Vendorcom, the cards & payments community, is a membership organisation which represents key stakeholders in the cards and payments industry in Europe. Its primary aims are to promote innovation, create a platform for thought leadership, provide a forum for knowledge sharing and issues resolution for its members and encourage capability development across the cards & payments industry.

Since its inception in 2003, Vendorcom has supported the cards & payments industry by providing a coherent and representative voice and by acting as a single point of authoritative and credible information for its members. In addition, it ensures that decisions made by industry influencers take into account the issues and concerns of solution providers who, in turn, collaborate constructively with existing working bodies in the cards & payments industry.

Over 60 companies are full members of Vendorcom in Europe and take advantage of all the community has to offer. In addition there are over 180 companies including card schemes, acquiring banks, QSAs, consultancies, systems vendors and merchants who have participated in the community’s quarterly thought leadership conferences and special interest groups in the past 12 months. In total, more than 500 organisations in the cards & payments industry are involved in our Community in Europe

For more information, please contact:
Paul Rogers, Chairman


The Emerging Payments Association (EPA) is a thriving community of payments professionals whose goals are to strengthen and expand the payments industry to benefit all stakeholders. Since 2004 we have been instrumental in helping to connect the eco-system, encourage innovation and profitable business growth. We achieve this by shaping a comprehensive programme of activities for over 100 member companies with help from our independent board, which addresses key issues impacting the industry. These include targeted events, conferences, award ceremonies, critical industry projects and lobbying activities.

Twitter: @EPAssoc


Prepaid International Forum (PIF) is a global not-for-profit trade association established in 2007 to represent all parties participating on a commercial basis in the prepaid economy.

PIF is dedicated to the progression of prepaid commerce around the world and acts as a principal point of liaison between the prepaid economy and government agencies, regulators, consumer bodies and the media. It is focused on the entire prepaid world and facilitates the development of cross-industry guidelines and codes of practice. PIF has attracted a global membership of prepaid product issuers, programme managers and suppliers of products and services to the prepaid industry. The reach of PIF has expanded across and beyond Europe with firmly established Chapters serving the UK and Europe, Brazil and India.

In all its activities, PIF aims to:

  • Develop guiding principles and best practices for profitable and ethical participation in the prepaid economy – and always guided by consumer needs
  • Be a catalyst for the creation of international standards that promote cross-border expansion of prepaid commerce
  • Provide a voice for the cross-industry prepaid sector to speak to national and international regulatory and governmental bodies
  • Generate and maintain dialogue with other organisations that touch the prepaid sector
  • Provide research and thought leadership to participants in the prepaid economy
  • Provide a forum for members to consider and address evolving challenges for prepaid

For more information, please contact:

Diane Brocklebank, Head of Member Relations

Suffolk-based Smartex Limited operates the world’s largest network of membership-based professional associations addressing smart technology, NFC and biometrics. These forums are widely regarded as excellent opportunities to learn of the latest developments in these industries, to hear from leading experts, and – equally importantly – to meet and network in pleasant surroundings but in a non-sales environment.

Founded by Richard Poynder in 1993, Smartex has held over 400 meetings, with some 2,500 specialist speakers, with over 16,000 attendance-days. Its UK forums hold 22 meetings each year and, in 2011, two new forums for e-payments and NFC were launched. For further information about membership and member services, please visit

Smartex is delighted to be working with Bandwidth Recruitment as an important new service to members and others that may be seeking new challenges, or looking for new staff or consultants.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Poynder, Chairman, Smartex Ltd

Polymath Consulting work on projects and advise organisations across the Cards & Payments industry. Polymath Consulting are particularly well known for their work on Prepaid Cards/Ewallets/Mobile Payments.

They work across the complete value chain helping banks with their overall prepaid strategy right through to market entry analysis; as well as working with telcos, processors and programme managers on segment analysis, certification and membership applications.

For brands they assist in product proposition development as well as managing RFP processes/reviewing existing contract relationships for both open and closed loop schemes. Geographically their client assignments have covered Russia, South Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia.

For more information contact:

David Parker, Director

Neopay leads the market in delivering compliance solutions to e-money and payment institutions. Sharing their knowledge and expertise, Neopay helps clients develop comfortable solutions and best practice for their businesses.
Neopay navigates businesses through their regulatory obligations, developing their compliant processes, guiding them through authorisation and helping them to maintain solid compliance frameworks.

With 100% success rate in gaining authorisation for their clients, Neopay has helped more e-money and payment institutions to develop successful compliance frameworks and become authorised than any other specialist consultancy.

For more information, please contact:

Craig James, Managing Director

Incentive and Motivation is essential reading for anyone involved in employee and thirdparty motivation, loyalty, reward and incentive programmes and is, in short, the must- have tool for the discerning industry decision maker. Published eight times per annum in print and digitally, to a highly engaged readership of over 9000 HR, Sales, Marketing and Managing Directors, Incentive and Motivation provides the only direct route to the UK’s corporate buying market.

For more information, please contact:

Wendy Carter

The Payments Business is your professional network that offers members an information repository, a forum for debate and a directory to promote your business. Our approach is to cover the key aspects of the industry including new initiatives, regulatory requirements, innovative products, solutions, and services, risk management and payment infrastructures and to bring these topics to the attention of our members. We are a member driven network and to that end our partner members are very important.

Whether you have a specific topic or forum you want to promote, or just to promote yourself or your company, we have the tools available to you to help you.

Contact Eliot Heilpern for more information regarding partnering with The Payments Business Network.