Notes to Editors:
The research was conducted by an independent market research agency, ACCORD Research, under the rules of the Market Research Society. ACCORD conducted 304 telephone interviews across a UK sample of SMEs. The data was weighted to be representative in terms of region, sector and size of organisation.
Bacs has been maintaining the integrity of payment related services since 1968, with responsibility for the schemes behind the clearing and settlement of UK automated payment methods, Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit, as well as the provision of managed services for third parties, such as the Cash ISA Transfer Service, and the development, management and subsequent ownership of the Current Account Switch Service.
More than 120 billion transactions have been debited or credited to British bank accounts via Bacs since its inception; in 2016, nearly 6.25 billion UK payments were made this way, while a new record was set on 30 June 2017 with the number of transactions processed by Bacs in a single day reaching a high of 111.7million.
A not-for- profit entity which has maintained carbon neutral status since 2012, Bacs is a membership
company limited by Guarantee.
For further information please visit www.bacs.co.uk.
More about Direct Debit:
A Direct Debit is an instruction from a customer to their bank or building society authorising an organisation to collect varying amounts from their account, normally for regular payments for everything from household bills to charitable donations. Almost nine out of 10 British adults have at
least one Direct Debit commitment, with 73 per cent of household bills paid this way; 62 per cent of
people in GB prefer to pay most bills by Direct Debit, and the number of people who feel positively towards Direct Debit reached 77 per cent in 2016. Over 4 billion Direct Debits were processed in 2016, and Direct Debit payments are protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee, a money back consumer safeguard.
For more information about Direct Debit, visit www.directdebit.co.uk.
More about Bacs Direct Credit:
Bacs Direct Credit is a simple, secure and reliable service, which enables organisations of all sizes to
make payments direct into a bank or building society account - unlike cash or cheques, Bacs Direct
Credit payments cannot be lost, stolen or delayed in the post.
are more than 150,000 organisations in the UK using Bacs Direct Credit;
while it has been widely adopted to pay benefits, wages and salaries –
nearly 90 per cent of the country’s workforce is paid this way and one
billion benefit payments are made via Bacs Direct Credit – it is also
the payment method of choice for a range of other applications such as
pension payments, employee expenses, insurance settlements, dividends
Bacs also owns and manages the Current Account Switch Service, as well as operating the Cash ISA Transfer Service and the Biller Update Service. Find out more here.