Year: 2002

£250,000 investment for mailing firm

A Midland postal services company is tying a ribbon on its ten-year anniversary with a pounds 250,000 investment in new equipment.

Birmingham-based Central Mailing services says it hopes to add to the 30 staff it now employs providing mailing services for all market sectors from advertising agencies and publishers to professional bodies and blue chip corporate companies.

The company has doubled its turnover in the last three years and now has sales of more than pounds 2 million a year.

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La Poste France plans test of portal services

La Poste is preparing to launch a large scale public test of its portal services, which are currently being tested in house. The company does not expect to launch commercial services until around mid-2003, and has not even decided on a name for the offering yet. The portal will bring a wide range of La Poste services, currently available via a range of different sites, onto a single portal.

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Hays granted first long-term licence by Postcomm

Postcomm Competition in postal services took a major step forward today when Postcomm awarded Hays the first long term licence to introduce additional mail services for businesses.

The licence, which will run for a minimum of seven years, will allow Hays DX to deliver business mail to any business address in the UK, with a range of innovative and unique service options.

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Simpson and Bascetta's names stamped onto mail revolution

Two businessmen who own the Scottish franchise of American postal company Mail Boxes Etc (MBE) are keen to acquire some of the sub-post offices that the loss-making Royal Mail wants to close.

Steve Simpson and Pepe Bascetta, who hold MBE’s master licence for Scotland and the north of England, believe they could keep many of the offices open by offering a wider range of services.

MBE is a specialist postal, communications and business services franchise, the world’s biggest non-food franchise.

It is a big player in the US, Canada and Italy but is barely known in the UK and Ireland where it has only 63 centres, including 10 in Scotland.

Simpson and Bascetta’s proposal could offer a lifeline to some of the 3000 sub-post offices targeted for closure across the UK. Royal Mail says it will close an undisclosed number of its 700 urban post offices in Scotland.

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Postcomm awards the first standard licences to Hays and TPG Post UK

Competition in postal services took a major step forward today when Postcomm
awarded the first long term licences to Hays Commercial Services Limited and
TPG Post UK Limited. The licences mark the start of wider competition in the
provision of postal services throughout the UK.
The new standard licences, which have a minimum life of seven years, will
come into operation when the first stage of postal competition opens on 1
January 2003.

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Postcomm adds tracked business mail to standard licence

Postcomm today added tracked business-to-business mail services to the
competitive postal market. Postal operators wishing to provide such services will be able to apply for a licence from Postcomm.
The standard postal licence which will enable competing companies to offer
business mail services in competition with Royal Mail, will come into operation
on 1 January 2003. The licences will cover bulk mail, consolidation services,
and enhanced document exchange services.

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Postcomm acts to enforce business mail improvements

Postcomm today imposed an enforcement order on Royal Mail which requires it
to improve the way in which it processes two mail services for businesses –1st
Class Response Service and 1st Class Postage Paid Impression (PPI) – or face the
possibility of monetary penalties.
Today’s order follows an enforcement notice issued by Postcomm in October.
This was served after information from Royal Mail indicated that its 1st
Class Response Service and 1st Class PPI were likely to miss their performance targets in March 2003 — the end of the current financial year.

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TPG Post awarded long-term licence in UK

TPG NV said its unit TPG Post UK Ltd was awarded a long-term licence by UK post regulator Postcomm.

TPG is in the first group of companies to be awarded a long-term licence, which will allow it to carry bulk mail and provide consolidation services in the UK from January 1.

TPG intends to provide services to large companies, publishers, mailing houses and direct marketers.

The company will target customers with large individual mailings of over 4,000 items.
Postcomm has also awarded a long term licences to Hays Commercial Services Limited.

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