AccessPay have been crowned winners at the PayTech Awards 2021, gaining widespread industry recognition.
Organised by FinTech Futures, the win follows a year of strong growth for the Manchester FinTech who specialise in payments and cash management software.
In response to unprecedented disruption across the financial landscape due to COVID-19, the PayTech Awards recognise the hard work of teams and commended winners in several categories.
The Award – what did we win?
AccessPay came out on top for PayTech Team of the Year thanks to our ‘inclusive, ambitious and diligent’ working culture.
The firm were also proud to be shortlisted for best cross-border solution and best open-banking solution at the awards, against some of the biggest names in PayTech.
Throughout the pandemic, AccessPay implemented various measures to ensure the personal and professional growth of its staff, including a monthly health and wellbeing allowance.
They welcomed 30 new members to the team and found new ways of creating an agile and dynamic working environment in both the office and at home.
As well as investing in the right talent, AccessPay brought in new employee engagement tools, such as CultureAmp, to guarantee one-on-one time between team members and their managers during national lockdown.
Head of HR and People Operations at AccessPay Laura McElroy explains: “Prior to the pandemic, AccessPay staff operated almost entirely from one open plan office in the centre of Manchester.
“Like many businesses, the pandemic meant the team was suddenly forced, what felt like overnight, to change an entire way of working to accommodate a fully remote workforce.
“Whilst this brought with it some issues the team pulled together in a remarkably positive way.”
Speaking of adapting to the new normal, Laura elaborates: “Going forwards, AccessPay will support a hybrid model of working, where both remote and office working are encouraged and supported.”
The Reaction – how has it been received?
After winning the PayTech Team of the Year award reactions across social media were very positive, with several industry insiders congratulating AccessPay on their success.
Tanya Andreasyan, MD and Editor-in-Chief of FinTech Futures, noted that it was a ‘truly well-deserved win.’
This sentiment was echoed by Chris Gunning, the Global Finance Transformation Services Lead at beer behemoth Heineken.
He wrote on LinkedIn ‘kudos to all of you at AccessPay – I definitely think we’ll be hearing and seeing more of you in the future. I really believe in the value that your solutions can bring to the world of finance operations. Enjoy the celebration!’
The team also saw congratulations roll in from Vandana Premkumar, Technology Architect at NYSE and judge for this year’s PayTech Awards, along with Senior Analyst at Celent Kieran Hines.
Excellence Breeds Excellence
AccessPay are in good company, too, joining a strong line-up of PayTech Award winners from across the sector who all demonstrated resilience during this challenging year.
Plaid were awarded with Best Open Banking Solution, while Volante Technologies took home the award for Best Real-Time Payments Solution.
Further winners included ClearBank for Best SME Payments Initiative and Bank Hapoalim, one of Israel’s largest banks, for Best Mobile Payments Initiative.
We hopefully look forward to seeing you all at next year’s awards!