Sage launches e-payment service for SMEs

26 May 2009

Sage has launched a secure online credit and debit-card processing for Irish businesses that will allow them to accept payments through their websites, over the phone or by mail order.

Using the SagePay system, customers’ credit-card details are entered on a secure payment page and no cardholder information is ever passed unencrypted. The system provides a simple wizard that will take users through the payment process step-by-step. 

“In today’s business climate, where businesses are increasingly concerned about economic uncertainty, companies are scrutinising their processes and their costs to see where improvements can be made to ‘tighten their belts’ and increase cash flow,” explained David O’Reilly, general manager, Sage Pay Ireland. 

“Others are looking to the online market as a new sales route to market. We have entered the card processing market because we believe it’s a good fit with our ethos of supporting Irish companies to manage their cash flow and grow their businesses,” O’ Reilly said.

The solutions also contain flexible payment features, multicurrency capability, simple integration and provide comprehensive reports. Sage is Level 1 compliant under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and active members of the PCI SSC (Security Standards Council).

“The technology is robust and secure and allows users to comply with data protection regulations, which mandate that the credit-card details should not be held longer than is necessary to promote the payment,” O’Reilly continued.

“With this new e-payment service, we are supporting Irish businesses to expand into the global online marketplace.

“Processing payments automatically helps ensure both cash flow and means your business is always active.  You know you are getting payment from customers’ instantaneously in one transaction, and you avoid wasting time, money and resources trying to chase up payments,” he added.

By John Kennedy

Pictured at the launch of Sage Pay are from left: David O’Reilly, general manager, Sage Pay Ireland, and business partner, Colette Ducie, Earthnet