AUSTIN, TX, August 28, 2013 -- Bigcommerce, the leading e-commerce platform for fast-growth businesses, and Stripe, the easiest way to accept card payments online, today announced UK availability. The new integration with Stripe’s Connect platform now enables UK-based merchants using Bigcommerce to accept online payments in minutes — not days or weeks.
Many entrepreneurs who run online businesses know that taking payments isn’t all that easy. Merchant accounts, payment gateways, forms to fill out, and activation waiting periods can lead to frustrations, especially when you’re just starting out and want to make money quickly. Stripe’s solution is simple and fully integrated into the Bigcommerce platform, making it easier for businesses to accept payments from customers directly on their own site.
“Our focus is to help growing businesses expand their sales online and Stripe makes it dead simple for them to accept card payments,” said Mitchell Harper, co-founder and co-CEO at Bigcommerce. “Combined with our simple onboarding wizard to get your store up and running, Stripe now makes it possible for new Bigcommerce merchants in the UK to get a beautiful online store live and transacting in under 30 minutes.”
How it works:
- When Bigcommerce users enable payments with Stripe, their customers will enter card details directly on the merchant’s site, and won’t be redirected to an offsite checkout page. Stripe takes care of the rest, transferring payments directly to users' bank accounts. Existing Stripe users can connect their account to Bigcommerce in two clicks.
- Stripe's pricing is simple and straightforward — 2.4% + 20p per transaction + VAT for each successful transaction, with volume discounts available. UK users can also charge in USD, GBP and EUR immediately from a single Stripe account. There are no hidden fees, business owners know what they're going to pay upfront, and they don't have to worry about incurring new fees as their business grows and relies on more features.
“Bigcommerce has enabled tens of thousands of businesses to sell online,” said John Collison, co-founder and president at Stripe. “It's easy to see why — it's a very elegant product. We're thrilled to expand our partnership with them to make it even easier for UK-based businesses to be part of the online economy."
“As a London-based business using Bigcommerce to sell online, we have been eagerly awaiting the launch of Stripe for Bigcommerce in the UK,” said Tim Slatter, founder of The Cake Store. “For us, having full control over our checkout experience is vital to the success of our business and Stripe makes the entire payment process simple and seamless. We couldn’t be more excited that these two e-commerce innovators have partnered together and we can’t wait to start offering Stripe to our online customers.”
- Stripe for Bigcommerce is now available for businesses in the UK with support for more countries being added soon.
- The integration supports Visa, MasterCard and American Express transactions.
Bigcommerce is the leading e-commerce platform for fast-growth businesses, enabling them to easily launch professional online stores in hours, not weeks or months. Existing clients Gibson Guitar, Zaggora.com, YETI Coolers and nearly 40,000 others are using Bigcommerce’s built-in e-commerce and marketing capabilities to sell more with less effort. Bigcommerce was founded in 2009 by two Aussies turned part-time Texans with a vision to build a scalable, powerful e-commerce platform for every small to medium business in the world.
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Stripe is the best way to accept card payments on websites and in mobile apps. Prior to Stripe, businesses had to spend days dealing with complicated paperwork to begin transacting online; now, businesses can begin accepting payments in minutes.
Stripe's flexibility allows websites to customize their payment experience. Behind the scenes, Stripe takes care of the heavy lifting, from security to daily bank account deposits. Stripe powers payments for thousands of businesses of every size—from start-ups to blue chip companies including Heroku, Foursquare, Evite, Grooveshark, Mixpanel, Reddit, Lyft and Squarespace. Stripe's investors include PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, and Elon Musk, Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.
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Jacey Zuniga, Bigcommerce
John Collison, Stripe