Supporting small businesses

Since we started in 2009, we’ve supported over 60,000 small businesses and sole traders, from retail shops and beauty salons to taxis and mobile traders. What’s more, our small business card machines come with superfast set up, 24/7 support and competitive rates.

Why choose us

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Superfast setup

We’re the only provider that can set you up with a card machine in as little as 3 days.

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Easy install

Our card machines come with plug and play technology, making it easy to get started.

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24/7 UK-based support

Our dedicated team of experts guide you through setup and provide ongoing support.

The power of many

The power of many

We harness the buying power of over 60,000 small businesses so you get the lowest rates.

Meet the family


At the till

  • Fast, reliable & easy to use
  • Plug into your phone/broadband
  • Sleek, professional design
Portable card machine


Around your premises

  • Compact & easy to carry
  • 100m range via Bluetooth/WiFi
  • Long-lasting battery
Portable card machine


On the go

  • Take payments anywhere
  • Robust & durable
  • Long-lasting battery

Compare our card machines


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Hotels, Motels
Bars, Pubs, Cafés
Beauty Salons, Barbers
Retail Stores
Fast Food Outlets
Gifts, Cards, Novelty Shops
Grocers, Supermarkets
Medical, Dentists
Taxis, Couriers, Delivery
Mobile Traders

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Small business card machines, explained

Features & Benefits

Even if your business is home-based, a small business card machine can be a useful addition. All our terminals are robust and ready to use right from the box, so you can accept payments via card, contactless, Apple Pay and Android Pay in minutes. Each has sophisticated security features and is pre-validated for PCI-PTS 3.0 compliance. Optional services include performance reports, automated till roll replacement, and Paymentsense Plus, our outstanding rewards programme with discounts and offers for both business and leisure time.

Types of Small Business Card Machines

We offer three kinds of terminals. Countertop machines sit on a counter, making them ideal for small businesses such as beauty salons, takeaways and garages. Portable machines are wireless, so can be carried to a range of 100 meters. They’re handy for pubs, bars and restaurants. Mobile card machines have a pre-installed SIM card, so you can take payment wherever you have a mobile signal. They’re great for market traders, tradespeople, couriers and taxis.


We don’t charge set-up fees - it’s just one of many ways we help small businesses thrive. Standing fees include monthly card machine rental, transaction fees and ongoing PCI Compliance fees. Other costs depend on your business type, turnover, and choice of card machine. Every business is different, so fill in your details to get a personalised online quote.

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Hear from our happy customers

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Reece J, London

Highly recommended

Brilliant service, straightforward and easy to sign up. I would recommend this company to everyone. The agent was very attentive and I had my card machine delivered within 2 days.

Reece J,London

Peter W, Romsey

Paymentsense to the rescue

Having been let down by a well-known competitor, Paymentsense came to my rescue and within three – yes – three days, my two terminals arrived.

Peter W,Romsey

Tony G, Swansea

Outstanding service

We’ve been with Paymentsense for years and plan to continue into the future. We have received outstanding service with very detailed and professional support.

Tony G,Swansea

Frequently asked questions

What makes Paymentsense card machines suitable for small businesses?

Our countertop terminals fit neatly on your sales desk; ideal for retail, cafés, bars, pubs and salons. Our portable (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) terminals let you take payments up to 100m away from your base station; handy for restaurants and hospitality businesses. Finally, our mobile terminals can take payments on a secure mobile network; perfect for taxis, couriers and tradespeople.

Is there a difference between card machines for small businesses with those used in larger retailers?

No, there is no difference in functionality. No matter the size of your business all of our card machines accept Contactless, Android, Apple and Samsung Pay as standard and without any extra fees.

What’s the difference between card readers, pdq and chip and pin machines for small businesses?

There is no difference between these terms. All of them refer to card payment machines that are used to make in-person credit and debit card transactions both in store and on the move.

What are the costs of taking card payments as a small business?

Small businesses usually process small amounts, so we avoid charging a flat fee. Instead we take a small percentage from each transaction, so you’re never charged more than you can afford.

How quickly can I get set up?

Many providers can take weeks to get you set up, but our hassle-free service can put a card machine in your hands in just 3 days, so you can focus on running your small business.

What happens if my card machine breaks down?

Our 24/7 support team is always here to help. If your terminal has simply lost its connection we can help you fix it over the phone. If the issue is more severe we can send you out a brand new one the next working day.

How do I know which card machine to get?

If you’re unsure which terminal would best suit your needs you can speak to one of our agents. They will help you to choose the best card machine according to your business needs.

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