PaymentSense announced as National Business Awards finalist

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UK merchant service provider will compete with other leading businesses for the prestigious Growth Business of the Year Award.

UK card processing provider PaymentSense ranked as one of Europe's most promising startups

PaymentSense demonstrates commitment to building from a strong base of operational excellence...

PaymentSense has been shortlisted for the Growth Business of the Year Award at this year’s National Business Awards.

Based in London, PaymentSense is currently the UK’s largest merchant service provider, supplying card payment solutions to more than 30,000 small and medium businesses.

Going up against businesses such as Hermes UK, E-Lites and Tyrrells Crisps, the company will compete for the prestigious award, with the winner being revealed at the National Business Awards gala dinner held on 12 November in London.

Yvonne Quinn, Business Growth Programme, Cranfield School of Management, judge for the category said: “Excellent, innovative product development enables PaymentSense to operate a very successful recurring revenue model. It demonstrates commitment to building from a strong base of operational excellence, a strong entrepreneurial approach which encourages people to learn from mistakes, and very impressive turnover growth.”

George Karibian, one of the PaymentSense founders, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the Growth Business of the Year Award 2013. PaymentSense has gone from strength to strength in the last few years and we are incredibly proud to have our hard work recognised by such a prestigious award scheme.”

Over 150 of Britain’s leading businesses, business leaders and social enterprises have today been revealed as finalists for the 2013 National Business Awards. The finalists announced today represent 15 categories including the Croner Employer of the Year, the Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year and Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year. The Leader of the Year finalists and Decade of Excellence winner will be announced over the coming months.

This year’s shortlisted businesses have a collective global turnover of more than £341 billion, covering activities as diverse as telecoms, construction, entertainment, publishing and manufacturing. One fifth of the finalists turnover more than £1 billion annually - with the lowest turnover peaking at £30k and highest reaching £55 billion. They represent regions from all over Britain including London, Exeter, Glasgow and Cardiff.

Dame Helen Alexander, Chair of judges for the National Business Awards, said: “These organisations and leaders represent exceptional success over the past year. The environment has been tough; these are the firms leading the way to growth. There’s a broad spectrum of sectors represented, as well as organisations of very different sizes, reflecting the diversity of British business and the vitality of our economy. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “The quality of finalists is outstanding every year – with Britain’s most promising new businesses and most impactful social enterprises recognised alongside top performing SMEs and the most sustainable mid market and large cap firms.”

Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated for the titles. They will now prepare to make presentations to expert juries who will decide the category winners. The overall winners across all 17 categories will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 12 November at the Grosvenor House, London.

Visit for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event.

The National Business Awards supports The Prince’s Trust, a charity that offers practical and financial support to young people who need it.

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The full list of categories includes –
The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business
The New Business of the Year
The BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year
The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year
The International Growth Business of the Year
The Digital Business of the Year
The Customer Focus Award
The ICAEW Sustainable Business Award
The Leadership Diversity Award
The Social Enterprise of the Year
The Innovation Award
The Growth Business of the Year
The FTSE 100 Business of the Year
The Corporate Citizenship Award
The Croner Employer of the Year
The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year
The Leader of the Year

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About PaymentSense

PaymentSense was founded by serial entrepreneurs George Karibian and Jan Farrarons. As the UK's largest merchant service provider, PaymentSense enables 30,000 SMEs to process over £2 billion of card payments per year. From chip and PIN machines to e-commerce payment services, PaymentSense supplies small businesses with card processing solutions that allow them to take payments in store, online, over the phone and on the move. PaymentSense was recently named as Europe’s 25 fastest growing digital business at the Media Momentum Awards 2013 and has been shortlisted for the National Business Awards and European Business Awards 2013.

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