Take card payments with 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.

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Take card payments with a PDQ machine

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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.

Which PDQ machine is right for you?

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Take your card machine to the next level.

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  • Safe, secure card and cash transactions
  • Realtime reporting on screen
  • Easy set up
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Countertop

Great for serving customers from one place.

A Countertop Card Machine
  • Small, compact design
  • Connect by broadband or phone
  • Fast receipt printing
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Portable

Take payments around your shop floor.

A Portable Card Machine
  • Small and lightweight
  • 50m range via Bluetooth or WiFi
  • Long battery life
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Mobile

Accept payments on the move.

A Mobile Card Machine
  • Built-in GPRS SIM card
  • Connect anywhere there's 4G signal
  • Long battery life
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Why choose takepayments?

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5 star customer service

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A Different Approach
A different approach

There’s no one-size-fits-all. One of our specialists can visit your business and find you our best solution.

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You're not on your own

Our Welcome team will get you transacting quickly and confidently, and will be there if you've any questions.

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Get your money the next working day*

It's your money, so why wait for it? Keep your cash flow moving with next day settlement. 

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What is a PDQ machine?

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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Why take card payments?

There were 1.9 billion debit card transactions and 317 million credit card transactions in October 2021 alone, 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 could speed 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, up to £100
  • It could 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.

Bethan Finch, Hair by B

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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.

Bethan Finch, Hair by B

FAQs

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 4G. 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, so you can take quick payments on anything up to £100. Plus Apple Pay and Android Pay will be enabled too.

Terms and conditions apply. 

Businesses will be required to enter into and maintain a separate contract with an acquiring bank nominated by takepayments for the processing of the card transactions. Under the contract with the acquiring bank, transaction charges and other fees will 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.

**Correct as of December 2022. 

https://www.ukfinance.org.uk/data-and-research/data/cards/card-spending

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