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London, 8th September 2003 - Protx, a leading secure online payment and email solutions provider, has announced that Holmes Place PLC has chosen its VeriSecurePayment (VSP) solution to take credit and debit card payments online for the first time.

Protx’s VSP solution provides Holmes Place with a quick, simple and secure way for non-members to sign up and pay online for its new weight loss programme, inchloss training, on offer at Holmes Place’s popular health and fitness clubs across the UK. Inchloss training is a new programme developed by Holmes Place to help people lose weight by combining sensible eating with a sensible exercise plan. The increased convenience that the Protx secure online payment solution brings ensures that the health and fitness chain will continue to grow through its online presence.

Gary Cook, web technologies manager for Holmes Place, comments “As this was our first foray into the world of online transactions, we wanted a value for money secure end-to-end payment solution that was both reliable and scalable. Protx matched all of our criteria and was able to integrate easily with the shopping cart technology already in place on our site.”

“As a result, Protx quickly delivered a fully functional e-commerce system smoothly within a tight time-frame,” Cook continues. “A dedicated support team was at hand to guide us through the whole process, from setting up the account to the testing and "go-live" stages. The entire procedure was such a success that we recorded our first online sale on launch day!”

Michael Alculumbre, CEO of Protx, explains, “As with all aspects of business, first impressions count. Holmes Place wanted to make sure its introduction to e-commerce was as smooth a process as possible and that potential Holmes Place customers interested in taking advantage of its new inchloss training programme would be able to do so easily,” explains

Thanks to a £20 flat rate monthly fee and 128-bit encryption technology, Protx’s range of secure online payment solutions offers affordable rates, maximum security and scalability to suit the needs of all sized businesses looking to process transactions over the Internet. Protx’s offering includes antifraud measures Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode as well as address verification for no additional charge.


About Protx
Protx is an innovative Internet solutions company, providing high quality, secure, low cost Internet solutions. Its products are specifically designed to enable the secure, real-time processing of online credit and debit card transactions and the secure sending of data via email. Its first class range of secure online payment and email products is offered at a price that is amongst the lowest in the business.

Formed in 1995, Protx has invested heavily in research, development and hardware. As a result, Protx’s services are among the most advanced in the industry and have helped its clients ensure that their e-commerce ventures thrive.

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About Holmes Place
Holmes Place PLC is the operator of premium health and fitness clubs and has evolved dramatically since its inception in the old Plumber Merchants off Fulham Road, London, in 1980. Holmes Place currently operates over 60 health clubs across Greater London, the Southeast and overseas.

In addition to the rapidly increasing number of private members clubs, Holmes Place also provides health and fitness services for the general public. Holmes Place Leisure Management currently works with a variety of partners from local authority to corporate clients.

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7795 4143

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