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Monday 27 January 2020


Payments Awards 2019 winners announced

Written by Peter Walker

SWIFT and both celebrated double wins at last night’s Payments Awards.

Now in its seventh year, the payment sector’s biggest event of the year was celebrated with a glitzy gala dinner at the Marriott in London’s Grosvenor Square.

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, took home the Best Cross-Border Payments Solution and Payments Infrastructure Award, while open banking platform won Payments Start-up of the Year and PSD2 or Open Banking Initiative of the Year.

Elsewhere, SmartTrade App chairman and chief strategy officer Gary Prince was named a Payments Pioneer, while Wirecard and its subsidiary McLEAR won Marketing Campaign of the Year and Best Contactless Payments Project, respectively.

All the evening’s winners are as follows:

Best Online Payments Solution – Consumer
Winner: Paysafe Group

Best Payments Solution – Merchant

Best Mobile Payments Solution
Winner: PrePay Solutions

Best In-store Payments Solution
Winner: First Data

Best Contactless Payments Project
Winner: McLEAR, issued by Wirecard

Best Prepaid Card Solution
Winner: WeGift

Anti-Fraud Solution of the Year
Winner: Eckoh

Security Innovation of the Year
Winner: Gala Technology

Most Disruptive Payments Technology
Winner: SmartTrade App

Payments Start-up of the Year

Technology Provider of the Year
Winner: Vocalink
Highly Commended: Pay360 by Capita

Best Merchant Acquirer or Processor
Winner: Credorax

Best Cross-Border Payments Solution
Winner: SWIFT

Lending Initiative of the Year
Winner: Divido

Personal Finance App of the Year
Winner: Yolt

B2B Payments Innovation of the Year
Winner: Barclaycard

Best Alternative Payments Project
Winner: AsiaHawala and Comviva

Marketing Campaign of the Year
Winner: Wirecard

Best Use of Biometrics
Winner: Jumio
Highly Commended: HSBC

Blockchain or Cryptocurrency Initiative of the Year
Winner: Coinbase & Paysafe

PSD2 or Open Banking Initiative of the Year

Payments Infrastructure Award
Winner: SWIFT

Payments Innovation of the Year
Winner: Bink

Payments Pioneer Award
Winner: Gary Prince, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, SmartTrade App

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