“Home Retail Group appoints Atos to run – For Business Account”

London, 12 April 2012

After a competitive tender the Home Retail Group (HRG) has signed a 4 year agreement with Atos, an international IT services company, for the implementation of a business account scheme to allow SME business customers to purchase goods and services in-store, online and via Argos Direct. The new For Business account card will be launched by HRG's business to business division, Argos for Business.

Danny Clenaghan, Managing Director of Argos for Business said: “We are committed to providing excellent service to our customers and we are excited to extend this service to the SME market. We are confident that Atos will deliver this service to the excellent standard our customers expect. The For Business account allows businesses instant access to over 35,000 product lines at great value prices, supported by excellent account management tools.”

Iain Kingsley, SVP for Hi-Tech Transactional Services in the UK Atos, said: “We are delighted to add Home Retail Group to our client list, which extends our business account scheme in the retail sector. We have developed an excellent offering in payment services and this contract is further evidence that they can be adapted and tailored to meet the needs of different clients to help them attract business customers, drive sales and therefore gain competitive advantage.”

Atos, a leader in transaction services, will be providing full management of the business account card for small to medium enterprises in the UK and providing an end to end service from application to payment. The scheme will commence in April with a trial across a region of Argos stores.

The on-line account support facility will allow customers to manage their account, control costs and access various management information tools including a line item detail invoice archive.

For further information please contact:

Argos for Business
Vicky Simpson - Marketing Manager
Tel: 01908 600598
Email: Vicky.Simpson@argos.co.uk

Caroline Crouch
Tel: 020 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atos.net

Home Retail Group is the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer with sales of £6 billion in the last financial year. It sells products under two distinctive and complementary retail brands, Argos and Homebase. The Group employs some 52,000 people across the business; more information can be found at www.homeretailgroup.com. Last year the Group acquired the Habitat brand in the UK; comprising of an on-line operation, three flagship stores in London and Habitat Contracts, a business to business function; more information can be found at www.habitat.co.uk.

Argos is the UK's leading multi-channel retailer, offering more than 35,000 products from around 750 stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland, online at argos.co.uk, over the telephone and uniquely, through Argos TV. Argos continues to be the UK's largest high street retailer online with 400 million website visits annually. Argos serves more than 130 million customers a year through its store network. In the financial year to February 2011, Argos' sales were £4.2 billion and it employed around 33,000 people across the business.

Homebase is the UK's second largest home improvement retailer and is recognised for choice, style and customer service across the wider home enhancement market. It has more than 300 large, out-of-town stores, which sell over 30,000 products, as well as a growing Internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk.

Argos for Business has over thirty years experience working with some of the UK's most successful public and private sector organisations. Specialist teams deliver a range of services; across varied industry sectors; from rewards and incentives to insurance replacement and procurement solutions. More information can be found at www.argosforbusiness.co.uk.

About Atos
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual 2011 pro forma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 48 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.