Great start to a year of celebrations for TALL Security Print 25th Anniversary
Runcorn-based TALL Security Print starts a year of celebrations marking its 25th anniversary. Established in 1991, the original Directors Brian Toole, Peter Andrew, Phil Long and Bill Lamb together with the staff have seen the business grow as a founding member of the TALL Group of Companies and become recognised as one of the UK’s leading security print providers.
The TALL Group provides special cheques, credits and secure encoded documents, producing millions of secure documents each month from its fully accredited, secure production facilities in Runcorn, Hinckley and Lisburn.
Continued investment in the Runcorn site has seen TALL Security Print’s portfolio of products and services expand to meet customers’ latest print and quality requirements offering both traditional sheet and reel fed print facilities with digital print capabilities for complete flexibility.
“Here at TALL Security Print we have always put the needs of our customers at the heart of everything that we do”, commented Peter Andrew, Group Sales and Marketing Director for TALL. “With clients both here in the UK and throughout the world, we have created a dedicated team of individuals over the last 25 years who are passionate about print and ensuring that those customers’ needs are met.” This level of dedication means that TALL Security Print, as part of the TALL Group, not only supports UK banks, financial institutions and corporates, but also regularly successfully exports to over 20 countries, with products ranging from cheques to vouchers and from certificates to ballot papers for elections around the world.
The TALL Security Print 25th anniversary year of celebrations started early with the news that the Company has been chosen as one of five security printing companies selected to produce a new standardised cheque for Ethiopia. Part of the overall Ethiopian National Payment System (NPS), the cheque standardisation project has been worked on for the last five years. This work has been led by the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), the Ethiopian financial institutions’ supervisory body, working in conjunction with the Ethiopian Bankers’ Association, to implement the new cheque system.
The new cheque will be uniform across all financial firms, capable of being machine read with security features including Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) code line and watermarked paper; the only notable variation in the cheque will be banks’ logos and corporate colours.
As the only security printing press in Ethiopia does not have the infrastructure required to print such security sensitive documents then TALL Security Print joins the other four foreign companies able to provide the security printing needed for the project.
“Once again our experience and expertise has been rewarded with a valuable selection by one of our customers,” added Peter Andrew. “As we start 2016, we are looking forward to being able to continue to supply the rest of the world with products and services, something that was only a dream 25 years ago when TALL began.”
Record Sales at Checkprint driven by Tech-enabled products and services
Hinckley based Checkprint Ltd, wholly owned subsidiary of the TALL Group of Companies, has announced record revenues of £4.75m for 2015, beating its previous best for the second time in three years. The record sales at Checkprint are driven by growth being fuelled by technology based products such as cheque scanners, supporting the cheque imaging initiatives now being developed in the UK and a number of international markets, together with software applications and associated recurring revenues linked to such payment solutions. The company is set for a further period of development in 2016 and beyond.
Martin Ruda, TALL Group Managing Director, said, ‘investment in IT skills and building a leadership role in cheque imaging have been both costly and time consuming enterprises over the last couple of years, but we fully expect this investment to pay off as the UK banking industry commits to the Future Clearing Model and corporate UK recognises the continuing value in making and receiving cheque payments, dramatically improved with the speed and efficiency of the imaged clearing process.’
Checkprint Ltd, recent winners of Best for Cheque Print & Remote Deposit Capture Solutions in the 2015 UK Corporate Excellence Awards, has established and developed significant contracts with many leading UK and international financial institutions. The success of the business is built around a high quality portfolio of services and solutions, exceptional customer service, innovative new product development and a rapid turnaround that remain at the core of Checkprint’s operation.