Press Release 4th April 2008
“Chip away at those bad debts”
Gladstone Plus2 9.3 upgraded with Chip & PIN.
Oxford, England - Gladstone plc (AIM: GLD.L), the UK market leader in the provision of
software solutions and services to the leisure and education markets, is pleased to
announce that it has chosen Commidea Ltd (www.commidea.com) as its key strategic
partner in delivering an integrated Chip and PIN payment technology solution for its
Gladstone Plus2™ management system.
The solution, which provides a secure way to pay with credit or debit cards using integrated
technologies in the same way as retail outlets, restaurants and many other businesses, is
available immediately with Plus2 V9.3.
Since the successful introduction of Chip and PIN in the UK in February 2006, fraudsters
have found it tougher to use stolen cards, as customers now have to enter their PIN to be
sure they can pay, and thus reduce the use of a stolen card.
Commidea is the ideal partner for Gladstone plc, as they are the market leader in the
development of credit card processing technology, providing a range of high performance
systems and tailor-made solutions for almost every industry and market sector.
The Gladstone Plus2 integration really couldn’t be easier - instead of a member being asked
to provide their signature to verify payments, they can be asked to enter their four-digit
Personal Identification Number (PIN) known only to themselves; in the same way customers
do at a cash machine or in a restaurant or store.
Giles Cooper, Head of Sales and Marketing, at Commidea, commented:
“We are delighted to have been chosen by Gladstone as their preferred partner within the
UK Leisure market. Commidea has a very clear offering in payment processing products
and services – in particular online credit card processing, bulk processing and membership
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payment and management, whether at the reception desk of a leisure centre or a private
gym or sports club. We are looking forward to working with the established market leader
in this space.”
Peter Doyle, Head of Marketing for Gladstone Health & Leisure, added:
“Working with Commidea has allowed us to further develop and strengthen our market-
leading Gladstone Plus2 core offering. Securing credit and debit card payments brings
significant benefit to our clients, and we have been quick to add this advanced
functionality to our online product, Gladstone Connect2™ and our self-service Gladstone
We have invested a considerable amount of resources over the last six months to deliver a
product that will allow us to support our clients in offering their customers an enhanced
experience, reducing reception desk queues, offering fast-track bookings and ticket-
collection for those time-pressured individuals.”
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For further information, please contact:
Peter K. Doyle, Head of Marketing Tel: +44 (0) 1491 20 10 10
Chris Lane/ Gareth Mead Tel: +44 (0) 20 7398 7700
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Notes to Editors
Gladstone plc’s innovative software products and services, currently targeted at the global
health and leisure and education markets, are used daily by thousands of front line staff,
managers, end users and students.
Gladstone is a market leader in the provision of member relationship management solutions
for diverse health and leisure organisations including trusts, leisure centres, and major
private leisure chains and is established as the de facto standard for UK local authorities.
The Company enables all its clients in both public and private sectors, including
organisations such as Sportscotland and Trinity College Dublin, to utilise central database
facilities for central and cross-site on-line bookings, Customer Relationship Management
and membership management, centralisation of administration, marketing and reporting.
The Company also provides a wide range of integrated systems and software-based
solutions for the rapidly expanding Education Facilities Management Systems (“EFMS”)
market across the entire spectrum of educational establishments and is a key supplier to
the UK Government’s Building Schools for the Future (“BSF”) initiative.
Gladstone is focused on extending its solutions capabilities, which enable its clients to
maximise resource usage, retain customers and improve operational performance, thereby
making cost efficiencies, into new vertical and geographic markets aligned with its growth
The Company’s current solutions include the comprehensive Gladstone Plus2TM product
suite which incorporates advanced functionality including web-based remote booking,
advanced analysis and the use of kiosks, as well as Gladstone OnRecord TM which serves the
education industry with e-registration, biometric and smart card recognition, cashless
payment systems, extensive information portals, libraries usage and access control.
With the company head office based in Oxfordshire, the company also has sales offices in
Scotland, Ireland and Australia, with distributors in Dubai and Europe; in addition to
development facilities in Denmark and Pakistan.
For further information, visit www.gladstoneplc.com
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