Up until now Direct Debit payments have been out of reach of most small businesses, with expensive set up fees, confusing payment information submission and a very 'offline' process (usually involving paper Direct Debit mandate forms and emailing spreadsheets of billing data!) - not any more. Enter GoCardless, a London based payment services provider that enable any business, large or small, to collect payments from their customers via Direct Debit.
Not only is there no setup charge and no monthly charges the transaction charge is just 1% (up to a maximum - yes maximum - of £2).
Collecting payments via Direct Debit is now not only affordable to any business it's actually more cost effective than accepting payments from credit or debit card customers in most cases.