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Apricity

IFA firms could traditionally either select large compliance providers where they’d feel confident in their technical knowledge, but got no personal service, or smaller compliance providers where they’d get a superior service, with practical file checks, but would miss some of the wider support functions. Apricity decided to change all this by creating a financial compliance software solution aimed at small firms with the comprehensive knowledge of a large firm.

Problem

IFA’s as part of their day to day roles are required to ensure that they are legally meeting the aims of their clients. This is obviously heavily regulated and requires error free, comprehensive checks on aspects of a financial product, the individual concerned and the suitability of the product. Nothing existed in the modern marketplace to automate this ‘checking’ in a quick and compliant way.

Solution

Sapere alongside the Apricity team designed, developed and built a software as a service (SAAS) solution built using bespoke web technologies to manage the compliance processes of IFA’s across the UK.

The solution integrated with payment gateway GoCardless to seamlessly take direct debit payments for the SAAS solution, FreeAgent for automatically raising and sending the invoice and mandrill for sending adhoc branded up emails.

The solution is an excellent example of integration and harnessing the capabilities of existing third party solutions to create a hybrid solution which underpins the business it was created for.

 

Business Benefits

The following business benefits have been realised since the finance web application development went live.

  • Compliance checks are 90% automated freeing up the time of the IFA and the compliance person performing the checks.
  • The software solution is a true SAAS meaning the users can use the platform at any point in the day or night anywhere in the World
  • The software is fully integrated with a payment solution to maximise the value of any money generated.
  • Automated creation of reports and KPI’s for management help with forecasting and target setting.
  • Fully automated compliance system which is an industry first.
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