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B4B Payments selected to join Mastercard Fintech Express Programme

B4B Payments, a leading global payments provider, is pleased to announce it will join the Mastercard Fintech Express Programme.

As part of the Mastercard Developers initiative, it is set up to provide support in obtaining licensing for issuing Mastercard prepaid, debit and credit cards either directly with Mastercard or through its qualified ‘Express Issuance’ partners.

For more than 15 years, FCA authorised B4B Payments has been deploying instant and secure prepaid solutions to the business community. The award-winning company enables organisations of any size to manage payments, expenses, gifts, or rewards quickly and safely, all via automated and streamlined processes, embedded within its powerful platform.

Joining the Fintech Express Programme is a natural next step in cementing the relationship with Mastercard. In 2020, B4B took its first steps within the scheme as Principal member, which provided B4B access to the worldwide acceptance network as card issuer. This extended partnership aligns with B4B’s mission to make innovative payment capabilities instantly accessible for all businesses that need it.

Paul Swinton, B4B Payments CEO said: “We are absolutely thrilled to join the Mastercard Fintech Express programme to quickly support organisations to go live with Mastercard with our turnkey solution. As we continue to disrupt business payments by providing quicker, more efficient, and cost-effective cashless pay-outs, this partnership will help us deliver more choice to organisations looking to scale and succeed via the power of seamless payments.”

Jason Lane, EVP, Market Development, Mastercard Europe commented: “We are pleased to welcome B4B Payments into the Fintech Express Programme. We look forward to further developing our relationship and are confident that they will continue to benefit from our extensive network and resources.”

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B4B Payments shortlisted for two awards at the FS Tech Awards 2022

B4B Payments is shortlisted for the FS Tech awards in Best Use of Mobile and Financial Inclusive Award.

B4B Payments is delighted to have been shortlisted for the FS Tech Awards 2022 in two categories. The nominations are in the Best Use of Mobile and Financial Inclusion categories. The FS Tech Awards celebrates excellence and innovation within the UK and EMEA financial services sector.

B4B Payments have been recognised in both categories for our rapid response during the pandemic, where we provided a quick and secure payment solution for NGOs tackling some of the biggest social problems in the world. Our easy-to-use mobile app made financial services more accessible, for migrants and victims of modern slavery.  By reducing risk, streamlining processes and modernising the support they offer, a large number of charities were better placed to increase the number of people they could help during the initial stages of the crisis.

Winners will be announced on 17 March 2022 at the Awards Gala Dinner.

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B4B partners with Sentinels to support Anti-Money Laundering compliance

Leading provider of B2B issuing solutions chooses Sentinels to support Anti-Money Laundering compliance across European markets.

B4B Payments, the leading global provider of card issuing solutions for businesses has selected Sentinels to support Anti-Money Laundering compliance across European markets. The Sentinels platform will facilitate B4B Payments in meeting anti-money laundering (AML) compliance requirements by improving the accuracy of fraudulent transaction detection across its portfolio of products.

A leader in innovative fintech solutions, B4B Payments requires a flexible AML solution that meets the monitoring requirements of the company’s diverse product and customer range – encompassing both corporate accounts and individual cardholders. The solution must also be scalable to support its increasing number of transactions as it expands its portfolio of payment solutions for businesses.

Sentinels was selected due to its ability to monitor transactions globally, together with the platform’s highly adaptable risk-based approach which results in quicker and more accurate identification of fraudulent transactions.

Using data-driven insights, Sentinels optimises AML and transaction monitoring processes and generates real-time insights to streamline workflows and compliance. Rules-based alert shaping reduces the number of false positives and provides a clearer, more comprehensive view into the transaction environment.

“The AML solution from Sentinels offers an intuitive environment for our compliance officers to monitor transactions, as well as the ability to easily edit monitoring rules. As compliance requirements become more stringent across Europe, partnering with Sentinels ensures that we are in the strongest position to meet these obligations and provide our stakeholders with the highest assurance that we are committed to supporting anti-money laundering efforts across the board.”

B4B CEO and co-founder, Paul Swinton

The Sentinels platform combines information from different data silos with external sources to feed its insight engine. Historical data and client feedback shape recommendations for next steps so that the platform’s insights continuously improve and grow in sophistication.

We’re excited to onboard B4B Payments to provide highly accurate data-driven insights that improve AML detection rates and increase efficiency across compliance workloads. Our partnership stems across multiple jurisdictions, enabling B4B Payments to operate in line with the varying AML requirements of its current regulators – the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and the Bank of Lithuania. We look forward to providing the nuanced support required as it expands its services further across the globe.” 

