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TALL Security Print Secures Leading ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard Again!

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TALL Security Print, part of The TALL Group of Companies, the UK leader in the provision of secure paper and electronic payment solutions, has successfully been re-accredited to the ISO 9001 standard. The Runcorn-based printing specialist achieved the certification that praises the efficiency of its Quality Management Systems.

To achieve certification the approved auditors carried out numerous assessments into the companies robust, efficient and effective quality management systems, which underpin its daily operational and business activities all remotely due to current Covid-19 requirements.

Debbie Dowler, Quality and Compliance Director, TALL Security Print Ltd, said: “We are extremely proud to have successfully achieved the ISO 9001 standard once again, which enables us to continue to provide a first-class product and service to our customers.”

The TALL Group also holds a wide variety of other leading accreditations, including Cyber Essentials PLUS, Investors in People, ISO 27001 Security Management Standard and the IS0 14001 Environmental Management Standard.

Each founded over 25 years ago, TALL Security Print LtdCheckprint Ltd and DLRT Ltd together form the TALL Group of Companies. Based in Runcorn (Cheshire), Hinckley (Leicestershire) and Lisburn (Northern Ireland) respectively, the Group employs over 150 people dedicated to quality secure print and payments solutions.

Overseas Visitors to Runcorn Despite Having to Quarantine

E-Verification Platform
New Certificate E-Verification Platform

TALL Security Print, part of the TALL Group of Companies, based in Runcorn, had some special overseas visitors this week having flown in and quarantined (in line with Covid-19 Guidelines) from Kwara State Polytechnic in Nigeria.

The guests had come to learn more about and see the secure certificate print services offered by TALL and the newly launched digitised university degree certificate platform which provides e-verification for TALL’s University clients in Africa.

Using TCS iON’s Digital Records Solution, TALL provide secure encryption technologies and an easy access portal to offer an on-demand digital verification process, the issue or re-issue of certificates, and ensure strict data security and integrity. This enables the Universities to smoothly manage the end-to-end certificate issuance process, and ensure fraudulent alterations or counterfeit documents are identified and trapped at source.

Martin Ruda, Group Managing Director of the TALL Group of Companies, said, “We would like to thank Engr. Jimoh Muhammed ABDUL, Rector and Mr Olusheye Kolawole AKANDE, Registrar from Kwara State Polytechnic for taking the time to travel to Runcorn, including the enforced quarantine period, during a global pandemic – which is by no means an easy task!  There is unfortunately an all-too-common issue of fake or fraudulently altered degree certificates and qualifications being submitted to organisations which can lead to serious reputational damage to the issuing institution.  As a result, many educational institutions are now approaching TALL Security Print because we have established an internationally renowned expertise in secure print solutions in this market for three decades.”

TALL already supply a number of African education institutions across the continent and several of these are planning visits to see the secure print facility over the coming months. TALL will be hosting these visits and looking forward to more overseas visitors as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Phil Burnell To Retire After 26 Years Dedicated Service

Phil Burnell to retire after 26 years dedicated service. Here with Brian Carney (left)

Loyal and hardworking employee from Runcorn, Phil Burnell is sadly retiring from his role of Estimator / Paper Buyer at TALL Security Print, part of the TALL group of companies, after 26 years of dedicated service.

Phil joined TALL Security Print in 1995.  He was initially employed as a Litho-Printer before successfully applying for the position of Print Buyer and Estimator.  In addition, he later took on the role of Paper Buyer.  Phil trained as a Litho-Printer after leaving school and has spent his career working within the printing industry.

 Phil comments: “It’s been a really big decision to retire from TALL Security Print.  I’ve been part of the team for such a long time and it has been hugely satisfying meeting the specific demands that arise within the export business. The tight delivery schedules required for producing ballot papers can be daunting but the team at TALL have always risen to the challenge.  I’ll miss the camaraderie and teamwork and wish them all lots of luck.”

 In his retirement Phil will enjoy playing squash and snooker, watching sport (mostly his beloved Liverpool Football Club) and reading a good book.

Brian Carney, Commercial Director, at TALL Security Print said, “It is always difficult when someone leaves who has been part of the fabric of the company for so long. The support and friendship that Phil gave to all in the company will be sadly missed.”

 Martin Ruda, Group Managing Director of the TALL Group of Companies, said, “Phil is a well-respected and valued member of the team at TALL Security Print and will be very much missed by colleagues here in Runcorn and across the business. His work ethic and ability to meet deadlines under pressure ensured that we consistently surpassed our customers’ expectations.  We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

A Sad Farewell For Carol After 26 Years at Checkprint

Carol Burke

Loyal and much-loved employee from Hinckley, Carol Burke is sadly retiring from her role of Senior Customer Service Representative at Checkprint – part of the TALL group of companies, after 26 years of dedicated service.

Carol, joined Checkprint in 1994 and has held a number of customer service roles most recently providing invaluable support to the Key Account Managers.  Throughout her time at the company, she has demonstrated an unswerving commitment to providing a first-class customer experience.

