10 October 2005

Deadline for awards submissions 17.00 on Friday 21 October 2005

Credit card providers and their industry partners are reminded that they have just under two weeks to submit their final entries to The Credit Card Awards, the UK’s first dedicated awards event for the Credit Card industry. The deadline for awards submissions is 17:00 on 21 October 2005.

The Credit Card Awards will acknowledge the achievements of companies and individuals operating within the UK credit card industry, providing a platform for the industry to recognise those exhibiting best practice. The awards will aim to highlight and support initiatives which ultimately improve the customer experience such as providing better service and clearer product information.

The majority of the awards will be open to entries from card issuers, their retail, affinity or co-branded partners and in some cases merchant acquirers. The categories are designed to reflect a range of disciplines and activities that are common to issuers and credit card brands operating across the UK market.

Martin Fielding, CEO of Card Partnerships (organisers of The Credit Card Awards) comments: "We are really pleased with the response so far but credit card providers have just two weeks left to enter their submissions for The Credit Card Awards. Although industry partners are not able to submit entries themselves, there is still time to collaborate with credit card issuers and brands to create an award submission. With a large variety of categories, including technology, marketing and product-related awards, there is an award suitable for almost everyone involved in the credit card industry."

The awards categories are as follows:

· Best new credit card product of the year

· Best credit card marketing campaign of the year

· Best credit card design of the year

· Best technology initiative of the year

· Best security or anti-fraud development of the year

· Most successful credit card enhancement programme of the year – insurance

· Most successful credit card enhancement programme of the year – non-insurance

· Best corporate social responsibility programme of the year

· Best industry innovation of the year

· Best online presence

· Best affinity/co-branded/retail card programme

· Most responsible customer acquisition strategy

· Best customer relationship management strategy

· Best achievement in customer service

· Best known credit card brand (not by entry)

· Industry personality of the year (not by entry)

The Credit Card Awards are being organised by Card Partnerships with backing from prime sponsors AXA and TSYS. Category sponsors include Assurant Solutions, Deloitte, Domestic & General, First Data International, MasterCard, Royal Mail, Retail Decisions (ReD), Transaction Network Services, and Visa. The winners will be announced at a black-tie Awards Ceremony and Dinner on 7 February 2006 at The London Hilton on Park Lane.

The entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of independent industry figures and commentators, led by Sandra Quinn, Director of Corporate Communications at APACS. The panel will also include senior representatives from organisations including: AXA Insurance, MasterCard, Moneyfacts, The Independent, TSYS, uSwitch, and Visa.

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