Payzone acquires EasyPaymentsPlus and MyEasyPay

Payzone, Ireland’s largest consumer payments network, has announced that it has acquired the EasyPaymentsPlus and MyEasyPay payment platform businesses, developed by Irish owned FeePay Ltd. FeePay Ltd. was originally established in 2009 by its founders, Mary Kelly and Paddy Meehan.

 

In recent times, Payzone has been diversifying further into customised payments solutions as consumers look to conduct more transactions electronically. Both the EasyPaymentsPlus and MyEasyPay online platforms provide Payzone with a complementary offering that can now be deployed across its multiple channels, and through its physical retail network, comprising over 3,000 branded Payzone retail agents, located throughout the country.

 

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EasyPaymentsPlus provides organisations such as schools, clubs and small businesses with a ready-made ‘branded’ online payment facility and data management tools, that enable their customers/members to make easy, secure payments. Over €40 million worth of transactions are processed annually, with over 140,000 people registered and making payments through the system. Clients include such organisations as Leinster Rugby, ISME, The National Performing Arts School, in addition to over 500 schools and clubs nationwide.

 

The MyEasyPay system is designed for people such as tradespeople, field sales teams, private contractors and professional associations who wish to get paid online or by phone. The solution provides a facility to allow users to get paid online, and supports this service with reporting tools to track payments and help with bank reconciliation.

 

Commenting on his company’s latest acquisition, Jim Deignan, CEO at Payzone Ireland said:

 

“We are really looking forward and excited to be bringing the EasyPayments Plus and My EasyPay payment platforms into the Payzone family. These very popular services are an excellent fit for the Payzone brand and will enable us to bring further innovative services to our consumer base around the country that deliver more choice, convenience and the ability to make payments easier for our customers.”

 

Mary Kelly, Managing Director at FeePay Ltd, will continue in her role and join the management team at Payzone. Commenting on this latest development, she said:

 

“Being part of the Payzone network will provide us with the scale and reach we require to grow the business exponentially. Our customers will also benefit greatly from having more direct access to the wider range of payment locations provided by Payzone.”

 

Payzone distributes payments services and products on behalf of a broad range of clients. These include Government agencies, local authorities, utility companies and mobile network operators. It currently processes over 90 million transactions annually across its portfolio of electronic transactions services.

FeePay Ltd is currently based in Shankill, Co. Dublin and employs nine people.

 

Payzone, which was acquired in April 2015 by Carlyle Cardinal Ireland (CCI), the Irish private equity fund founded by The Carlyle Group and Cardinal Capital Group, employs over 80 people based in its Sandyford head office in Dublin.

Heartbleed

You may have seen a lot of press in the last week about the ‘Heartbleed Bug’: a compromise in Internet privacy & security that affects websites based on the Apache web server. Easy Payments Plus was not impacted by this vulnerability and no password information was ever at risk.

At Easy Payments Plus we take Internet security very seriously and as the vulnerability was announced we immediately took action to ascertain if our systems were at risk, which after independent third party verification we were given a clean bill of health.

However, if you share a common password among many internet sites we would heartily encourage you to change your easy payments plus password to something unique as a matter of precaution.

If you have an account with us and would like to change your password, click here.

Advice for web users:

There are ways you can test if websites you visit are vulnerable to the ‘Heartbleed Bug’ before you enter any personal details on them.

If you are a Chrome user you can download a Chrome Extension, Chromebleed, which warns you when a site you’re visiting has been affected.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chromebleed/eeoekjnjgppnaegdjbcafdggilajhpic

Changing Passwords

As a precautionary measure, people are being advised to change the passwords for all of their online accounts — especially the most sensitive accounts (Internet Banking, Email, Social Networks etc…).
If you decide to undertake these [painfully laborious] measures, may we advise that you do not change your password with a website until you are certain that they have already patched the ‘Heartbleed Bug’. This will ensure the safety of your new set of passwords.

Eircom Spider Awards 2013

We are delighted to announce that Easy Payments Plus has been shortlisted for two awards at the upcoming Eircom Spider Awards. We have been nominated for Financial Services and E-Business.

NAPD Conference 2013

Easy Payments Plus will be attending the 2013 NAPD Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway from 17th- 18th October. We look forward to meeting all of you there.

ACCS Convention 2013

Easy Payments Plus will be at the ACCS Convention 2013 on the 7th, 8th and 9th of March in the Slieve Russell Hotel Golf and Country Club, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. We look forward to seeing you all there!

ACCS Convention 2013

IPPN Annual Principals’ Conference 2013

Easy Payments Plus will be at the IPPN Annual Principals’ Conference 2013 on Thursday 24th & Friday 25th January 2013 at Citywest Hotel & Convention Centre.  You can find us at Stand C9.  We look forward to meeting you there.

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Enterprise Ireland Compeditive Start Fund

Mary Kelly was delighted to be invited to the launch on 17th October by The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD of Enteprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs.

 

Competitive Start Fund Launch 2012

Leonora O’Brien, Pharmapod, Mary Kelly, Easy Payments Plus, Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland Executive Director, Global Business Development.