A socially distanced celebration was held for Carol with a Christmas theme where she was presented with a book about her Checkprint journey in a ‘This is Your Life’ style.  In her retirement she plans to spend time with her husband and grandchildren, and continue to make cakes for her ‘Checkprint second family’.  She will also be available to offer continued support to the company if required.

Nicky Dunn, Customer Service Manager at Checkprint, said: “Carol’s retirement will leave a sad hole in all of our lives.  She has demonstrated fantastic dedication to Checkprint and always prioritised our customers throughout her career.  As the ‘Office Mum’ she will be greatly missed by all the team.  We wish Carol lots of luck for the future.”

Martin Ruda, TALL Group Managing Director added, “Carol has been an exemplary team member for all these years, and the business would not have been what it is today without her. We wish her a very happy retirement.”

DLRT Prioritises The Protection Of Its Customers’ Data By Securing The Leading Security Management Standard

ISO 27001 standard

DLRT, part of The TALL Group of Companies, the UK leader in the provision of secure paper and electronic payment solutions, has successfully been re-accredited to the ISO 27001 standard. The Lisburn-based printing specialist achieved the international standard that helps organisations manage their information security processes in line with best practice.

The ISO 27001 standard is a consistent and centrally controlled management system standard for protecting information and reducing threats to all business processes through effective monitoring and control of IT security risks.

Obtaining this certification involves the auditing and evaluation of a variety of internal processes, from information security guidelines, asset management, staff security and access control to systems maintenance, compliance, and cryptography. With this certification, DLRT ensures compliance with the international standards of the industry, assuring the best practices for information security controls are in place.

DLRT has held the ISO 27001 Information Security Management Standard (ISMS) for 14 years – since 2007 and also holds the Quality Management certification ISO 9001, which also has recently been reaccredited.   The TALL Group also holds a wide variety of other leading accreditations, including Cyber Essentials PLUS, Investors in People and the IS0 14001 Environmental Management Standard.

Peter Thomas, Managing Director of DLRT, said: “We are extremely proud to have once again been awarded the ISO 27001 standard in recognition of our continued commitment to protect our customers highly valued data.  Data is now the oil that ensures business gets done, it’s ever increasing value to so many of today’s businesses is why such accreditations are key to underpinning existing internal structures and process and most importantly our culture which consistently delivers a quality proposition for our customers.

“Our auditors, Certification Europe, who performed the audit remotely again due to COVID-19 restrictions, were also joined on this occasion by a UKAS assessor who monitored the audit throughout the whole day”

“Our staff were tremendous during the audit day, and perhaps more importantly, their continual maintenance of the ISMS and Quality Standard on a daily basis, proves vital in the ongoing success at both these audits and for our customers’ satisfaction.”

EVENT: Connecting your business with the Commonwealth

connecting your business - Cheshire Commonwealth Association

The Cheshire Commonwealth Association is delighted to bring you our first live virtual event of 2021 with the theme of Connecting your Business with the Commonwealth. Our panel will discuss the wide variety of means and methods for Cheshire businesses to explore the opportunities in exporting to the Commonwealth. We are joined by some illustrious guests from Cheshire and members of the Commonwealth from around the globe.

Agenda

  • 09.30am Welcome – David Briggs, CVO, MBE, KStJ, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire and Patron, Cheshire Commonwealth Association
  • 09.40am “Commonwealth Talks” – Gyles Brandreth, Writer, Broadcaster, Actor, Chancellor for the University of Chester and Ambassador for The Royal Commonwealth Society
  • 10.10am Keith Scott, British High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea
  • 10.40am Gavin Hepburn, Managing Director, ATG Access and Northern Powerhouse Export Champion
  • 10.55am BREAK
  • 11.10am “Tackling Climate Change: The role of industrial decarbonisation” – Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director of the Thornton Energy Research Institute at the University of Chester
  • 11.35am “Building a network for Commonwealth business” – David Maisey, OBE, DL, Chief Executive of ICC Solutions and Chair, Cheshire Commonwealth Association
  • 11.45am “A South African view – links across Commonwealth countries, and trade and investment opportunities” – Marc Jürgens, Counsellor for Multilateral Affairs, South African High Commission
  • 12.10pm “Rebuilding our Commonwealth trading ties – old friends, new (and significant) opportunities” – Baroness Fairhead, former Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion
  • 12.35pm “Why you should grow your business in the Commonwealth Caribbean” – Darren Henry, MP, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Caribbean
  • 1.00pm Closing remarks – David Briggs, CVO, MBE, KStJ, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire and Patron, Cheshire Commonwealth Association

Please email info@cheshirecommonwealth.org.uk if you have any queries regarding this Cheshire Commonwealth Association: Connecting Your Business event.


TALL Group Launches Solution To Help Prevent Certificate Fraud For African Universities

Certificate E-verification

The TALL Group, the UK leader in the provision of secure paper and electronic payment solutions has partnered with TCS iON to launch a digitised university degree certificate platform to provide e-verification for TALL’s University clients in Africa. It is designed to help address the issue of fake or fraudulently altered degree certificates and qualifications which can lead to serious reputational damage.