Joost van Houten, CEO of Sentinels

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B4B Payments signs deal to join the Banking Circle ecosystem

Leading provider of B2B issuing solutions will become part of Banking circle ecosystem.

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London, 16th November 2021 – B4B Payments (B4B), a leading global provider of card issuing solutions for businesses, is set to join the Banking Circle ecosystem to complement the Banking Circle payments Bank, providing accounts, payments and issuing to Payments businesses, Banks and Corporates. The deal is now going through the regulatory approval process. After closing of the acquisition, B4B will operate as an independent sister company of Banking Circle.

Together, Banking Circle and B4B will form a unique industry-leading provider of issuing and payment solutions with full value chain-coverage and scalability. As part of the Banking Circle ecosystem, B4B will continue to expand its portfolio of payments solutions for businesses, providing an unrivalled scope of financial services and product add-on optionality with wide reach and distribution power.

The management team will remain with B4B and will continue to lead the company going forward. In addition, Tom Jennings and Brian Lawlor, both with over 15 years of experience within the payments and issuing industry, will join B4B’s management team to help scale the business.

Paul Swinton, co-founder and CEO of B4B Payments, commented: “We are thrilled to become part of this fast-growing and innovative organisation. Under the new ownership we will have access to the investment and financial infrastructure to build on and accelerate our expansion across Europe and the US, and to expand our portfolio of payments solutions for businesses. In addition, we plan to launch a unique BIN-sponsorship proposition, building on B4B’s leading issuing capabilities and Banking Circle’s financial technology platform.

Anders la Cour, Chief Executive Officer of Banking Circle Group added: “We are very excited that B4B is joining the Banking Circle ecosystem. Banking Circle is growing rapidly in both its customer base and its service offering, and B4B Payments is a natural extension of that evolution. Together with B4B, we can provide Banks and Payments businesses with additional capabilities such as card issuing, built on top of our core platform of payments, accounts and liquidity. We look forward to working closely with the B4B team.”

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B4B launches sustainable card solution for its corporate customers

Roughly six billion payment cards are produced annually worldwide, with 75% of gift cards still being actual physical cards.

The environmentally-friendly card material made from 76% recycled post-industrial waste, will help B4B Payments reduce the amount of plastic produced for its payment cards every year.

Paul Swinton, Chief Executive Officer at B4B Payments said:

“Whilst the adoption of virtual cards is accelerating and our range of digital solutions continues to expand, we are committed to reducing the impact of card production on the environment, by using sustainable card materials.”

When considering our role in tackling environmental challenges, it was vitally important that we could maintain the superior card quality that our clients and card holders expect, but combine it with sustainable production techniques and materials that will help us protect the environment for years to come. We are delighted that our extended partnership with Thames Technology lets us deliver that.”

As a leader in FinTech and business payments and voted the Best Prepaid Product of the Year in 2019, the extended partnership with Thames Technology allows B4B Payments to add to its cutting-edge card capability, providing more choice to its corporate customers. The card is produced using a post-industrial recycled PVC core along with degradable overlay and non-plastic components including chip and antenna for payment cards. Overall creating a sustainable payment solution that will help reduce its contribution to climate change.

Angela Davies, Head of Financial and ID Sales at Thames Technology said:

“We are delighted to be supporting B4B Payments in its mission to offer a more environmentally friendly card solution to its growing list of corporate clients. Thames Technology’s business commitment to sustainability during 2020 resulted in the launch of our Eden range; a selection of PVC alternatives ideal for both financial and retail use, so it’s extremely satisfying to see our clients embrace this.”

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Banking Circle & B4B Payments join forces for innovative corporate payments service

Leading corporate prepaid payment provider selects Banking Circle for corporate accounts and clients’ funds safeguarding services

B4B Payments, a leading global prepaid payments provider, has selected Banking Circle to provide payments infrastructure for its corporate banking services. Providing prepaid solutions to businesses for more than 15 years, FCA authorised B4B enables organisations of any size to manage expenses, simplify payroll, reimbursements, and offer employee rewards and incentives.

As a leader in FinTech and prepaid business payments and voted the Best Prepaid Product of the Year in 2019, the new partnership with Banking Circle will enable B4B Payments to offer innovative, flexible, and time-saving solutions that streamline and eliminate antiquated finance and accounting processes. Initially Banking Circle will provide virtual IBAN accounts for B4B clients as well as safeguarding services.

Banking Circle Virtual IBAN gives financial institutions such as B4B the ability to issue virtual IBANs in their customers’ names in a way that traditional banks would simply not facilitate due to risk and legacy systems limitations. It is a genuine game-changer for the payments marketplace.

