Standing TALL In Africa
Standing TALL in Africa. Global markets are set to play an even more significant role for a leading UK-based international security print company this year. TALL Security Print, part of the TALL Group of Companies, has this month printed its 700,000th Nigerian university degree certificate. As a recent recipient of the Queen’s Award for International Trade and a proud founding member of the Cheshire Commonwealth Association, the TALL Group’s specialist print arm is on course to further strengthen its operations in Africa. This year also marks 15 years of successful African commerce between the TALL Group and many institutions across the continent.
The new year has already seen a flurry of African client wins with the firm recommitting to supplying educational certificates to KNEC (Kenyan National Education Council) hosts of the 38th Association for Educational Assessment in Africa Conference taking place later in the year in Mombasa. Nigeria will continue to be one of the strongest markets for TALL Security Print in Africa this year, as the company supplies uniquely personalised educational certificates for Universities and Polytechnics throughout the country. One of the drivers behind the new growth in Africa is the much-envied fraud prevention features across the TALL printed product range.
Educational institutions in Somaliland and Malawi have become the latest clients of the TALL Group, whose UK-based staff team of 140 work hard to meet the global demand. Last year saw TALL Security Print sign contracts with 17 universities in Nigeria alone, highlighting its rapidly expanding portfolio in the continent. The first significant international export deal was signed in Nigeria in 2006 , which went on to spark the group’s export business that now operates in America, Africa, Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, providing secure solutions for cheque books, ballot papers, cheque scanners, university certificates and an innovative range of electronic payment systems.
In the same month that the group announced its growth in the African market, TALL has confirmed it has issued its 27th million ‘Births, Marriages and Deaths’ certificate for use in the Dominican Republic, fulfilling its longstanding and continuing contract.
The TALL Group now 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 leading print solutions company is also looking to scoop more awards this year, recently nominated for the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards, to add to an enviable trophy cabinet which includes the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
The TALL Group is proud to have two DIT Export Champions within the business with Bill Lamb, Group Finance Director based in TALL Security Print, Runcorn, a Northern Powerhouse Champion and Lynton Buxton, Group Marketing Manager based in Checkprint Limited, Hinckley, a Midlands Engine Export Champion. This reflects TALL’s desire to grow its export presence and share its export knowledge with those organisations just embarking on the export journey.
Send-A-Cheque™ Launched by TALL Group For Under-resourced Customers
Send-A-Cheque™ – As the country steels itself for another three weeks of COVID-19 lockdown, the TALL Group – TALL Security Print, Checkprint and DLRT – designated as ‘critical suppliers’ are all still working hard to fulfil customer requirements.
The challenge of generating payments from under-resourced, remotely-based and possibly disconnected entities, is being highlighted by many of TALL’s customers.
To help solve these payment problems, the TALL Group is making available its remote cheque issuance platform, Send-A-Cheque™, to any bona fide bank customer to prepare and distribute payment cheques on their behalf. The Send-A-Cheque™ service user has to simply supply payment details to TALL and within 48 hours a fully and securely infilled (and signed – by agreement) cheque will be posted back to the payer for distribution, or indeed mailed directly to the payee. A major time and resource saving proposition in the current difficult climate. As a further commitment to make this service as accessible as possible, the TALL Group will waive its set-up charges for new users, for at least the next two months (ends June 2020).
The Send-A-Cheque™ service sits alongside the other Business Process Outsourcing activities offered by the Group including its secure Send-A-Payment™ service for Bacs and Faster Payments; accredited print bureau for regular or ad-hoc uses; business cheque & credit services and an Auto-Replenishment facility providing a multi-location cheque and credit stock control system that automatically manages customer’s stock across a number of their locations through secure data connections.
Martin Ruda, TALL Group Managing Director, applauds the dedication of the Group’s staff and their willingness to ‘go-the-extra-mile’ for their customers during the lockdown. He added, “Across our sites we have had to make changes to enable us to operate under strict Government guidelines, but these changes have brought about a strong desire to help satisfy the immediate problems being experienced by our customers. Where we can provide extra resource to organisations through our Business Process Outsourcing services, and in particular our Send-A-Cheque™ facility, we will endeavour to act on their behalf to ensure that they can enjoy business-as-normal support over the coming months. We are all in this together and by stepping in to assist our customers, we can get through this difficult time”.
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High Sheriff’s Award for Cheshire Business
TALL Security Print is delighted to have won this High Sheriff’s Award for Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year award particularly against the background of the current COVID-19 crisis. With millions of printed documents shipped worldwide, the name TALL is synonymous with quality and security. Even now, our customers across the globe rely on the output from TALL Security Print at Runcorn and this award recognises the continuing dedication of all the staff in satisfying those needs. Well done all concerned on this achievement!
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Government Departments, Electoral Commissions, Universities and Banks across Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean provide a list of customer references. These include ballot papers and voting lists for National and Regional Elections, Treasury documents and certificates, cheques , drafts and dividend warrants, and a wide range of fully personalised and highly secure degree certificates for many prestigious international universities.
TALL Security Print has well established local representatives in many international markets, and regularly hosts inward visits to view design and production facilities. Where customers require an on-site meeting, both our local and UK experts are available to provide advice and quotations.
It is this level of export activity that has allowed TALL Security Print to be successful in winning several export awards. The High Sheriff’s Award for Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year 2020 is a welcome accolade.