The RAI operates several affinity schemes for its members in order to bring better savings and more efficient ways of doing business.

We have teamed up with many Irish businesses whose services and products make a huge difference to our members’ foodservice businesses.



Cost Management is a key ingredient to the success of any business but it can be difficult to complete due to market complexity, knowledge and time required but with our partnership with First Choice Purchasing they will complete this on your behalf using their volume with suppliers to secure the best cost of goods and services on your weighted basket of goods. The RAI started working with First Choice Purchasing in August 2016 and the average savings for members of €16,500 per annum across;

  • Chilled, Frozen, Ambient & Speciality Food
  • Fruit & Veg
  • Bread
  • Meat, Fish, Poultry
  • Drinks, Spirits, Coffee
  • Waste Oil

Through First Choice Purchasing we have now a process for achieving savings on energy. 

To avail of this great free benefit, you must be a member of the RAI. Please contact or tel: 021-2390060 to receive your cost management analysis.

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The way your customers choose to pay is ever evolving and keeping up with new technologies can be demanding.  Fortunately, The Restaurants Association of Ireland has negotiated an exclusive deal with Elavon Merchant Services for card payment processing. Elavon provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ service offering every payment processing service you might need – and can even help you develop new revenue streams including:

  • Next day funding for all card transactions
  • Local customer support
  • Comprehensive online reporting
  • Latest terminal technology with engineer install
  • On-site staff terminal training
  • Value added services

Elavon offers the latest card machines, which are designed for pay-at-table with GRPS or Wi-Fi terminal for the best coverage at all times.  You can also easily apply tips, split bills, take contactless transactions and accept mobile wallet payment, such as Android Pay. With Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) you can offer your international customers the choice to pay in their local currency and know the exact amount that will appear on their card statements. With each transaction you also receive a rebate. The benefits of DCC for restaurants include:

  • Increased revenue – rebate on each DCC transaction
  • Improved customer service – you offer customer the choice to pay in their home currency
  • No activation fees while supporting 64 local currencies
  • Monthly reporting on your statement so you can monitor your performance

Innovative iPad based point of sales system

A new tablet based point-of-sale solution, offered in association with talech, connects all of your restaurant tasks in one place for a seamless and efficient customer and business experience. As well as taking card payments you can organise table plans, take, manage and print orders, track inventory and access real time reporting to make more informed business decisions.  All this on an easy to use app on an iPad.

Talk to us today on 1800 995 085 or e-mail or visit

‘The RAI has formed an excellent partnership with Elavon, giving our members exclusive benefits. We are delighted with the successes achieved with Elavon.’

Adrian Cummins, CEO | Restaurants Association of Ireland

“Elavon are a great company to work with. We use card processing systems that meet the demands of our business and make our lives easier.”

Sharon Hollywood, Director of Operations, Fire Restaurants, Ireland

Elavon Financial Services DAC, trading as Elavon Merchant Services, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland


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DAS – Commercial Legal Protection

The RAI has partnered with DAS to provide an Employment, Legal Defence and Tax Protection Policy for all RAI Members. Your DAS Commercial Legal Protection policy gives you access to advice when you need it, and removes concerns about spiralling legal costs or unexpected accountant’s costs.

Employment Disputes & Financial Compensation Awards

Your DAS policy will pay legal representation costs if you are facing a claim in the Workplace Relations Commission and will protect you if you face court proceedings. Provided you have sought and followed legal advice from DAS in respect of a claim, financial compensation will also be covered by DAS.

Legal Defence

Your DAS policy will pay the legal costs of defending you or your business if you are facing a Criminal Prosecution relating to your work, such as Health & Safety Prosecutions, Data Protection Prosecutions or Employment Rights Prosecutions.

Tax Protection

The policy will cover your accountant’s costs of up to €3,000 if your business is subject to a Full Revenue Audit.


24 hour access to a whole range of support. Consult with a legal expert as often as you need about any problem concerning your business, from commercial legal advice to confidential counselling.


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GRID Finance & Leasing

The RAI is delighted to announce a new partnership with GRID Finance to provide non-bank finance to RAI members. GRID provide unsecured and secured loans of between €3,000 and €250,000 with flexible term lengths. They have also secured commitment of a €1 million fund to finance hospitality businesses in Ireland and this will increase to €10 million over the next 5 years.

“Accessing €55,000 in finance on the GRID allowed us to expand our catering business while offering our customers the opportunity to invest in KC Peaches. Being able to engage our customers in this way is what made us come back to the GRID for finance a second time.” – Katie Cantwell, KC Peaches

Contact: or call 01- 524 1615.


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Reduced Rates on Annual Licencing renewal service

Compton Solicitors offer RAI members exclusive access to their Licencing experts, free staff training and reduced rates on their annual licencing renewal service. Compton Solicitors offer assistance with Restaurant Certificate Renewals, Annual Music and Singing, Annual Public Dance, Special Exemption Orders.


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As a member of the Restaurants Association of Ireland you will receive a free bi-monthly copy of the Hotel and Restaurant Times Trade Magazine. Reduced advertising rates are also available for RAI Members. Please contact for a list of the reduced rates.


RAI members can have the Irish Times delivered to their premises every day for ONLY €1.00 per copy (Minimum order of 5 copies per day).


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Tariff 50 is for RAI members only, offers significant savings over non RAI member rates


WSS_LogoWright Safety Services – Safety Statement Offer

Wright Safety Services are pleased offer RAI members a special discounted fee for developing a Safety Statement for your business. We will cap our fee at €400+ VAT for all members.

To avail of this offer, please contact Barry Wright 087 2631917/ 053 9240878, E:







ResDiary is a flat-fee, online reservation system. Over 8,300 restaurants, bars and hotels across the world use ResDiary to manage their bookings, from taking online reservations to managing tables, selling tickets and storing credit card details to reduce no-shows or process online payments. The system also helps build customer databases and profiles to develop relationships and loyalty.

RAI offer: 10% off rack rates, new customers only


web:  sales:  +353 (0)86 7809908 email: are in business for 18 years. Every day helps thousands of customers across Ireland find the very best people for their business. with 1.8M monthly visits to our website and over 7M Job Adverts sent each month, job ads are seen by the widest audience in Ireland. 

We offer 10% discount on advertising on our platform for RAI members who are new customers to         Click here to learn more. 

Contact: Colin Murray


Phone: 01 6642957