Cheque & Credit Clearing Company Reveal Business Cheque Usage in 2017
Business Cheque Usage 2017
Did you know that according to recent annual business cheque usage research conducted by the Cheque & Credit Clearing Company:
- 57% of UK businesses said that they had made payments by cheque in the past year
- 40% of UK businesses said that they had made payments by cheque in the past month
To view a copy of the research document please click on this link: Cheque & Credit Clearing Company Business Market Research 2017
Special cheque and credit services
The TALL Group produce special cheques for many of the major UK high street banks, liaising with bank contacts and their corporate customers to provide a special cheque and credit service.
The Group companies will guide bank customers through the process of ordering business cheques and ensure that they meet individual bank guidelines.
TALL design and provide secure cheque printing for cheque book and computer cheques, in a range of formats and sizes (including A4 laser and continuous cheques), and a choice of background designs to suit customer requirements.
Fully bespoke designs, incorporating unique overt and covert security features are also available.
All formats and sizes are available for credits and paying in slips including special code lines that incorporate OCR and/or MICR. TALL can also design and print letter and remittance credits.
With fully trained customer service centres at all three TALL Group sites, experienced in liaising with both bank and corporate customers TALL can manage bank customers’ special cheque and credit service requirements directly.
Businesses Should Be Keen To Avoid Pitfalls Of A Hard Border
“Businesses should be keen to avoid pitfalls of a hard border”, according to Peter Thomas, Managing Director of DLRT Limited, the Lisburn-based TALL Group Company.
“Barely a day goes by without the subject of Brexit stealing the headlines in one way or another. However, despite an abundance of column inches and thousands of hours of TV footage, reports continue to suggest that only limited progress has been made in the UK’s negotiations with the EU.
As we swiftly head towards the two-year anniversary since more than 17.4 million (51.9%) of people opted to leave the EU, there still seems to be far more questions than answers. This uncertainty continues to have a turbulent effect on many businesses across the UK, and in not least in Northern Ireland.
At the end of this month, the one year countdown to exiting the EU will get underway, and as we edge closer to 29th March 2019 more and more people will get increasingly nervous about the issues that matter most to them.
My observations in this article are in no way a negative judgment on the Brexit vote nor those who exercised their right to vote. However, for me, Brexit specifically relates to the issue of whether there is a ‘hard border’ or not. Currently, in my eyes, everything else is peripheral.
I was originally asked for a comment on Brexit for a magazine back in 2016 and since then we have run the gamut of emotions in terms of ‘will there’ or ‘won’t there’ be a tangible difference to the border status between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Two years later and I still hold the view that it will ultimately be down to the politicians to iron out a plan – and that businesses on both sides of the border do not need the added uncertainty or increased complexity that a hard border would bring.
As the Managing Director of DLRT, the secure printing specialist based in Lisburn, Co Antrim, I commute each day from my home in County Kildare across a seamless border without issue or delay. From a business perspective, the same is true for the products we deliver on a daily basis on behalf of customers back into the Republic of Ireland and the An Post mail system. I am sure this activity is mirrored across many thousands of organisations on both sides of the virtual border.
The idea that the future border may not be as fluid, smooth or frictionless as it has been for at least the last decade is a real concern. Whatever is put in its place needs to be technologically advanced enough to allow ease of movement of people, product and services capital, because there is no doubt that delays will result in loss of competitiveness and increased costs.
Customs controls will create delays whilst also leading to additional administration and bureaucracy. The potential for customs checks and tariffs for cross border activity could seriously affect many Northern Ireland-based businesses’ ability to be competitive in the Republic of Ireland and vice versa. We currently achieve additional savings for our customers in the Republic based on early presentation of product into the An Post network – and any delays at border checkpoints could see these evaporate.
At the moment what we do know is that the uncertainty caused by Brexit has created volatility in the currency markets, prompting many companies to rethink investment strategies, whilst we have also seen some high profile relocations. Business is built on certainty, positive sentiment and stable politics – and I believe avoiding a hard border is crucial to the future of many organisations across the entire island.
