Paybefore today celebrated the winners in its 2014 Paybefore Awards Europe competition and revealed those selected as Best in Category at the All Payments Expo Europe in Marbella, Spain. Paybefore Awards Europe was created to recognize excellence and innovation in the European prepaid, mobile and emerging payments market.
“The innovators of our industry know no borders precisely because they find ways to solve universal pain points for consumers, governments and businesses, while addressing local requirements,” said Paybefore CEO Marilyn Bochicchio, noting that many of the winners in the European competition also were recognized in the global Paybefore Awards in Las Vegas earlier this year.
Three winners in each of 10 categories, including one Best in Category, were selected by a panel of five industry experts who served as judges for this year’s competition. Judges included Bochicchio; Paybefore’s Editor-in-Chief Loraine DeBonis; Dr. Hugo Godschalk, founder of Prepaid Forum Deutschland; Craig James, CEO of Neopay and chairman of Prepaid International Forum; and Siobhan Moore, senior associate at Locke Lord and a UKGCVA board member.
“It’s an exciting time in payments everywhere in the world, but this year’s Paybefore Awards Europe winners demonstrate how quickly prepaid and mobile solutions are replacing legacy paper-based systems,” Bochicchio added. “Paybefore Awards is proud to recognize the organizations that are taking on paper in its many forms—not just cash—to create value for all stakeholders and push the industry into new territory.”
For the first time, Paybefore invited visitors to vote on one program or company to be selected People’s Choice. We received more than 1,000 votes in the past week.
2014 Paybefore Awards Europe Best-in-Category Winners are:
Best Choice Retail Card
ASDA Closed Loop Gift Cards
ASDA and First Data
Top of Wallet
Best Travel Companion
ICE Travellers Cashcard
International Currency Exchange, Lenlyn Group
Nikon Consumer Cashback Programme
Nikon and Citi Prepaid Services
Payment Card Solutions
Prepaid with Soul
One4all BBC Children in Need Gift Card
Best Problem Solver
Payment Card Technologies
Market Mover (tie)
paysafecard.com Wertkarten AG
The One to Watch: Program
The One to Watch: Company
Wirecard Card Solutions
To read more about all of our winners, click here. Best-in-Category honorees will be featured in the Fall issue of Pay Magazine. Paybefore Awards Best-in-Category winners are featured in the Spring issue on its way to subscribers now.