Consulting Smart's History

Consulting Smart History

The origins of Consulting Smart date back to 2001 when Steve Beecroft our MD became a Director of a Project Management consultancy specialising in payment cards. Steve foresaw that chip technology would change the way in which financial services and many other industries interacted with and served their customers. Encouraged by his belief in the importance of this new channel, Steve joined the National Smart Card Project for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. This brought the first of our multi-application test and learn assignments. In 2006 Steve left the Project Management consultancy to pursue his interests in emerging technologies related to card, mobile and barcode for both payments and acceptance. We understand the issues our clients face, with the increasing pressures of speed-to-market, cost efficiency, improving the customer experience, increasing functionality and improving security. Whether you are planning an entirely new scheme, or taking an existing one to the next level of sophistication, we have the experience and expertise to assist you in bringing card scheme to market faster and providing better benefits realisation.2001 – Gathering experience and intelligence on multi-application smartcard schemes in a number of vertical markets. Adding to the wealth of experience on card payments.

  • 2001 – Wrote the smartcard standards for use of smartcards in a Local Authority environment. Commended by the Smart Card Security Standards Committee.
  • 2002 – 2005 Delivered numerous payments and multi-application smartcard solutions for a number of vertical markets including , financial services, mass transit, central government, local authorities, schools, leisure centres, hospitality & leisure and sports arenas / football clubs. For more information click here.
  • 2006 – Consulting Smart Ltd formed to deliver market analysis, strategic consultancy & planning and programme delivery of payments and multi-application smartcard schemes for clients in numerous markets. For more information click here.
  • 2009 – Consulting Smart Ltd Managing Director, Steve Beecroft, asked to join the Speaker Circuit for Clarion Events. His first appearance as a speaker was at PrePaid 2009.
  • 2010 – Engaged by Visa Europe to lead a loyalty programme that was to become the foundation for the Loyalty and Offers function in Visa’s mobile offering V.me.
  • 2010 – Begins a programme helping the local community to organise and fund raise for Party on The Green an annual event.
  • 2011 – Appointed Trusted Advisor to American Express and represented them on the UK Cards Association – Contactless Rollout Committee, the UK Cards Association – the Mobile Contactless Steering Group and the European Payments Council – Joint working Board for Mobile Remote Payments.
  • 2011 – As part of the Consulting Smart Community Program, agrees to become a sponsor of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.
  • 2012 – First trans Atlantic assignment successfully delivered, - the American Express participation in the Isis Wallet. For more information click here.
  • Specialising

    We specialise in the Concept & Feasibility, Design, Build and Implementation of smart technology schemes which are ideally suited to organisations whose customers have a mutual interest or need, organisations such as:- Financial Services, Public Transport, Retail, Local Authorities , Sports Stadia, Clubs and Associations, Utilities, Leisure Villages.

    Service & Quality

    Our understanding of service and quality is different to some other companies in that we hear what our client say but we listen to what they need. That is to say that we will only ever give you the best advice we can even if that means turning down projects that we don’t believe we can deliver.


    Reputation & Integrity

    We are not afraid to admit that our reputation is more important to us than yours is and whilst this may appear conceited, this is only what all other consultancies believe but would never admit to clients. The real difference with Consulting Smart Ltd is our high level of integrity makes this perfectly reasonable view work to your advantage. We treat all clients and potential clients as partners so by protecting our business and reputation we are also protecting yours.

    Affiliations

    Consulting Smart Ltd are:- Co-chairman of the Smart Card Networking Forum (SNCF) – Board member of Local Authority Smartcard Standards e-Organisation (LASSeO) BSI trained Quality Auditors for ISO BSI 9001 Quality Systems Microsoft Partner, NFC Forum Participants A listed Expert Resource for national media for Smart Technologies. In addition we have also represented our clients on UK Cards Association Mobile Contactless Steering Group , UK Cards Association Contactless Rollout Committee and The European Payments Council – Joint working Board for Mobile Remote Payments. We remain “Trusted Advisors”, on an independent basis, to a number of the industry bodies at which we have represented our clients.


    "The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten" –John Ruskin

    “You’re only as good as your clients think you are” –Steve Beecroft – 2006