On a personal note it would also ruin a pleasant spin home.”
In July 2008, the UK and Irish governments announced their intent to resume controls over their common border and the Common Travel Area in general. Each proposed to introduce detailed passport control over travellers from the other state, where travel is by air or sea. However, the land border would be ‘lightly controlled’. In a joint statement, Jacqui Smith, the British Home Secretary, and Dermot Ahern, the Irish Justice Minister, said:
“It is crucial that our two countries work closely together to ensure our borders are stronger than ever. Both governments fully recognise the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland. Both governments reaffirm that they have no plans to introduce fixed controls on either side of the Irish land border.”
The Times reported that another consultation paper was to be published in the autumn of 2008 on whether people travelling between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom should be subject to further checks.
However, in 2011, the governments renewed the ‘de facto’ agreement.
Checkprint Praised For Innovation After Securing Nomination For Regional Award
The Hinckley-based company has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Science & Technology’ category ahead of the ceremony on 12th April after being nominated once again for a Leicester Mercury Business Award.
The award pays tribute to organisations that have excelled in the field of science and technology. Finalists have been selected and judged on the quality of their products and services, their dedication to sales performance, innovation and the sustainability of their business.
The judging panel was impressed by Checkprint’s commitment to developing new cheque fraud prevention products in light of the introduction of the new Image Clearing System (ICS), which came into force in October 2017.
Checkprint’s Hinckley site, whilst remaining a key print resource within the TALL Group, has also seen major investment in new IT equipment and infrastructure to support this new cheque imaging product line extension. The company has – through major contracts with several major banks – already provided over 5,000 cheque scanners into the new imaging market sector.
Martin Ruda, Group Managing Director, the TALL Group, said: “We have always been ready to invest in the development of exciting technology. These innovative new products and services, built on the expertise of Checkprint’s existing relationships with major financial institutions, are helping to drive future growth within the Hinckley site.”
The nomination follows success at last year’s event where the company received the Services Award after demonstrating strengths in service excellence, business growth, innovation, technology, training and personal development.
Tributes Paid To Founding Director Who Retires After 27 Years
Tributes have been paid to one of the founders of a Runcorn-based printing firm who has retired after 27 years with the organisation. Phil Long is looking forward to spending more time with his family after retiring from his role as Group Production Director at the TALL Group of Companies.
In 1990, Phil was one of the driving forces behind the creation of TALL Security Print, whose premises are located in Manor Court. Nine years later the company acquired Hinckley-based Checkprint to create the TALL Group, which later acquired the Northern Irish printing specialist DLRT Ltd in 2015. Phil spent almost three decades overseeing the production departments and a total of 50 years working within the print industry.
On his last day at the company, Phil, who lives in Urmston, was presented with a framed shirt from his favourite football team Manchester United, signed by former player Norman Whiteside.
Bill Lamb, Group Finance Director, The TALL Group of Companies, said: “Phil has been the driving force on the production side of our business since day one and he played a major role in the growth of the TALL Group. He oversaw the implementation of the latest printing equipment and played an instrumental role in the organisation achieving the ISO9001 standard. Over the last 27 years he has shown incredible levels of hard work and dedication, which has significantly contributed to the company’s ongoing success.”
Commenting on his retirement, Phil said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the TALL Group and the company remains in the safe hands of a very talented team. I’m looking forward to using my newly found freedom to travel the world and spend more time with my grandchildren.”
Following Phil’s retirement, Ed Starkey, who himself is enjoying his 26th year at the company, has been appointed Operations Director for the Runcorn operation. Ed, who lives in Widnes, joined TALL Security Print as a Small Offset Printer, where he supervised a single-colour printing press. Various promotions over the years saw Ed managing a range of larger machinery, including the multi-colour continuous web presses.