Home Lancashire News Preston company secures its first major national account in the convenience sector

Preston company secures its first major national account in the convenience sector

Suresite, a Preston based retail services company, has signed an agreement to offer access to payment card processing services to the UK-wide stores operated by the Costcutter Supermarkets Group.

The Millennium City Park-based SME has 49 employees and has operated in the card services industry since 2005, but this is their first move into general retail. Until now, Suresite has served as a specialist – and the largest – provider to the petrol forecourt sector. Last year, it processed over £2 billion card transactions.

The company was founded in Fulwood by company chairman, Geoff Oldham, in 1994. In the fuel industry, it has longstanding contracts with Certas, Greenergy, JET, Harvest Energy.

 “We have spent over a decade building payment card expertise in forecourts, becoming the biggest and most respected provider to that sector” said David Wright, card services manager, Suresite. “We have made the decision to now market our service wider to the general retailer and the Costcutter opportunity represents a fantastic launch pad.

“It is a prominent brand to be associated with and we will be able to offer Costcutter, Mace and Supershop store retailers. exceptional rates that will help them to strengthen earnings.”

Mike Hollis, retail director at Costcutter Supermarkets Group, added: “Suresite offered us the promise of great value payment card processing, combined with first class customer service and technical support. This supports our ambition to constantly improve the support we are offering our independent retailers.”

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.