5th Annual Prepaid Awards Celebrates Innovation and Best Practice
On Thursday 11th October 2012, the Lancaster Hotel in London played host to the 5th Annual Prepaid Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice within the prepaid industry. Over 500 prepaid industry professionals saw winners being presented with awards in 17 different categories, which had been judged by an independent panel of prepaid experts from around the world.
A champagne reception launched the evening where guests networked with the industry's finest, followed by a fabulous dinner enabling sponsors and table hosts to entertain their clients. Guests were entertained by a spectacular laser light show that led into the Awards ceremony, expertly MC-ed by Simon Bucknall from The Heart of Connection. After the ceremony, guests partied to the live band, In The Groove, until the early hours.
The Awards ceremony commenced with a speech from David Hunter, CEO of event sponsor Ukash. On behalf of the judges, Robert Courtneidge explained the integrity of the judging process and how judges worked in isolation of one another so that no one was aware who had judged which category. In addition, no judge could have a vested interest in their assigned category, and results were kept secret until the sponsor announced the winner. Once the 57 finalists had been announced, sponsors of each category presented the winners with their awards, as follows.
The 2012 winners are:
Best Prepaid Gift Programme UK (sponsored by Visa Europe)
- Debenhams - UK Giftcard Programme
Best Prepaid Consumer Programme UK (sponsored by CashStar)
- CorporatePay - my Travel Cash
Best Virtual Prepaid Programme UK (sponsored by Ceridian Stored Value Solutions)
Best Corporate/Government Prepaid Programme UK (sponsored by Raphaels)
- Advanced Payment Solutions
Best Prepaid Marketing Campaign UK (sponsored by American Express)
- InComm Europe - The Runescape Gift Card
Best Prepaid Programme Manager UK (sponsored by Ukash)
- Citi Prepaid Services
Best Prepaid Service Provider UK (sponsored by Ukash)
- PrePay Solutions
Best Prepaid Innovation UK (sponsored by MasterCard Worldwide)
- CashFlows - The CashFlows Card
Best Global Prepaid Gift Programme (sponsored by PrePay Solutions)
- Wirecard Card Solutions Ltd - The BonaYou Prepaid MasterCard Gift Card
Best Global Prepaid Consumer Programme (sponsored by FIS)
- O2 Ireland - The O2 Money Card
Best Global Corporate/Government Prepaid Programme (sponsored by Ceridian Stored Value Solutions)
- First Data - The Bratislava City Card
Best Global Prepaid Innovation (sponsored by MasterCard Worldwide)
- Garanti Bank - Cep-T Paracard
Leading Prepaid Organisation Europe (sponsored by Park Group PLC)
- PrePay Solutions
Leading Prepaid Organisation North America (sponsored by Global Legal Exchange)
- Giftango Corporation
Leading Prepaid Organisation Asia (sponsored by InComm Europe)
Leading Prepaid Organisation Middle East/Africa (sponsored by InComm Europe)
- Drawcard (Pty) Ltd
Global Prepaid Industry Contributor (sponsored by Visa Europe)
- Anil Aggarwal
Many thanks go to all the sponsors with their continued show of commitment to the prepaid industry.
Please keep an eye on the Prepaid Awards website over the coming days for photographs from the evening.
Prepaid Awards 2013
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