Barclaycard UK merchants to accept Discover cards

Barclaycard’s merchants operating in the UK can now accept cards that run on the Discover Global Network.

Thanks to the agreement, Discover, Diners Club International and more than ten affiliate network cards can be accepted by Barclaycard UK merchants both in-store and online.

The extension to the Barclaycard network has been made to help retailers, restaurants and other merchants take advantage of what – according to Visit Britain figures – is a continued growth in spend by tourists and business visitors to the UK. In 2017, the 39.2 million overseas visitors to UK spent a record £24.5 billion – which was up by 9% year on year.

Barclaycard, which processes almost half of the UK’s credit and debit card transactions, said the network of organisations able to accept Discover Global Network cards will grow over the course of the year. At present, these cardholders can pay at over 110,000 of Barclaycard’s UK merchants.

“This partnership marks an important milestone for our business,” explained Rob Cameron, CEO of payment acceptance at Barclaycard. 

“Following the significant investment we have made in our platform, UK merchants are now able to seamlessly accept new payment methods. For the first time, Discover Global Network’s extensive cardholder base will be able to purchase from our UK merchants whether they’re in-store visiting the UK or shopping online from abroad.”

Amy Parsons, senior vice president of global acceptance at Discover, added: “Partnering with Barclaycard will provide merchant acceptance at the places where they are most likely to shop and create a more positive experience.”

Discover Global Network has more than 44 million merchant acceptance locations and two million ATM cash access locations across 190 countries.

This latest payments tie-up comes after Barclaycard Commercial Payments announced last month that it had secured a strategic partnership with SAP UK, which will see its B2B payment product Precisionpay integrated into the SAP Ariba business network.

The two companies said the deal means companies, including retailers, can pay their suppliers quicker. It also provides more flexible working capital options for Barclaycard's corporate customers.