History of allpay
Formerly known as Financial Collection Services (FCS) Ltd, allpay began providing swipecard payment facilities to facilitate revenue collection for local government and housing associations in 1994. It began with two clients and four members of staff.
Managing Director and Founder, Tony Killeen, first conceptualised the idea of electronic bill payments whilst collecting rents on behalf of the council:
"It was very frustrating working with paper-based bill payment systems. I knew there had to be a better way. This gave me the idea of using technology to speed up the process. What I used to do on paper at the council, we now do with swipe cards.
Our system provides convenience and choice for the people paying bills and greater efficiency for any organisation collecting payments."
Through the 1990s Financial Collection Services experienced rapid growth and renamed allpay.net Limited in October 2000 to reflect the electronic core of its business which then offered payment solutions to any industry requiring revenue collection.
The 2004 relocation of allpay's entire operation to new purpose-built premises at Whitestone on the outskirts of Hereford marked the beginning of another growth phase.
November 2006 saw the completion of a second purpose built office and production area with state-of-the-art facilities - fully air conditioned, modern, open plan offices with restaurant, gym facilities and nature reserve. allpay now employs over 250 people and provides payment solutions for more than 750 public and private sector organisations.
allpay has always strived to maintain the highest standards in quality and security.
In August 2008 we became PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliant – a critical achievement in today’s payment card market. In addition to the strict ISO 27001 security accreditation achieved in October 2008 and ISO 9001 Quality Management System certification, this complemented our achievement in becoming a BACS accredited Commercial Bureau and accredited to MasterCard physical security standard.
2008 saw the signing of a sponsorship deal with Gloucester Rugby until 2016. This partnership with the Guinness Premiership club was another opportunity for allpay to strengthen its reputation in a competitive marketplace whilst providing staff the chance to rub shoulders with the sporting elite.
In 2009 we changed our company name to allpay Limited and celebrated the launch of a new logo to take us into our next phase of growth as a technological, innovative and customer-focused organisation.
We continue to innovate in the payments field, developing card production facilities with the introduction of prepaid cards as well as invest in our existing services.
Not satisfied with just providing an extensive range of payment solutions, allpay now enables more communities across Herefordshire to surf the web using allpay Broadband. We recognised that many households, mostly in rural areas, were digitally excluded simply due to their location so thriving on such challenges, we set about making a difference to the community.
As for what the future holds, the coming years are sure to be just as exciting. We are building another two buildings over the next year and we thrive on the challenge of moving onwards and upwards using our famous pioneering outlook.
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