James Howard, Yorkshire Payments

James Howard, Yorkshire Payments

Franchising sees Yorkshire Payments head south

Brighouse-based Yorkshire Payments has extended its services into the south of England with the launch of its new South Coast Payments franchise in Winchester, Sussex.

Founder and managing director of Yorkshire Payments, James Howard, established Yorkshire Payments in 2013 with a vision to provide safe, secure and efficient payment solutions to the regions businesses.

Its new franchisee, South Coast Payments, is led by Daniel Waller, who brings six years of financial industry experience to the business. With a background in FCA-regulated environments, Daniel undertook a number of senior roles within the sector before establishing the business.

Yorkshire Payments is currently the only independent service organisation to provide card payment solutions in Yorkshire. The firm has a five-year franchise model in place, whereby the business will extend its payment services nationally, opening additional franchises across the UK.

James Howard, founder and managing director of Yorkshire Payments said: “I founded Yorkshire Payments with a view to take our strong focus on customer service and typically Yorkshire values national. We want businesses to trust us and feel safe and secure in the knowledge that they will get exactly the services they pay for.

“Opening a franchise in the south has allowed us to effectively do this and the team at South Coast Payments have been fantastic at delivering our core principles and values to southern customers. We have a number of exciting plans for the future.”

He added: “We have doubled every year in terms of turnover, profit, customer base and staff levels in four years. By franchising the business model, it gives budding entrepreneurs in other areas of the UK a platform to provide quality pricing, service and products without having to go through the rigorous tendering process with VISA, MasterCard and American Express.”

Daniel Waller, director at South Coast Payments, added: “We’re incredibly excited for the future of South Coast Payments and hope to experience the same level of success that Yorkshire Payments has in the Yorkshire region.

“Although Southern based, our core values of honesty and integrity are the same and we endeavour to deliver service to our customers that is second to none. With strong plans for growth, the future is looking very bright for South Coast Payments.”

Formed by young entrepreneur, James Howard in 2013, Yorkshire Payments began with two staff members at a small base in a Halifax-based printing firm, they then moved to Jeremy’s above the Boathouse in Brighouse. From this small base, the firm has seen substantial growth.

James’s vision has remained to provide independent payment solutions to a range of businesses across the Yorkshire region and, having hit the ground running, Yorkshire Payments quickly progressed to employ seven full time staff members.

Through fast growth the business expanded to new offices in September 2014 to their now current Brighouse base. Yorkshire Payments now supports thousands of businesses and the company’s strong customer service has ensured they have grown at a phenomenal rate.