Established since 2006, The Card & Payments Awards uniquely offer organisations – credit, debit, prepaid and charge card issuers, their co-branded affinity or retail card partners, merchant acquirers, payment processors, other payments companies and retailers  – the opportunity to showcase their latest card and payments related initiatives and programmes to the industry and where an award is won, in certain categories, to use it as a differentiator in their customer communications. The awards will recognise, highlight and celebrate the contribution and success of those entries which demonstrate strong product development, best practice, innovation and customer service excellence.

The awards are open in selected categories to credit, debit, prepaid and charge card issuers, and also their retail, affinity and other brand partners, merchant acquirers, payment processors and other payments companies the UK and Republic of Ireland.  Retailers can enter categories where they have a payments initiative that qualifies. All entrants must have been trading in the UK or the Republic of Ireland for at least 12 months prior to the entry deadline. Please read the full eligibility and entry criteria in the Call for Entries brochure. Entries can be submitted only by the organisation that has the direct interface with the end ‘payer’ or the merchant offering the service. Entries may be prepared by suppliers and other members of the value chain but the Award nomination needs to be in the name of the end consumer or B2B brand and needs to be authorised by that brand.

Entries are now open until 2 October 2017.  All the information you need is via the online entry system or in the Call for Entries Brochure.  Please check that you satisfy the eligibility requirements and read the individual category requirements. Your entry should be both detailed and concise and you should follow the entry format guideline outlined in the brochure and online. We recommend you use the Entry checklist to ensure your submission is complete.  The 250-word summary is as important as the main submission, as it provides judges with a quick snapshot of your entry and will encourage them to read the 1000 word entry in more detail. You also need to provide a title and 50 word description of your entry which we will use in the event your entry is shortlisted. It is important that this does not contain any confidential information.

For the 2018 Awards, entries should refer to initiatives launched or refreshed and re-promoted in the UK or Irish card and payments market between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017 for ‘of the year’ categories. The other categories require entries to refer to significant results achieved from existing or new initiatives, programmes, products or services during the same period. Please refer to the category descriptions for specific details for each category.

Yes, a product, project or initiative my be entered for more than one entry but we would recommend that the same entry is not entered more than twice. We would however draw your attention to the fact that different factors are considered in the individual categories and the entries should be tailored appropriately as the judges will be considering the specific category criteria when making their decisions. Entry fees are applicable for each entry submitted. The cost of an entry is £275 plus VAT

All entries need to be sufficiently strong and compelling to stand alone without supporting material. Supporting material is used by the judges in the event that your entry is shortlisted, but not before (the exception to this is the Best Marketing Campaign of the Year or Best Design of the Year). Any supporting material should demonstrate and illustrate how your initiative, campaign or programme worked. Material may include leaflets, brochures, posters, photographs, press clippings, screen captures, samples of product or adverts (off the page or TV – supplied on DVD). You may also include visual results in graph, table or pie chart format etc.  Supporting material should be restricted to 3 items.

We would recommend that you do not overload the judges with supporting material but tailor it wisely so that it is focused and genuinely supports the entry.

The Call for Entries 2018 is now open and the closing date is 2 October 2017.

Competition is always strong and it is worth taking the time to make a really strong submission.  Do start thinking about your entry as soon as possible. 

Entries will need to be submitted online by the closing deadline

Yes. Entry fees are payable for each entry submitted (with the exception of Industry Achievement of the Year). Fees per entry are £275 + VAT (£330). We can take payment by card, either online or via telephone. We can raise an invoice for you but do request that payment is made punctually within 7 days. Entries will not be judged if payment has not been received. Please ensure that you factor this in if you want to use this payment method. Fees are not refundable in the event an entry is withdrawn or ineligible. Entrants will receive an acknowledgement by email within 7 working days with a Unique Reference Number for each entry which should be quoted if contacting the organisers.

The Judging panel is made up of independent judges and industry experts. You can find a complete list of judges here. The judges are chaired by Roger Alexander. The judging process begins in mid-October. A selected group of the judges will be assigned to each category and they will score all the entries. Based on scores a shortlist will be published for each category.  The entire panel will then review these shortlisted entries and the winner will be selected at the final judging day, which will take place towards the end of November. Judges will be required to declare any vested or conflict of interest at the time of judging in any particular submission and will be asked to abstain from voting in that category. Supporting material is not supplied to judges at the initial shortlisting stage, with the exception of the design category and the marketing category. Judges will review any supporting material that has been provided on the final judging day

All our judges sign a Code of Conduct covering confidentiality, conflict of interest and general rules of judging.

The shortlist will be published in on 15 November 2017 . Shortlisted finalists will be notified individually slightly ahead of the formal publication. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Thursday 1 February 2018. We do not advise winners ahead of the Ceremony.

The Card and Payments Awards Ceremony and Dinner (awards night) will take place at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on the evening of Thursday 1 February 2018. You can place table bookings now. Please note we operate a ‘first come first served policy for table allocation’. Table location is secured at the point of payment. Note: We do not sell individual places, only full tables.

The dress code for the evening is black tie/dinner suit/tuxedo.

Rooms at The Grosvenor House Hotel are available at a special rate for guests of The Card & Payments Awards.  Log on to, and insert EG4 in the Corporate/Promo code box. By quoting the code EG4 you will get the best available event rate. 

As usual we are partnering with a company called Priority to arrange competitive hotel rates at hotels in the area.  Hotel reservations are not the responsibility of The Card and Payments Awards Ltd and this should be arranged directly through the Priority booking service – the rate card is fully accessible at the Priority website using the event code: ‘cca’ or you can call them on 01473 550 620 quoting reference ‘cca’. 

The winner of each category will receive a trophy and certificate which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner on the evening of 1 February 2018 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The winners will be profiled on the website and in the post event magazine which is circulated to all attendees the month following the event.  All Winners & Finalists are at liberty to undertake their own post-win PR and marketing activity to leverage the most from the evening. We provide all Winners and Finalists with an electronic seal that they are entitled to use on their marketing collateral. Finalists will also receive a certificate.