Money transfer business turns to WorldPay to help strengthen global offering

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Press Release November 2013

Azimo selects WorldPay to support global expansion

LONDON (November 2013)WorldPay, a global leader in payment processing, risk and alternative payments and Azimo, a mobile and internet based money transfer business, have today announced an agreement which will see WorldPay manage inbound payment processing for Azimo.

Based in the UK, Azimo serves customers from all over the world providing the capabilities for consumers to send money to banks, cash pay-out locations, home delivery and mobile wallets in 190+ countries. Consumers are able to pay for Azimo money transfers using funds from their UK bank account, a debit card or by depositing cash with one of the company’s banking partners. The service is socially enabled so that users can integrate with their Facebook contacts and send transfers to them directly. Azimo recently announced it had secured a $1,000,000+ Seed investment and is set to use the funding to expand its European operations.

WorldPay was selected to provide global acquiring services in addition to alternative payment acceptance functionality as Azimo looks to expand outside of the UK. Moving forward, WorldPay will enable Azimo to accept a wide range of alternative payment types, aiding its expansion by using WorldPay’s extensive payment offering. WorldPay provides over 200+ alternative payment types globally and is connected to more than 50 local currency clearing systems, which will allow Azimo’s customers to use their preferred payment method when funding money transfers online.

Shane Happach, Chief Commercial Officer, eCommerce division at WorldPay, comments: “According to recent World Bank research, money transfer services handle over $500bn of remittances every year. Even with today’s modern technology, the overseas money transfer process can be complicated and often includes high charges to send funds overseas. It has never been so important to provide customers with the optimum experience online so they can send money easily, fast and at the lowest cost to help maximise transactions, especially when looking to expand internationally. Key to Azimo’s cross-border expansion success is selecting a payment provider that can help capture the global opportunity, while providing a quick, secure and convenient experience to deposit money online.”

Michael Kent, CEO, Azimo, comments: “Already a successful business in the UK, we were keen to rapidly expand our offering internationally but needed a payment provider with the experience, capabilities and knowledge of meeting consumer’s payment demands and preferences overseas. Working with WorldPay will ensure we provide our customers with a seamless and safe environment to transfer money online and give us the global reach to expand internationally.”

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About Azimo
Launched in 2012, Azimo is a UK-based online social money transfer service which is changing the way people send money around the world. Honest, transparent and social, Azimo is the cheapest and easiest way to send money to 198 countries across the world, from your smartphone, tablet or desktop and even through Facebook.

Azimo is challenging the big boys of the money transfer market; with rates up to 85 per cent cheaper and a hard-working team who believe in providing the best customer service, Azimo has created a better way to send money between countries.

Committed to ethical trading, by lowering the cost of transferring cash overseas, Azimo is having a real impact on some of the poorest parts of the world. In addition, the online transfer service has committed to donating up to 10% of its profits to charities that work to support the poorest in society.

Founded by CEO Michael Kent and Marek Wawro, the company is backed by a US$10 million Series A funding round led by Greycroft Partners and including Accion’s Frontier Investments Group, eVentures, TA Ventures, RI Digital Ventures and KRW Schindler Investments.

Azimo is a financial technology company authorised as a Payments Institution by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and registered as a Money Transfer Business with HM Revenue and Customs.

For more information or to transfer money, go to www.azimo.com

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About WorldPay
WorldPay is a leading global provider of payment and risk services, processing millions of transactions every day.  WorldPay is a unification of seven leading retail payment solutions and offers a range of services including acquiring, gateway, alternative payments, risk management, and mobile payments.  WorldPay became an independent company in December 2010. www.worldpay.com

Twitter:     @WorldPay
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/worldpay

WorldPay press contact

Sammy Jamieson / Rebecca Kennett
Octopus Communications for WorldPay
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