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CHANTILLY, VA, March 15, 2016 — /EPR NETWORK/ — Direct Connect today announced that it has acquired another payment processing sales portfolio, Merchant Processing Solutions (MPS) in Fort Lauderdale, FLA.

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This transaction is part of Direct Connect’s commitment to growth through acquisition and is the company’s sixth acquisition since being recapitalized by The Beekman Group in 2015.

MPS provides merchant services to more than 500 restaurants and retail businesses across the United States, with more than $100 million in annual processing volume.

Owned jointly by Yamilet Strauss, Claudia Mosley and Diana Lizarazo, the independent sales organization (ISO) is a perfect fit for the Direct Connect business model: it is an active retail ISO acquiring merchants on the First Data platform, but it needed the financial and technological infrastructure and support to compete in today’s rapidly-changing payments infrastructure.

“MPS has grown successfully because of their people, and their top-down commitment to providing service and support to customers,” said Matt Clyne, Direct Connect’s CEO. “Direct Connect adds financial strength and stability, state-of-the-art technology and highly experienced human resources to the mix, making for an unbeatable combination and assured growth for MPS.”

Clyne said Direct Connect purchased five companies in 2015 and has already laid the groundwork for three more acquisitions in the first half of 2016. Direct Connect continues to actively seek out sales offices with low attrition and a commitment to the highest levels of service and support.

ISOs interested in investment capital or acquisitions opportunities are invited to visitwww.directconnectps.com or contact the company at 800.747.6273.

“We intend to be a very active buyer in the marketplace,” Clyne said.

About Direct Connect
Based in the Dulles Corridor of Northern Virginia, Direct Connect provides innovative technology and payment processing services to businesses across the United States and Canada, including retail, restaurant, government contractors and service industries. Through a robust partner program, Direct Connect works with financial institutions, non-profit organizations, associations and software developers to incorporate payment solutions and enhance customer service. With a 20+-year history and more than 25,000 merchants in its portfolio, Direct Connect was recapitalized in 2015 by The Beekman Group, a New York City-based private equity firm positioning us well to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.

Nancy Drexler, Acquired Marketing

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PCI-PAL And SecureTrading Pal Up To Enhance Call Centre Payment Security

PCI-PAL, a market leading contact centre solution has entered into a partnership with SecureTrading, the UK’s leading independent payment processor specialist, to allow call centre agents to take card payments safely and securely.

The solution de-scopes the call centre PCI risk by permitting callers to enter sensitive credit card data using their telephone keypad whilst remaining in conversation with the call centre agent at all times. The encrypted card holder data is sent securely to SecureTrading’s PCI-DSS Level 1 infrastructure.

PCI compliance for contact centres is an on-going process. It is time-consuming and costly and if not obtained, it can lead to data security breaches which may result in significant reputation and financial loss for organisations. PCI-PAL allows businesses to overcome this challenging area of compliance by restricting sensitive card data from entering organisations’ premises and networks, which bears significant cost savings for the call centres.

Both PCI-PAL, which is a division of IPPlus PLC Group, and SecureTrading have large client bases which affords a mutually beneficial business relationship. PCI-PAL hopes to add real value by utilising their bulk buying power to allow customers to access SecureTrading’s extremely competitive rates, as well as high levels of customer service.

William Catchpole, CEO at PCI-PAL comments: “We are very excited about the prospect of working with SecureTrading for PCI-PAL. The need for contact centres to achieve PCI compliance is a challenge faced by operations and technical teams across the sectors. Together we can supply a simple customer and agent friendly data gathering service with secure, competitive payment processing.”

Tim Allitt, Head of Sales & Marketing at SecureTrading, comments: “It is always satisfying to work with a business that shares our passion for customer service and technical innovation. We look forward to working with PCI-PAL over the coming months as they seek to enhance their clients’ customer experience through reduced PCI costs and increased customer service.”

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SecureTrading Helps Companies Expand Abroad With Brace Of International Currency Solutions

SecureTrading helps companies expand abroad with brace of international currency solutions.

In an increasingly competitive domestic market, many UK retailers are seeking to expand overseas. Ecommerce Expo 2011 will see SecureTrading, the UK’s leading independent payment processor launch their Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) and Sofortüberweisung solutions to assist customers expanding internationally.

DCC allows credit cards holders to have the cost of a transaction converted to their local currency when making a payment in a foreign currency, so they instantly know the price, therefore boosting their propensity to buy.

DCC also enables retailers to generate new revenue from transactions they are currently accepting, because they can earn commission on currency conversion.

Sofortüberweisung allows customers to pay merchants from their internet bank account, again with the benefit of dramatically reducing the risks of chargebacks. Sofortüberweisung is widely used in Austria, Belgium, Germany (51.4%* of all Germans prefer to use Sofortüberweisung) and to a lesser extent the Netherlands and the UK.

Tim Allitt, Head of Sales & Marketing, SecureTrading, said, “Successful expansion in one country can be a springboard for further success elsewhere and it’s key to provide the right methods of payment in particular markets. By launching Dynamic Currency Conversion and Sofortüberweisung, SecureTrading is demonstrating its international credentials and helping its customers grow in new markets by providing them with the correct tools to do business.”

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