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Libby James
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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.

Short-Term Merchant Accounts for Your Business

In the dynamic landscape of business, flexibility is key. We understand that some enterprises prefer not to commit to lengthy contracts, especially when dealing with face-to-face card payments for short durations. Traditional account providers often bind merchants for up to four years, proving burdensome for seasonal businesses or those requiring a short-term merchant account. At Merchant Account Solutions (MAS), we offer short-term solutions that cater to your specific needs.

PSR Limits Contracts to 18 Months: Embracing Flexibility

In line with the Payment Services Regulations (PSR), ensures contracts are limited to 18 months, offering enhanced flexibility for merchants. This ensures that you have the freedom to adapt your merchant services based on your evolving business needs.


Benefits of Short-Term Accounts: Your Business, Your Terms

Flexibility: Short-term accounts provide the freedom to adapt to changing business conditions.


Cost-Effective: Avoid unnecessary expenses associated with long-term contracts.


Evaluative Opportunity: Reassess your merchant account and provider to secure more favourable rates.


Tailored Solutions: Choose a plan that aligns with your business’s unique requirements.


Merchant Accounts for Events: Seamless Transactions Anywhere, Anytime

Our dedicated advisors specialise in finding the best card machines for events across the UK and Europe. Whether your event spans days, weeks, or months, we ensure you have the right connection to accept payments effortlessly. Discuss your business requirements with our experts, and let us facilitate smooth transactions at your events.

Card Machines for Trade Events: Boost Sales On the Go

For merchants aiming to maximise sales and streamline order processing at trade events, our portable chip and pin machines are the ideal solution. Say goodbye to the hassle of following up with sales calls from the office; instead, accept orders and deposits on the spot. Chip and pin machines can be hired for trade events spanning days or weeks.


Card Machines for Pop-Up Shops: Empowering Your Business Temporarily

Pop-up shops and businesses have gained popularity, and we provide short-term mobile payment solutions to expand your client base and increase sales. Whether you need a solution for a brief period or an extended duration, we have options tailored to your pop-up shop’s unique requirements.


Short-Term Merchant Account for Seasonal Businesses: Tailored Leasing Solutions

Seasonal businesses, such as farm shops, sports attractions, theme parks, and museums, often require credit card machines for specific months of the year. Our advisors collaborate with seasonal businesses, offering short-term leasing options for chip and pin terminals, ranging from a few weeks to six months.

Short-Term Merchant Account for New Businesses: Empowering Your Fresh Start

Establishing a new business comes with uncertainties, and committing to a four-year contract can be daunting. We recognise this challenge and offer short-term merchant accounts for new businesses, providing the flexibility to reassess your account and provider at the end of the term. This allows you to secure more appealing rates based on your transaction history.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Commonly Asked Questions
Are short-term merchant accounts suitable for all businesses?
Short-term accounts cater to a wide range of businesses, providing flexibility for various needs.
How does the PSR affect contract lengths?
The PSR limits our contracts to a maximum of 18 months, ensuring adaptability for merchants.
Can I extend a short-term merchant account if needed?
Yes, extensions are available based on your business requirements.
What are the key advantages of portable chip and pin machines at trade events?
Portable machines facilitate on-the-spot transactions, minimising follow-up efforts and maximising sales.
Do you offer support for setting up card machines at events?
Absolutely, our expert advisors provide guidance and support for seamless setup.
Can I apply for a short-term merchant account online?
Yes, online application processes makes it convenient to apply for short-term accounts.
Are short-term accounts cost-effective for seasonal businesses?
Yes, short-term leasing options are designed to be cost-effective for seasonal businesses.
How can a short-term merchant account benefit a new business?
Short-term accounts provide new businesses with flexibility and the opportunity to secure better rates.

How MAS Can Help: Empowering Your Business Journey

At Merchant Account Solutions, we are committed to empowering your business journey by offering tailored short-term merchant solutions. Our dedicated advisors are here to guide you through the process, ensuring that your payment solutions align with your unique needs. Discover how MAS can help you.


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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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