Forest Communications Essex Card Payment Solutions

Countertop card machine

Fast, reliable and easy to use, our countertop terminal is perfect for any retail or hospitality business where payments are made directly at the till or sales desk.

  • Designed to work from a fixed point
  • Accept Contactless and Apple Pay
  • Offer cashback and refunds
  • Merchant account provided
  • 3-day set up and delivery
  • Install yourself in minutes
  • 24/7 UK-based support
Forest Communications London Card Payment Solutions

Portable card machine

If you’re a restaurant, bar or pub and want the flexibility to serve your customers wherever they’re located, our portable card terminals are the perfect choice for you.

  • Works anywhere on your premises
  • Reliable up to 100m from base
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Contactless and Apple Pay
  • Merchant account provided
  • 3-day set up and delivery
  • Install yourself in minutes
  • 24/7 UK-based support
Forest Communications Hertfordshire Card Payment Solutions

Mobile Card Machine

Wherever your work takes you, our mobile terminal makes sure you get paid. Its GPRS mobile connectivity allows you to process payments from anywhere using the standard mobile network.

  • Take card payments anywhere
  • UK-wide network coverage
  • Built-in roaming SIM card
  • Contactless and Apple Pay
  • Merchant account provided
  • 3-day set up and delivery
  • Install yourself in minutes
  • 24/7 UK-based support

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Online Payments


  • Access to Revolution, the leading administration and reporting platform developed by Forest.
  • Transaction management information and consumer intelligence reporting via the Revolution platform.
  • Flexible integration options as well as virtual terminal capability.
  • Solutions hosted on the Forest PCI DSS Level 1 compliant payments network.
  • Branding options for payment pages and the Revolution portal.
  • SchedulePay enables recurring payment capability.
  • Tokenisation option reduces the level of PCI DSS compliance obligations.

Online card holder not present (CNP) solutions are those that let you buy and pay for products and services online. The merchant is given access to a series of integration options that allow them to securely pass customer information to the NetPay infrastructure to perform the credit or debit card transaction on their behalf returning an accepted or declined response as required.

Merchants can integrate with the Forest service in a number of ways;

Hosted Form –

With a hosted form solution a consumer goes through the purchasing process on a merchant’s site, when they reach the payment stage they are passed to Forest via HTTPS. Along with the request passing them to Forest important information including their name, address and the transaction value is also passed over. This information is encrypted at submission to Forest and is then used to dynamically populate a payments page. The payments page can be designed with the merchants branding, controlled via the Revolution portal. The webpage will give the consumer the opportunity to input their credit or debit card information and submit the transaction for processing. When the payment has been authorised the merchant has the option of having a specific script called and forwarding the consumer to a “Thank you” page.

This method ensures the merchant can accept credit and debit card payments quickly and easily with very little integration but also without having to handle or store credit card information and consequently going through a PCI DSS compliance process.


The XML API option is for those merchants who want to take advantage of greater flexibility and are happy to assume additional responsibility when processing consumer payments. The merchant would take the credit or debit card details of the consumer securely, using SSL encryption from within their website. The transaction is then submitted to the merchant’s website which securely sends an XML request containing the card holder and credit card information to Forest.

The merchant can have the option of using the credit or debit card information once only, storing it within their system or taking advantage of the Forest tokenisation capability (which is better specified below). The merchant must go through a PCI DSS self-certified assessment if they are taking and storing credit card information. Such assessments are usually insisted on by the merchant’s acquirer or alternatively NetPay can provide this as an additional service.

LinkToPay –

Forest has developed LinkToPay, the first service launched as part of its PayAnyway product suite, created to provide innovative and convenient ways for customers to pay and merchants to get paid. LinkToPay enables you to send a payment request to a customer by email or by text message with a link for them to pay you securely via a web page. The secure web page is responsive allowing payments to be made simply and easily through mobile devices as well as computers. LinkToPay also generates a short URL as well as a QR code enabling customers to incorporate alternative options to pay in both printed and posted invoices.

LinkToPay helps you get paid faster and makes it more convenient for your customers and improving your cashflow.

How does LinkToPay work?

LinkToPay is an integrated feature of Forest’s award winning Revolution platform. Merchants can use the web based tool to create a LinkToPay request, alternatively there is also an API option to integrate the feature into your existing CRM or billing system. The merchant chooses how the request should be made to the customer, by mail, by text message or both. The system will also create a short URL and QR code that can be sent to the customer to initiate payment. This can be for a one-off charge or a recurring payment (subscription) from a customer.

The merchant simply supplies the contact information of the customer including name, address, email address and mobile number (if a text message request is required) along with information relating to the payment request such as order reference, description, amount and whether the payment is one-off or recurring.

Value Added Services –

Tokenisation – Tokenisation solves certain elements of PCI DSS compliance for those merchants that are using the ForestPay XML API. As opposed to storing credit or debit card information within the merchant’s server they can send a request to NetPay as part of the initial authorisation, requesting a “token” to be returned. The token is effectively a code generated by NetPay that the merchant can use for future transactions using the same card information and is particularly useful for organisations that give their customers the flexibility to make repeat purchases without having to re-input their credit and debit card details. The card information is stored securely within the NetPay PCI DSS Level 1 compliant infrastructure reducing the level of PCI DSS compliance required by the merchant.

SchedulePay – SchedulePay provides the ability for merchants to setup recurring credit and debit card transactions with their consumers processing weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually. SchedulePay can be used via the hosted form, XML API as well as the online MOTO terminal. SchedulePay agreements will continue until they are cancelled, the card expires or the payment fails, at which point a notification is shown within the Revolution portal giving the opportunity for the merchant to update the SchedulePay agreement to new details as required