The future vision of the two companies’ collaboration includes utilising Banking Circle’s multi-currency accounts, SEPA and SWIFT transactions solutions and foreign exchange (FX) capabilities. By making payments ‘feel local’, Banking Circle will be removing the need for B4B to have a physical presence in each country in which its customers operate, yet deliver payment costs comparable to those of local banks in the region.

“Banking Circle is changing the dynamics of the global payments ecosystem. It is doing the heavy lifting for businesses like ours by establishing a super-correspondent banking network that will deliver fast and cost-effective solutions for our clients. We therefore see our partnership as integral to our ambitious development plans.”

B4B CEO and co-founder, Paul Swinton

“The diverse customer base of B4B requires flexibility and adaptability to serve their needs and we are delighted to be able to provide payments infrastructure to underpin that service. Our mission at Banking Circle is to tackle the legacy of high cost and slow international payments and B4B is another business that has seen the value we can add to their proposition.”

Anders la Cour, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Banking Circle

About Banking Circle

Banking Circle is a financial infrastructure provider to Payments businesses and Banks. As a fully licensed bank, free of legacy systems, Banking Circle technology enables payments companies and banks of any scale to seize opportunities in the new economy – quickly, at low cost and in line with high standards of compliance and security – with direct access to clearing that bypasses old, bureaucratic and expensive systems.

Banking Circle solutions are increasing financial inclusion. From accounts to lending, international payments to settlements and FX to compliance, Banking Circle technology is helping thousands of businesses transact across borders in a way that was previously not possible.

Banking Circle is owned by EQT VIII and EQT Ventures in partnership with Banking Circle’s founders. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Banking Circle has offices in London, Munich, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

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Lithuania’s new B4B legislative changes: Why prepaid cards are the future

In April 2021, the Seimas approved draft amendments to Lithuania’s Labour Code, which will forever change the way Lithuanians will be paid by their employers. As of 1 January 2022, employers will no longer be allowed to pay their employees with cash, but via payment transfer to a digital account. Ideally, this will prevent unauthorised payments from being made in a ‘shadow industry’ and move Lithuania towards a cashless society.

An ideal solution moving forward would be for employers to take advantage of B4B’s prepaid payment cards for their payroll needs.

“This is a pivotal point for many organisations in Lithuania, and we believe our solution will be very helpful for transport and construction companies and accounting agencies providing payroll solutions”

Vladimiras Kolesovas- General Manager, B4B Payments Europe

Prepaid B4B Payment Cards

B4B Payments provides a pragmatic approach to payment processing solutions, which can enable any size organisation to simplify their payroll and reimbursements and manage their expenses while at the same time offer an employee incentives and rewards program. When you choose B4B to handle your payroll affairs, you can streamline your entire payroll arrangement by distributing employee compensation through a prepaid mastercard®.

B4B has created an adaptable prepaid card solution that will save your organisation money on fees and costs associated with the traditional payroll processes. These cards can be used for a variety of currencies: GBP, EUR, or USD. Our ground-breaking approach is especially useful for businesses with short term or temporary staff, so that you, the business owner, can meet the ever-changing demands of your workforce and not be constrained by limited means.

“We really appreciate how easy the B4B system is to use. Our staff get paid on time with minimum fuss, straight onto a Mastercard®, and their funds are available to use immediately. We highly recommend B4B Payments to anyone who needs to efficiently pay seasonal or unbanked workers.”

Carmen Chicea, Head of Administration, HPS Services


By using prepaid cards for payroll, businesses can benefit from low running fees. Processing costs associated with conventional paper payment methods can be costly, so B4B has ensured that businesses are free from these costs by eliminating load fees from our prepaid cards.
You can choose to have the cards delivered to your office or have the cards delivered directly to the cardholders’ homes. You also have the option to bulk order cards so that you can issue them at the time of your choosing. You’re in complete control when using our secure online management platform.


A Successful Case

The dynamic HR firm, Alpha Contract Solutions, provides civil engineering consultants and contractors to prominent projects throughout Europe. They required an intuitive, adaptable and secure payment system to help manage their payroll of UK contractors, many of whom were working abroad on temporary projects in other countries without local bank accounts. The award-winning and innovative prepaid Mastercard solution from B4B Payments ended up being the perfect fit for their business.

Before signing up with B4B Payments, ACS used traditional banking systems of international transfers across borders, but soon found that the process was time-consuming and tricky for both management and contractors in situ.

The service we received from banks was slow and expensive with payments sometimes taking days. We need to look after our people, and delays like that are unacceptable.”

