The UK’s leading provider of scalable e-commerce websites, Shopcreator, has today announced that it has integrated its software with the global online payments service PayPal.

The technology integration provides Shopcreator’s many hundreds of UK e-tailers with direct access to the payment system, which operates more than 10 million customer accounts in the UK and over 105 million worldwide.

Research has shown that offering PayPal in conjunction with other payment methods can increase conversion rates within online shopping carts by at least 10%, something which will benefit Shopcreator’s growing base of customers that range from start-up businesses to household names, such as Sainsbury’s and Which?

Andy Kitchener Managing Director at Shopcreator comments, “In order to attain maximum basket conversion rates, it is advised that merchants offer four or more different payment methods. Shopcreator already works with multiple payment service providers and this new collaboration with PayPal provides one-click access to this highly popular and successful payment method.”

Carl-Olav Scheible General Manager of Merchant Services, PayPal Europe states, “Our model of no set-up and no monthly fees is just one of the many reasons why leading e-commerce providers like Shopcreator wish to offer PayPal as a payment solution for their merchants. This integration enables us to instantly access UK online retailers, who are using the Shopcreator e-commerce engine to sell goods and services online.”

The integration comes at a time when the UK’s online retail sales have grown at an average year-on-year rate of 45% for the last six months and the IMRG has increased its annual forecast UK for online retail sales from £26bn to £30bn.

About Shopcreator Developments Ltd
Shopcreator is the leading provider of fully scalable e-commerce websites solutions in the UK and Ireland. With retail clients that include Barker and Stonehouse, Co-Operative Group, EMI, Science Museum, Sainsbury's, TJ Hughes, and Which?, the company also provides e-commerce websites to start-up business through its partnerships with NatWest, RBS, HSBC and Bank of Ireland. All solutions share the same award-winning platform and Shopcreator's expertise in systems integration and online marketing enable clients to benefit from bespoke, multi-channel web-based solutions - designed to give maximum return on investment.

For more information visit www.shopcreator.com

About Paypal
About PayPal (Europe) Ltd
PayPal (Europe) Ltd. is a UK-based company, regulated by the FSA as an Electronic Money Institution (ELMI) and became regulated by the FSA as such in February 2004. As a regulated institution, we are subject to general prudential supervision by the FSA. It is a subsidiary of PayPal (International) Ltd., which is based in Dublin and is in turn a subsidiary of PayPal Inc. of San Jose, California. PayPal is 100% owned by eBay. PayPal was set up in the US in December 1998 and acquired by eBay in 2002. PayPal has over 10M accounts in the UK, 105M accounts worldwide and can be used to make online payments in 55 markets.

For more information visit www.paypal.co.uk

Published on: 12:00AM on 28th July 2006