Saffron Hairdressing is a unisex hairdressing and beauty salon based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Owned by husband and wife team, Andy and Saffron Burton, the salon specialises in re-styles, colouring, hair and makeup for weddings, proms, hen nights and other special occasions. They offer Kebelo Advantage smoothing treatment, Lash Perfect semi-permanent individual eyelash extensions, and stock products such as Wella, Goldwell, KMS California and Eve Taylor.

With over 12 years’ salon experience Saffron seized upon the opportunity to open her own salon in 2016. After several months, Saffron and Andy decided to investigate more reliable and secure payment services.

Andy says: “Whilst working from other salons and offering mobile services, Saffron accepted payments through a portable card reader linked to a smartphone. It didn’t look overly professional and customers were sometimes wary of entering their card details into a device linked to a personal phone.

The transaction fees were high and it wasn’t possible to take payments without a mobile phone signal, so we decided to look online at better terminals and secure payment services to provide better card payment facilities in the new salon.

Our Handepay advisor helped us to choose the best portable Bluetooth payment device which connects over the shop’s Wi-Fi internet, and filled me with confidence by explaining that Handepay provide secure payment services with all terminals meeting PCI security standards.

Even better, the quotes we received meant that our transaction fees would reduce by more than 50 per cent! With our previous payment provider, we were often left waiting for a long time for payments to appear in our bank account which made our accounting more difficult and affected cashflow.

With Handepay things are completely different, the settlement timescale is much quicker and money always arrives into our account a few days after a card is processed. Our business is steadily growing, and thanks to Handepay’s affordable and secure payment services we expect to save over £1,000 on transaction fees in the first year alone!”