Sefton Hanley, Managing Director of ACS

In ACS’s case, the process became simplified. ACS contractors were issued with a prepaid card specially branded with the company logo and specially chosen colour scheme. No requirements were put upon the employee to fill out any extra paperwork, and each employee received an SMS notification whenever a payment had been made. Funds were loaded quickly and securely without issue. Employees could then use the card to purchase services and goods at wherever they chose, as payment is accepted both online and in-store alike.

Another advantage of branded prepaid B4B card

You always want to seek out ways to gain exposure for your company, and prepaid payment cards from B4B are a great way to advertise your brand. As you have full control over the colours and logo, you can design an eye-catching prepaid Mastercard that will surely get noticed when one of your employees is making a purchase in the wider world. This is a wonderful way of getting your branding seen by a larger audience without putting in a great deal of effort.



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B4B Payments partners with NGOs in modern slavery response

Supplying prepaid Fintech solutions for NGO organisations

A critical issue for all of the NGOs who support victims of modern slavery is how to pay aid in a way that doesn’t put them at risk of being targeted as known carriers of cash. For the victims themselves, being unbanked creates problems with payments in their daily lives as well as with accessing government support systems.

What is modern day slavery?

Modern-day slavery is a critical global issue that is still commonplace in the United Kingdom. Since 2011, local NGOs have had to supply aid to more than 10,000 victims. In 2019, nearly half (46%) of potential victims who were referred to the support scheme were from London.

On a global level, it is estimated that 1 in 200 people are currently slaves. These people are the victims of a variety of exploitative practices and are often forced into work on factories and farms or coerced into the sex industry. Many also end up pushed onto getting involved in illegal pursuits such as smuggling drugs.

B4B Payment’s solution

B4B is a fast-growing Fintech company and an established presence in the prepaid card sector, currently helping NGOs to supply prepaid cards to modern slavery victims.
The launch of their improved process is one of many initiatives that NGOs and their partners have developed in collaboration with the Home Office to improve the way that charity aid is supplied to modern-day slavery victims. Prepaid cards, in particular, help NGOs to reduce the level of in-person contact needed during the current pandemic. These payments are provided under Government contracts and allow NGOs to provide essential payments to help victims begin their process of recovery.

Better inclusivity and safety for victims

By pairing up with B4B Payments, NGOs can now supply the people they help with a prepaid Mastercard® rather than a cash payment. This cashless solution enables staff to send the victim a one-off payment in full, without any worries that they will be targeted for carrying money. Card users are also empowered to make payments online, just like they could with a normal bank card. This means that they can access Government services or purchase things from home much more easily should they have a disability or be adhering to COVID-related social distancing precautions.

An NGO spokesperson said: “Bringing forward the roll-out of prepaid cards has been one of the key adaptations we’ve successfully introduced in recent weeks to help survivors of slavery as they not only begin to live independently but also supporting them to do this within Government guidelines, to protect them from infection.”

CEO of B4B Payments, Paul Swinton, said: “It has been hugely rewarding to provide our services to NGOs because they’re tackling some of the biggest social problems in the world today. Financial inclusion is an issue that cuts across so many different areas including modern slavery, domestic abuse, people trafficking, and homelessness, and we as a financial technology company must do our bit to innovate and help the less fortunate.”

A success story

By partnering with NGOs to create a cashless solution for the previously unbanked victims of modern-day slavery, B4B issued over 7700 prepaid cards across 13 organisations. This included a partnership with one of the largest and most well-known charities globally. Since initiation, over 140,000 transactions have been made using the cards and over £7.7 million in charitable funds have been processed through the new system.

In addition, the program took only two weeks to issue a victim with a prepaid card from the initial sign-up date. The positive impact on the lives of the victims can be seen in the increased safety of their payment methods and the improved convenience of online shopping and access to governmental systems. As previously unbanked people, they can now have the benefits of a card and the financial inclusivity it allows.

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RIP inter-departmental ping-pong. Swanky office perks are dead.

Say hello to a new era in employee perks.

Gone are the days of enticing office employee perks. Today’s employers must think of innovative methods to reward employees, whether they’re based in the office and or at home. Whereas before staff could look to employers to provide perks, ranging from everything from extra paid time off to ping pong tables in the break room and beer in the fridge, the landscape for employee incentives has now changed thanks to the significant rise in remote working. According to Anouk Agussol in the Financial Times, “Companies that don’t have flexibility benefits as standard will really lose out. It’s no longer an advantage to have it, it’s a disadvantage not to.”

Prepaid cash cards, the perk for everyone

Where once it might have been enticing to have fun office perks – think extra holidays, free food in the breakroom, wellness days, on-site gyms, laundry centres and much more – according to the Financial Times’ Perk Popularity Index, employees are now shifting towards matters of physical and mental wellness as well as financial freedom.

