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3 February 2022


The Card & Payments Awards are open to the following organisations. Please check each category for relevant criteria.

  • For companies based in the UK/RoI: entries can refer to activity in the UK, Ireland and/or Rest of Europe.
  • For companies based in Europe: entries must refer to activity within the UK and/or Republic of Ireland.

Credit Card Issuers

Credit card issuers and also their retail, affinity and co-brand partners. ‘Credit card issuers’ mean the bank or other financial institution licensed to issue credit tokens.

Current Account Providers

Current Account Providers linking a payment card or digital payment facility to a banking or building society account, which is used to pay for goods and services by debiting the holder’s account.

Prepaid Issuers

Prepaid card issuers, meaning any organisation who owns or operates a brand that is utilised (on its own or as a co-brand) in connection with prepaid cards usable in an open network, identified by an issuer identification number (BIN) or, for closed loop, in a significant number of outlets in the relevant country.

Charge Card Issuers

Charge card issuers and also their retail, affinity and other co-brand partners, who provide payment cards that require customers to settle their account in full at the end of a specified period of time.

Merchant Acquirers

Merchant acquirers who are licensed to offer merchant acquiring services in the relevant country.

Other Payments Companies

All entrants must offer payment-related services to companies within the financial services industry.


Retailers are eligible to enter Innovation in Retail Payments and any other category where they can showcase a payments related qualifying entry.

Processors, aggregators, payment facilitators, PSPs/PISPs, ISOs

Providers must offer an existing service to the financial services industry.

Consumer or B2B Brands must make the entries

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. Exceptions to this are Industry Achievement Award, Changing Lives in the Community, Best Industry Innovation, Innovation in Retail Payments and Best Payments Newcomer which are open to all organisations whose principle business is payments.

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