Card Processing Advisory Service (CPRAS)CPRAS (The Card Processing Advisory Service) has been selected as AIA’s preferred partner for the provision of Merchant Account Optimisation services.

Voted UK Card Processing Consultancy of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016, CPRAS has exemplary credentials and will provide AIA members with free expert guidance and professional assistance in the complex and constantly changing Merchant Account marketplace.

CPRAS helps merchants of all sizes across every sector (local pubs to the Government Banking Service). All AIA members, and their clients, who accept payments via credit or debit card are now in a position to benefit from this free expert service. By accessing the CPRAS - AIA partnership benefits, you can provide your clients with cost management expertise which takes service requirements/improvement opportunities as the very first priority. This is unique in the global market.

In general, merchants are faced by an array of complex pricing and industry coding and are primarily unaware (though suspicious) of excessive bank charges. In 9 out of 10 cases CPRAS currently identify net savings of over 25% on processing costs and, equally importantly, ensure that service requirements are matched precisely to a merchant’s exacting needs.

As an AIA member, CPRAS is your merchant services expert partner and is equipped to deal with even the most complex of Global merchant account arrangements. July 2016 sees the launch of the CPRAS/AIA 'Optimiser,' a cloud-based software tool that facilitates rapid cross-market analysis of merchant accounts and generates comprehensive savings reports. Co-branded with AIA and member’s details, the Optimiser is a set to be a very powerful tool.

Andrew Flavell, CPRAS Director of Partnerships said: "Partnering with AIA is a very significant step for us. With the arrival of the Optimiser, AIA members will be able to analyse client merchant accounts within minutes and produce cost saving reports highlighting where savings can be achieved. This is an opportunity to save AIA clients thousands or tens of thousands of pounds and for AIA members to benefit from partner revenues when services are engaged."

To find out more or to pre-order your Optimiser, simply email aia@cpras.co.uk. Alternatively call Andrew Flavell directly on 07951 292 124 to discuss the opportunity. Sample reports are available.