff competition in the category from American Express, The Royal Bank of Scotland and TSB to claim the prestigious award.
Commenting on the award, Dave Hobday, UK Managing Director of Worldpay, said "Small businesses can often suffer by not being able to access preferential rates for core business services that are fundamental to success such as advertising, marketing and even employee benefits for attracting and retaining top talent.
"We launched Worldpay Benefits Club with a mission to redress this for the 280,000 SMEs we work with - and we're really pleased that our customers have already saved £10 Million. We're proud to be recognised by the industry for the work we are doing to help small businesses grow and prosper."
Last year, Worldpay reported that its SME customers collectively saved £10m in value-added business services since the launch of Worldpay Benefits Club in 2014. Core benefits from The Club include:
- Placing members' businesses on Google Maps
- Support with email and SMS marketing
- Free press release distribution
- Discounts on branding and logo design
- Free legal and business advice
Worldpay customers who sign up to the Benefits Club can also access a range of personal benefits, from gym memberships to discounted cinema tickets, which might otherwise be out of reach for sole-traders, micro-business owners and employees. According to one study, nearly half (42 percent) of small business owners with full-time employees do not currently offer any benefits.*
Saurav Chopra, co-founder of Huddlebuy, comments: "We strive to be nothing less than best in class for customer engagement platforms, so for The Worldpay Benefits Club to receive industry recognition with such a prestigious award is truly a fantastic achievement. We've made it our mission to help the country's SMEs gain invaluable access to services that accelerate growth as well as to enable business owners to enjoy all the personal perks that were previously only afforded by the largest of corporations. To do this in partnership with Worldpay has been a real privilege."
You can learn more about the Worldpay Benefits Club by visiting: http://www.worldpaybenefitsclub.com
Hear from Worldpay Benefits Club members at: http://www.worldpay.com/uk/wbcvideos
Worldpay is a leader in global payments providing a broad range of technology-led solutions to our customers. We operate reliable and secure proprietary technology platforms that enable customers to accept a vast array of payment types, across multiple channels, almost anywhere in the world. The Group has three operating divisions: global eCom, Worldpay US and Worldpay UK.
On an average day, we process approximately 31 million mobile, online and in-store transactions and in 2014 we supported approximately 400,000 merchants in 126 currencies across 146 countries offering 326 local and alternative methods of payment.
Worldpay UK has a 42% market share in the UK and helps businesses of all sizes sell more to their customers by accepting card payments in-store, online, via mail or telephone, and on the move. http://www.worldpay.com/uk
Huddlebuy is the UK's largest benefits provider for startups and small businesses, helping them grow by offering handpicked business benefits from trusted brands with offers covering financial, marketing, business, technology and telecoms, education and e-learning products, alongside personal perks including gym membership, discounted cinema tickets and exclusive meal deals redeemable at thousands of popular UK restaurants nationwide.
For more information please contact:
Hilary Douglas, Golin: T +44(0)20-7067-0206
Siobhan Acha Derrington, Worldpay: T: +44(0)203-664 4822