London hat maker invests in mobile card reader to accept payments on-the-go

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New mobile card reader and app

New mobile card reader and app

East London hat makers, St Saviours, reports it is taking an innovative approach to accepting credit card payments by using a free app from iZettle, along with a mini-card reader, to turn its iPad into a payment terminal. 

Thanks to iZettle, St Saviours is able to accept card payments on the go from people buying their hats from their stalls at markets and trade fairs.

“We have been on the look out for a device that lets us take card payments but doesn’t cost a small fortune for ages,” said Matthew Bale, owner of St Saviours. “It wasn’t worth our while to invest in a traditional card machine that you often see in corner shops because they lock you in to long contracts, have hidden charges and are just a pain to lug around.

“We used to miss out on business at events because not everyone carries cash. It is a mini miracle that we stumbled across iZettle.”

Merchants can now accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club payments using iZettle’s service. According to the company, there are no lengthy sign up processes, no set up fees, no monthly fees and no minimum spend. iZettle merchants are simply charged 2.75% of each successful payment.

Stewart Roberts, UK managing director at iZettle, said: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy. Our mission is make sure small businesses and sellers such as St Saviours can take card payments anytime and anywhere – with no strings attached.”