PFS and Brent Council Win Highly Commended Accolade at Cards and Payment Awards 2013

PFS and Brent Council Win Highly Commended Accolade at Cards and Payment Awards 2013
Friday 15 February 2013

Prepaid Financial Services client beats strong competition from major payment firms.

London, UK - The London Borough of Brent and Prepaid Financial Services were recognised for a highly commended entry, for the Brent Direct Payments Initiative, in the "Best Alternative Payments Programme" category at the Cards and Payment Awards 2013.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Alexander Armstrong, following a black tie dinner at The Grosvenor House Hotel. The Brent Direct Payments Initiative beat off competition from a number of major players within the payments industry including Barclaycard, O2 Money, Skrill and WorldPay, to be awarded the highly commended gong in this category.

Noel Moran, CEO of Prepaid Financial Services, commented: "We are honoured to be one of only 3 prepaid card providers to have been awarded at the prestigious Cards and Payments Awards 2013. This award is recognition for the efforts of the PFS team in supporting the London Borough of Brent as they strive to maintain and grow vital services, including benefit payments to those in need of social care services, in the current financial climate. We will continue to support them in their aim to extend the alternative payments initiative to other departments and other local authorities across the UK."

Brent believes that the system has moved their Direct Payments monitoring firmly into the 21st century with a completely scalable solution designed to reduce costs and improve efficiency. The new alternative payments system has provided benefits to both the council and benefit recipients, and can potentially help other councils and health services to meet austerity objectives through Brent's managed services proposal, which is under consultation.

Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Director of Finance at Brent, commented: "We are delighted by the recognition the programme continues to receive from industry, media and government. However, the real award is the amazingly positive impact the programme is making to our service user's lives every single day."

The Card & Payments Awards aim to encourage best practice in the UK and Irish card and payment industries by recognising the achievements and successes of companies and individuals operating within them. The awards acknowledge organisations who advocate responsible customer acquisition, clarity of information and who support the community around them. Other award categories focus on technological developments, product design, innovation and marketing.

The London Borough of Brent is one of many public sector organisations benefitting from the prepaid solutions provided by Prepaid Financial Services. If you are interested in finding out how your organisation could benefit from unique real time integrated prepaid disbursement solutions from Prepaid Financial Services, contact a member of our sales team call us on +44 (0)207 125 0321 or e-mail us at [email protected]