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307 Made in Britain: Queen’s Award winners


How a British firm is helping


America cash its chips Cheshire-based ICC Solutions has become one of the world’s most reliable specialists in chip-and-PIN technology


and-PIN cards and terminals. It has partnered with Vantiv, a leading US provider of payment processing services, to launch VIABLE, a revolutionary testing platform for what Americans call EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip cards. Te key target date that’s been set for the US roll-out is


October 2015. It marks an exciting new stage for ICC and is further endorsement of the company’s reputation for excellence. Dave Maisey, ICC’s CEO, explains that innovation and simplicity have always been key to the company’s success in a complex industry. “Te technology behind chip-and-PIN testing is so challenging,” he says, “that, globally, there are only a very small number of companies and individuals who fully understand it.” Maisey is one such in-the-know individual. He has


28 years’ experience in the payments industry and, while employed by a major UK bank, helped usher chip-and-PIN into Europe. Having recognised the complexities of the technology, he left the bank and co-founded ICC with Wendy Maisey, aiming to develop innovative testing tools that make the process as simple as possible for users.


A right royal success Te company now exports to more than 60 countries, and enjoys particular success in Canada. In 2012, ICC won two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, for innovation and international trade. For this small, family-run business, it was a ringing endorsement of its skills and commitment to export. “Winning the awards has really catapulted us into the


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n the UK and Ireland, chip-and-PIN technology has been a fixture of everyday life for more than a decade. In the USA, it’s


still something of a novelty. And, as America makes the transition to chip-and-PIN for cashpoints and retail outlets, it is drawing upon the expertise of a British company. Tat company is the Warrington-based ICC Solutions, a global leader in developing the tools to test and certify chip-


spotlight,” says Maisey. “Tey are very prestigious awards and to win two is almost unheard of, especially in the same year. Our North American clients get a real buzz out of working with a company that has been recognised by the Queen!” Te awards serve to demonstrate the leading position


ICC has secured in developing and supplying chip-and-PIN test tools. With the market set to expand rapidly in the US, it is poised to build significantly on its success, and is looking forward to an exciting period of growth in the years ahead. — www.iccsolutions.com


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