The Gift Voucher Shop (GVS) has been recognised in two categories at the 2012 Paybefore Awards winner for its One4all Gift Card and Post Office Budget Card products.

The company won awards in the Best Gift Card Program and Most Innovative Prepaid Program categories. It has become the first Irish company to win two prizes at the awards.

In their sixth year, the Paybefore Awards recognise excellence in the worldwide prepaid and stored value card industry. The awards are presented by Paybefore, which provides information, including magazines and ezines, to the global prepaid industry.

“Our company has come a long way since we launched our first multi-store paper voucher in Ireland,” said Michael Dawson, founder and group CEO at GVS. “We now enjoy success in a number of markets and continue to develop our product line and unique distribution networks.

“It is superb to achieve international recognition of our products’ success and reaffirms our position as industry innovators among the best in the business.”
The One4all Gift Card and Post Office Budget Card were selected by a panel of five industry experts who served as judges for this year’s competition.

“Paybefore Awards was created to honour the companies and individuals that are keeping prepaid on the cutting edge of payments,” said Loraine DeBonis, Paybefore editor-in-chief and chair of the judging panel.

“Our industry continues to break new ground and expand the reach of electronic payments because of companies like The Gift Voucher Shop who make innovation and execution a priority.”

The Gift Voucher Shop was established in 2002 as part of a strategic partnership with An Post. It now operates in the consumer and corporate gifting sectors throughout Ireland, Malta and the UK. Originally launched as Europe’s first multi-store paper gift voucher, the electronic One4all Gift Card entered the Irish market in 2006.

One4all’s Budget Card, which was launched in May 2010, enables over 300,000 people to budget for their utility bill payments through the UK Post Office. It replaced the traditional Post Office Savings Stamp which was withdrawn from the Post Office’s network of 12,000 branches.