Payment technology company Worldpay is the opening its first sales offices in Australia and plans to open a New Zealand office after obtaining a local licence for acquiring card payments.

These regional investments will enable Worldpay to serve its Australasian clients through an enhanced market presence and in-country payment processing.

Worldpay’s two new Australian offices will be located in Melbourne and Sydney, with Sydney acting as the country headquarters.

The company said its new sites will help it attract new customers and better serve existing clients, which includes VGW, Skiddoo, Lonely Planet, Webjet, and Supernova, the owner of Sand & Sky, Coco & Eve, BodyBoss and SkinnyMint.

“Australasia is an exciting region with lots of growth potential, but also its own unique set of challenges. By building a team of payments experts located in Australia, alongside the addition of a domestic card payment acquiring capability in New Zealand, Worldpay can offer a service that goes beyond the transactional,” said Phil Pomford, General Manager, Global Enterprise ecommerce, APAC at Worldpay.

“Our investment and addition of this new licence will enable us to further provide unparalleled access to global markets to help ecommerce businesses deliver on their international growth ambitions.”

The New Zealand card payment processing licence will allow Worldpay to process transactions domestically for merchants trading in New Zealand. This new licence means the global payments leader is one of a few providers to offer domestic acquiring capabilities in the country.

It will also make it easier for New Zealand-based firms to trade with the rest of the world, creating a seamless payment experience for both domestic and international clients.

Pomford said, “While there’s a lot of competition from traditional providers, Worldpay can offer something different. We’re already helping thousands of multi-national companies around the globe to drive sales, gain better data insights and enter new markets at scale. With our Australasian expansion, we want to show businesses in Australia and New Zealand that we’re the technology partner of choice to help them grow, and go global.”

Domestic acquiring in New Zealand will be available in Q2 2019, the company said.

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