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Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 .

Companies that export their products could be ordering a stack of new mailing bags in the coming months as new research revealed that British exports are performing better than they have for years.

Research carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found that order books among UK firms were at their highest level since December 2013 in March this year.

In addition, UK manufacturers are expecting orders to continue to surge in the coming months, with the CBI noting this boost is partly due to the weakening of sterling, which makes British-made products more attractive to overseas consumers.

Overall, 24 per cent of...

Posted by on Mar 07, 2017 .

Ofcom has conducted a review of the regulations it introduced to the Royal Mail in 2012, and has concluded that the organisation has made improvements to its services and its performance overall has improved.

In addition, 82 per cent of residential customers surveyed by the organisation stated that they were satisfied with the service provided by Royal Mail, with 75 per cent also believing that the company offers value for money.

Ofcom also noted that growing competition in the parcels market has been good for consumers, with people having greater choice and generally able to get better value for money when they’re sending parcels -...

Posted by on Mar 05, 2017 .

The latest FedEx SMEs Export Report has revealed that overseas exports by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are having a positive impact on the country’s economy, with over 63 per cent of firms currently exporting and contributing significantly to international trade by taking advantage of the dip in Sterling.

Ecommerce platforms appear to be proving popular as drivers of growth, with 81 per cent of SMEs in the UK that do export generating revenue in this way, while 30 per cent say they’ve seen increases in their revenues in the last year.

It was revealed that export revenue contributes 59 per cent of total revenues...

Posted by on Mar 03, 2017 .

The Royal Mail has launched a special set of commemorative stamps to celebrate the beauty and history of Windsor Castle.

Available from 15 February, the new set features ten stamps, depicting various interior shots of the castle, as well as some stunning exterior images. Among them are photos showing the distinctive round tower, as well as the view of the castle from the Long Walk.

St George’s Room, The Queen’s Ballroom and The Waterloo Chamber are the rooms inside that castle that have been selected for this set of stamps.

The reason Royal Mail chose to release this set now is because 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the...

Posted by on Mar 02, 2017 .

Businesses that send out a lot of polybags will certainly be affected by the news that Royal Mail will be increasing the cost of its first and second class stamps from March 27th.

From that date, the price of a first class stamp will rise by 1p to 65p and the cost of a second class stamp will also climb by a penny to 56p. The postal service is keen to stress, however, that it considered these pricing changes very carefully and has done its best to minimise the impact that its customers might feel.

What’s more, its stamp prices are still among the best value across the whole of Europe. For example, the average for first class letters...

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 .

Royal Mail has taken steps to improve public access to post boxes all over the country by revealing plans for approximately 150 post boxes to be installed in Scotland, predominantly in rural areas and new housing developments.

Currently, there are about 115,300 such boxes across the UK, the BBC reports. And Royal Mail has said this new programme of installation will make sure that over 98 per cent of households in Britain will be within half a mile of a post box.

The move has been made despite the company admitting that many of these post boxes do not actually cover their costs, since people are increasingly turning to electronic...

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 .

If you’ve seen mailing bags arriving in the post, but not got a glimpse of the contents, it could be that your partner has sneakily stashed them away until Valentine’s Day.

But if you’re desperate to see what they’ve bought for you before February 14th, the best place to check is the wardrobe.

That’s according to the Royal Mail, which surveyed people to find out where they’re most likely to stash gifts for their loved ones.

Nearly one-quarter (21 per cent) of respondents said the wardrobe was their hiding place of choice, but 13 per cent also admitted they hide gifts under the bed.

Other popular places for hiding Valentine’s...

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 .

Pop icon David Bowie, who passed away in January 2016, is due to be commemorated with a special set of postage stamps in the UK.

There will be ten stamps in the set in total, with six featuring his most iconic album covers and a further four showing the musical legend performing live.

Albums Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane, Heroes, Let’s Dance, Earthling and Blackstar will feature on the stamps, as will shots of Bowie on four of his live tours throughout his extensive career.

Royal Mail has chosen to mark his Ziggy Stardust, Stage, Serious Moonlight and A Reality tours, and will be releasing the stamps in March, 50 years on from his...