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Updated on January 22, 2013
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General Information




GoCardless is a next generation payments company. We make it incredibly cheap and easy for anyone to take payments online using the Direct Debit infrastructure.

Based in London, we are a rapidly-growing, highly technical team. Combining years of financial services experience with a customer-driven approach we are transforming online payments.

GoCardless is the easiest way to accept Direct Debit payments online.

We handle the whole process, saving you time and allowing you to focus on what matters most: your business.





Countries of use



private and business







The minimum amount is £1 and each transaction is capped at £5000. There are no limits on how many transactions you make.

Funds you have collected are paid directly into your UK bank account

All payments are paid out after 7 working days

Integration approaches

PayLinks, API, Partner Application

Information for developers

GoCardless was written by developers, for developers. Our REST API is powerful but simple, and with our 
client libraries and tutorials you can accept your first payments in minutes.

Docs may be found here


Recent news

Posted on December 13, 2018
FAQ Friday – How can you access Direct Debit?

In the past, access to Direct Debit was only available directly through your bank, and the application process was typically lengthy, complicated and expensive for smaller businesses.

Thankfully Direct Debit is now far more accessible for businesses of every size.

In this week’s FAQ Friday, we look at three ways to access Direct Debit to help you decide which is best for your business.

We want to hear from you – get in touch and we’ll answer your questions in an upcoming video.

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Posted on December 11, 2018
Growing our payments network: launching Canada

As 2018 draws to an end, we’re excited to announce that GoCardless users can now take Pre-Authorised Debit payments in Canada, bringing the total number of countries in our growing global payments network to 30.

This means that our customers can increasingly use GoCardless to take recurring payments from their end users wherever they happen to be around the world. Great news for organisations with global footprints!

We’re committed to expanding our global payments network so that businesses based anywhere can collect payments from anywhere, and in any currency.

Having already launched in Denmark, Australia and New Zealand this year, our launch to Canada represents an important step towards this goal, being the first North-American Direct Debit scheme available through GoCardless, with our planned launch in the USA due to take place in 2019.

To find out more about taking payments in Canada, take a look at our guide here.

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Posted on December 6, 2018
FAQ Friday –Can you use Direct Debit for variable amounts or one-off payments?

Most people know what Direct Debit is, and that it can be used to collect regular, fixed payments like subscriptions or memberships but we often get asked about whether or not Direct Debit can be used for anything else.

In this week’s FAQ Friday, Product Marketing Manager, Paul, discusses whether or not you can use Direct Debit for variable amounts or one-off payments, and how this might help your business.

We want to hear from you – get in touch and we’ll answer your questions in an upcoming video.

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Posted on December 3, 2018
Bacs processing calendar 2019

With the end of the year fast approaching, Bacs have released their 2019 processing calendar, to help you plan for the year ahead.

The calendar allows you to easily check the dates when Bacs will process Direct Debit submissions in 2019 – and the dates they won’t.

If you’re a GoCardless customer, you don’t need to worry about this. We take care of submission dates for you and we'll automatically submit your payments to Bacs on the relevant day. This means you simply choose on which dates you'd like to charge your customers, and we'll do the rest.

You can find out more about timings of Bacs payments in our UK Direct Debit guide or if you can get in touch with our support team at help@gocardless.com.

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Posted on November 29, 2018
FAQ Friday – Can you use GoCardless with your existing finance software?

Did you know that GoCardless integrates with major accounting and billing software in the UK, including Xero, Sage, QuickBooks, KashFlow, Zoho and more?

These integrations allow you to process Direct Debit payments from within your existing accounts on these platforms and bring with it a host of other benefits, which can help your business run more efficiently.

In this week’s FAQ Friday, Partnerships Manager, Myles, talks through 3 ways that integrating GoCardless with your billing software can help your business.

We want to hear from you – get in touch and we’ll answer your questions in an upcoming video.

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