B4B Payments offers an ideal product with our prepaid cards for business. The employer creates a specialised prepaid business card complete with the company’s own branding and logo. The card can then be distributed to employees, who then choose how, when and where to spend it. B4B payment cards allow money to be spent at multiple vendors, unlike single-use store cards. By providing them with a prepaid B4B payment card, you could be helping them to repay student loans. In areas where the economy has been hit harder by Covid, your B4B payment card might be assisting with something as fundamental as groceries. Employees once enjoyed free sushi in the break room; today’s needs might be something more essential. Crucially, though, you’re leaving the spending power in the hands of the employee.

“We were looking for a solution that allows our employees the freedom to spend their reward where they wish. Working with B4B Payments, we came up with the My Bunzl Rewards branded Mastercard. We wanted the rewards process to be as easy as possible for everyone and we’re very pleased to be working with B4B Payments to make this happen. The feedback from the business divisions and Bunzl employees themselves has been really positive.”

Krystle Siaw, Bunzl plc.

The benefits of a branded prepaid B4B card

Gaining exposure for your brand is always a huge benefit to any organisation, and prepaid payment cards are no exception to this rule. For instance, if your employees were to go to a corporate event such as a conference and need to cover their expenses, they could always reach down into their wallet and grab their prepaid B4B payment card, showing off your company’s brand whilst they pay for their item of choice. This is a quick and easy way of getting seen by more people within your own industry, while putting minimal effort into getting this publicity. With a colourful and vibrant company prepaid B4B payment card, your business will stand out from the crowd.


B4B Payments provides modern payment processing solutions that enable any size organisation to simplify payroll and reimbursements, manage expenses and offer valuable employee incentives and rewards. By working with B4B Payments, your corporate expense management team no longer needs to worry about overextending itself on business payments and payouts. You decide how much money will be topped up on your prepaid B4B payment cards and keep yourself well within your own working budget.

If you’re interested in a prepaid B4B payment card to reward your employees and get your brand out there, get in touch with B4B Payments today. Our friendly team of experts will help to explain all the available options to you and find you a personalised way forward.

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B4B Payments secures exclusive partnership

Blackhawk Network, a global industry leader in payments, rewards and incentives announces a partnership with payment processing and e-money issuing solutions provider, B4B Payments.

As a result of the partnership, Blackhawk Network will extend its coverage of mastercard® badged open loop prepaid solutions across Europe for clients to use in their reward or disbursement programmes. 

The partnership enables Blackhawk Network to offer multinational clients a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all their rewards and incentives, including gift cards, eCodes, and prepaid cards. This streamlines the often-complicated processes seen when operating with multiple products in multiple regions, by giving clients a single relationship and point of contact, which ensures simplicity and efficiency for all. 

B4B Payments CEO Paul Swinton said: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Blackhawk Network and give their impressive client list the ability to take advantage of our co-branded open-loop cards throughout Europe alongside their other offerings. We are looking forward to our joint markets growing exponentially as covid-shocked businesses get back to promoting themselves using our wide array of incentive payment tools.”

Stacey Richards, Prepaid Product Director at Blackhawk Network said: “B4B Payments are a like-minded organisation who, similar to Blackhawk Network, believe in offering innovative payment solutions. We are pleased to announce this partnership and embed their solution as part of our wider prepaid card portfolio. We are the market leader when it comes to rewards and incentives and are excited to make our footprint in the payments space even bigger.”  

About Blackhawk Network  

Blackhawk Network delivers branded payment programmes to meet our partners’ business objectives. We collaborate with our partners to innovate, translating market trends in branded payments to increase reach, loyalty and revenue. With a presence in over 26 countries, we reliably execute branded payment programmes in over 100 countries worldwide. Join us as we shape the future of global branded payments. 

Blackhawk is headquartered in Pleasanton, California. For more information, please visit www.blackhawknetwork.co.uk  

About B4B Payments 

As a leader in fintech and prepaid payments for over 15 years, B4B Payments continues to 

offer flexible and time-saving solutions that streamline and eliminate antiquated finance and accounting processes. B4B Payments has recently introduced a partnership programme to serve as a springboard for increasing the level of cashless organisations worldwide. Offering a range of solutions for partnership targeting businesses that are ready to take control of their expenses, manage payroll, payouts, and incentives. Whether you’re looking to differentiate yourself in the market by adding additional services or to add additional revenue streams, B4B has a mutually beneficial programme for your business.  

B4B Payments has offices in London, Vilnius and Boston. For more information, about partnerships with B4B visit our partnership programme page.