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What is a PDQ machine?

A PDQ machine is just another name for a card machine, or a card reader, a card payment machine, chip and PIN machine… you get the picture! It lets you process credit and debit card payments.

PDQ stands for ‘process data quickly’, and it was the original name given to card machines when they were introduced in the UK. And our terminals do just that.

They’re all equipped with the latest technology and security features so you can speed up your service and keep your customers happy.

We’ve got a range of different machines to choose from, and there’s one for every business type. We can help you get started and recommend which is the right one for you.

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Which PDQ is right for you?

Here’s a bit more about each of them.

ICT250 Countertop Machine


Take a PDQ payment at your till or reception point.

Small, compact design Easy to use from a fixed point Connect using broadband or your phone line
IWL252 Portable Machine


Take the card machine to your customers.

Small and lightweight Process payments at the table Works via Bluetooth within 50m of the base unit
Move3500 Mobile Machine


Out on the road? Our mobile machine is ideal.

Easy to carry with you GPRS SIM card means it connects anywhere there's signal Long lasting battery

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Why take card payments?

98% of adults in the UK have a debit card and £12.2 billion debit card payments were made in 2017, according to UK Finance. That’s a lot! So if you’re not currently taking payments by card, you could be missing out on sales.

Not to mention:

  • It speeds up your service and reduces queues
  • It’s safer and more secure than handling cash
  • It gives your customers more options when it comes to paying
  • Contactless payments let your customers pay with a tap
  • It can encourage your customers to spend more with you
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It's really important to take cards in the hairdressing business. Most people these days don't carry cash, so it is all about paying on card, especially with the contactless technology.
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Frequently asked questions.

How do I know which PDQ machine is best for me?

Our PDQ machines are designed to suit a variety of business types. So, if you want to take payments at your till, around your shop or whilst out on the road, we’ve got one that’ll be right up your street.

We’ve mentioned them above, but let’s have a look in more detail:

Our countertop card machine is a fixed PDQ machine which can sit on your counter (the clue is in the name!) at your till or reception point. So, you’ll be able to accept credit cards and debit cards from one fixed location.

If you serve customers at their tables, like at a café, pub, restaurant or bar, a portable terminal may be better for you. It comes in two parts – a card reader and a base unit. The reader connects to the base using Bluetooth, and you’ll be able to take payments within 50m of the base unit.

Run a mobile business or going to an event? Maybe you’re a hairdresser who also does wedding hair on location. No problem. We have a mobile PDQ machine that connects to the strongest mobile network in your area using 3G. So, you’ll be able to accept major cards no matter where your business takes you.

With a PDQ terminal, you’ll be able to accept major credit and debit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express.

Plus, all our PDQ terminals come with contactless payments, Apple Pay and Android Pay already enabled, so you can take quick payments on anything up to £100.

Yes. If you want to take card payments, you'll need one.

We make it easy though. We’ll set you up a merchant account free of charge with one of our partnered acquirers as part of our service.

The merchant account works separately from your business bank account. When you take a payment, the funds are checked and processed here before they’re transferred to your bank account.

We make it easy.

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Terms and conditions apply. 

*This service is available to takepayments Limited customers who are accepted for Barclaycard acquiring services and is subject to Barclaycard’s approval. Next day settlement refers to the next banking day. Your card machine’s banking window function must be performed before 8:30pm in order to receive settlement the next banking day. Transactions processed via Ecommerce pay pages, pay by link and virtual terminals may be subject to different settlement timescales.

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