Cogent Consulting have a refreshing business style; they are honest, pragmatic and have a real focus on devlivering value for money backed by excellent customer service" Richard Emslie - Head of Finance Service Centre - First Group Plc

First Group Go-Live with A-iP to automate 700,000 invoices per annum. First Group’s business case was based on achieving a no touch process on 40% of their total document volume. On Go-Live, A-iP delivered a no touch process on 50% of their documents.

Here are some of the comments about the A-iP service from Richard Emslie – Head of Shared Services for First Group about the project:-

A-iP, the managed einvoicing and OCR service for SAP customers hits the 1,000,000 documents mark eight months after launch.


A-iP now receives more electronic invoices than paper invoices with the most popular format being PDF email attachments.

We can only see the volume of PDF invoices increasing with the recent price rises from Royal Mail. It's free of charge to the supplier and any accounting system can output a PDF with no IT effort. Even the smallest suppliers using Microsoft Office can print to PDF and send their invoice via email!

Tarmac centralised accounts payable and selected A-iP to automate 250,000 invoices per annum. The Control Centre implemented as part of the service processes a mixture of EDI, PDF and Paper invoices.