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Libby James is co-founder, director and an expert in all things merchant services. Libby is the go-to specialist for business with more complex requirements or businesses that are struggling to find a provider that will accept them. Libby is regularly cited in trade, national and international media.

Event credit card payments

Finding the best card machine and merchant account for events can be difficult. Each individual element of the event can have different requirements when it comes to card processing, so it’s important to make the right choice first time around. Here we look at the best event payment systems and how they can work for you.

Event management payment system

Accepting card payments can be made easier if your merchant account provider integrates with the booking or management system you already use. Speak to our industry experts about accepting payments for events and how streamlining this with your current system can make business a lot more straight forward. For non-face to face such as event registration payment processing, using a virtual terminal is common practice.


Event management payments

We understand that months and sometimes years’ worth of planning goes into making an event take place, therefore appreciate how important it is to keep track of your event payments. Our experts can talk to you about email invoicing, onsite payments and event manager payment gateways.


Event payment solutions

Merchant Advice Service work closely with industry experts to provide the following;

  • online event payment services
  • event payment software
  • event payment gateways
  • ticket payment processing
  • short-term card machine hire
  • merchant accounts for venue tickets

Event payment options

When it comes to the event itself accepting payments onsite can prove problematic, mainly due to two elements. Firstly, finding a provider who is happy to accommodate a short-term contract for the days, weeks or months you will need them without paying for the service when it’s not being used. Secondly, finding event payment services to work in your location. Portable terminals work with Wi-Fi or GPRS, enabling transactions to take place almost anywhere, ensure you discuss your requirements with our team.


Ticket broker merchant account

Selling tickets for events rather than organising them? Not a problem, our industry experts are experienced in both ticket merchant accounts and accepting event payments online. Working with third party ticket brokers is deemed high riskby merchant account providers. The reason for this is due to the large number of chargebacks experienced within industry. For example, a music concert could be cancelled for many reasons, resulting in refunds to the customer and leaving the ticket broker to recuperate those funds from the original event organiser.

For these reasons, you can expect to have a longer settlement period between transactions, often after the event has taken place. Also, you could be expected to have a rolling reserve on account to save guard against any unforeseen problems that could occur.

Our advisors will discuss with you how you wish to take payments for event tickets and discuss your options with you from collecting event payments online to face to face sales. Please note your terms and conditions will be assessed including; refund policy, contact details, agreements with suppliers etc.



Merchant Advice Service work with industry experts to provide payment solutions for events based in the UK and Europe. From start (event registration payment) to onsite (event cashless payments) our advisors can discuss your options with you, reaching a solution that works for your business and the event location.

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Libby James

Libby James Co-founded Merchant Advice Service alongside David Bird in 2016. Her finance background, coupled with retail and customer service experience, gave Libby the drive to bring transparency and non-biased advice to the world of merchant services. Having come from the heavily regulated mortgage and insurance industry, Libby found it puzzling that other financial sectors lacked regulation and transparency leaving customers confused and unable to make informed decisions when it came to accepting card payments. This was soon to become Libby’s obsession!

With the help of some of the industry’s best, Libby began to research acquiring banks, complex terminology/regulation, and the problems customers experience within merchant services and payment gateway markets. She spent years on sourcing solutions for complex clients, which previously others were unable to assist with. Libby established relationships with brokers and banks which would soon form the cornerstone of Merchant Advice Service. As a result Libby has been featured in high-profile publications across the web.

Libby is proud to be the entrepreneur’s champion, supporting start-up businesses regularly. Her industry insights can often be found on LinkedIn where she provides free of charge advice and money saving pointers. It’s safe to say she has her finger on the pulse of everything card payments related.

Libby speaks of her experience in founding and running Merchant Advice Service…

‘Merchant Advice Service is one of my greatest achievements to date. We help business owners to overcome card processing issues which can become detrimental to their business. We assist SME’s in finding suitable card payments solutions, helping them create their vision. Each and every day is different, exciting and fore filling. As technology advances I can’t wait to see the way in which the merchant services market advances, and I’m pleased that our business will play a part in educating company owners along the way.’

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