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Semafone Wins Silver in 2017 Best in Biz Awards – Fastest Growing Company of the Year



Semafone Wins Silver in 2017 Best in Biz Awards – Fastest Growing Company of the Year

Contact center data security and compliance expert honored for rapid, ongoing North American growth

BOSTON and GUILDFORD, U.K. – Dec. 1, 2017 – Semafone has been named a silver winner in the Fastest-Growing Company of the Year—medium-sized business, in Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

Since opening the company’s North American headquarters in Boston in 2016, Semafone has capitalized on the growing opportunities within the U.S. payment security sector. As U.S. merchants transition to accepting chip-enabled payment cards, fraudsters are shifting their focus to more vulnerable payment channels, such as contact centers. Using Semafone’s Cardprotect solution, businesses are able to reduce risk and to take secure, PCI DSS compliant payments over the phone.

Each year, Best in Biz Awards’ entrants span the spectrum, from some of the most innovative local start-ups to the most recognizable global brands. The seventh annual program was particularly hotly contested, with more than 650 entries from an impressive array of public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and geographic regions in the U.S. and Canada.

“As companies continue to struggle with PCI DSS compliance, we are proud to offer a solution that not only simplifies the process, but also helps to reduce risk at the same time,” said Tim Critchley, CEO, Semafone. “Winning this award is a testament to our company’s growth and innovation. We are excited to continue our work with leading brands across a wide range of industry sectors to help them focus on what matters most—keeping their customers safe and happy by ensuring their sensitive personal data is secure.”

Winners of Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from an independent judging panels composed of prominent editors and reporters from some of the most respected newspapers, TV outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Best in Biz Awards’ uniqueness stems, in part, from this distinct composition of its judging panels, allowing it to best leverage the judges’ unparalleled expertise, experience and objectivity to determine award winners. The 2017 judging panel included members of top business and tech publications.

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2017, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2017-winners.

About Semafone



Semafone provides software to contact centers so they can take personal data securely over the telephone. Semafone’s patented data capture method collects sensitive information such as payment card or bank details and social security numbers directly from the customer’s telephone keypad for processing. This prevents personal data from entering the contact center, which protects against the risk of fraud and the associated reputational damage, ensuring compliance with industry regulations such as PCI DSS.


The company was founded in 2009 and now supports customers in 25 countries on five continents. Semafone is vertically agnostic and its extensive customer base includes companies such as Aviva Canada, Amica Mutual Insurance, British Sky Broadcasting, Pethealth, Rogers Communications and TVG.

Major investors of Semafone include Octopus Investments and BGF (Business Growth Fund).

Semafone has achieved the four leading security and payment accreditations: ISO 27001:2013, PA-DSS certification for Cardprotect its payment solution, PCI DSS Level 1 Service Provider and is a registered Visa Level 1 Merchant Agent. To learn more, visit www.semafone.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.