Using TCS iON’s Digital Records Solution, secure encryption technologies and an easy access portal provide on-demand digital verification processes, issue certificates, and ensure strict data security and integrity. This enables the Universities to smoothly manage the end-to-end certificate issuance process, and ensure fraudulent alterations or counterfeit documents are identified and trapped at source.

Martin Ruda, Group Managing Director of the TALL Group of Companies, said: “This announcement further underpins the TALL Group’s investment in our digitised platforms, enabling the organisation’s strengths in data management and security, and the alignment of secure print output with high value, web-based data driven services. This new solution will add further value to our existing services to Universities and other Awarding Bodies in the region.”

Satya Samantasinghar, Business Development Manager, TCS iON said, “With TALL’s experience and coverage of the African market, backed by our technology, this platform will provide significant opportunities for growth. Our extensive use of these applications in other parts of the world provides background knowledge and valuable insights into the integration of these platforms enabling us to support the digital journey of Universities.”

The commitment to innovation by the TALL Group, in delivering highly secure and world class print solutions and services, has encouraged organisations around the globe to rely on the company. A committed workforce in the UK provides a wide range of secure documents, including educational certificates, to a broad selection of educational establishments across Africa.

The TALL Group, a Queen’s Award for Enterprise winner for international trade, is an authorised technology partner of TCS iON, a strategic unit of Tata Consulting Services (TCS). This technology partnership not only enhances the coverage of TCS iON Digital Records Platform across a range of geographies, but also TCS iON’s extensive experience in the education and assessment segment provides strength to TALL Group’s evaluation and identification products.

For more information on TALL’s online certificate verification platform, see https://tallgroup.co.uk/certificate-e-verification-platform/

UK Business Has Proven Solution For Planned Vaccination Passport

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Universal Vaccination Passport solution

Any Universal Vaccination Passport solution will need to have both a digital and physical element or it will not be fully accessible according to Martin Ruda, Group MD at the TALL Group of Companies. His warnings follow the announcement of a number of trials of domestic and international digital solutions which are mainly focussed on proprietary apps and smart phone technology.

Martin explains: “The key to having a Universal Passport Solution is that is can be used by everyone, everywhere. Existing solutions being put forward all rely on countries having digitised medical records, which many do not, and require the vaccine certificate to be accessed on a smart phone that not everyone has. Little thought has gone into having a secure physical document beyond the use of a QR code which will work equally well, if robustly encrypted, on a secure document as well as a mobile phone screen.”

“A successful solution will need to provide secure connectivity to a tangible, and universally accepted, document that is verified against the core authorities’ data, in our case the NHS.”

His comments come as concerns are being raised in Israel, who has almost completed its vaccination programme, about the ease of getting a forged vaccine certificate. According to media reports a black market for counterfeit vaccination certificate is already thriving on Telegram, where more than 100,000 users have joined groups that offer the forgeries at a price. 

However, Martin is confident that the technology needed for a strong physical solution for this already exists.

“Concerns around fraudulent documentation in developing countries is commonplace, one example being the risks perceived around the forging and counterfeiting of ballot papers in national and local elections. Our secure printing solutions support the requirements of the Ugandan government to address this, and closer to home the use of encrypted QR codes protect the UK’s cheque payments industry in its move from paper to digital cheque clearing. This technology can readily be used to create a small physical vaccine passport that immutably supports and integrates with a digital solution which we have the capability to deliver.

“Our strategic partnership with Digital Cognate has helped us solve the issues regarding interoperability, integration and absolute trust in the digital source, as a result we are hoping to get a place at the table to discuss this with UK government and urge them not to try and reinvent the wheel. We have developed the necessary technology and it is tried and tested!”

TALL Group Achieves Leading Security Management Standard

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The TALL Group of Companies, the UK leader in the provision of secure paper and electronic payment solutions, has successfully been re-accredited to the ISO 27001 standard. The company secured the international leading security management standard outlining best practices for information security management systems following a five-day intensive audit completed remotely by NQA.

The company has held the ISO 27001 Information Security Management Standard (ISMS) for 15 years.  The audit, held across TALL’s Runcorn and Hinckley sites, involved daily calls, interviews, sharing of policies, procedures and evidence of compliance.

Debbie Dowler, Quality & Compliance Director, said: ” As regulations and standards to protect our customers data increase, and cyberattacks become ever more sophisticated, the TALL Group faces growing complexity in keeping sensitive client information secure. Our ISO27001 accreditation ensures that we meet the highest level of information security management in protecting client data.”

Martin Ruda, Group Managing Director of the TALL Group of Companies, said: “Receiving the ISO 27001 certification is a significant accomplishment, which is thanks to all our committed staff across both sites who worked tirelessly to maintain our excellent standards.  This certification is the latest milestone in our information security roadmap to continuously demonstrate our commitment to data security, best security practice and risk management for our customers.”

The TALL Group also holds a wide variety of other leading accreditations, including Cyber Essentials PLUS, Investors in People, the ISO9001 Quality and IS014001 Environmental Management Standards.

Leading Law Firm Signs Up to UCN Plus®

Leading law firm signs up to UCN Plus® Solution

Multiple award-winning leading law firm Bott and Co has been one of the first to sign up to a bespoke ‘image survivable feature’ cheque solution created by the TALL Group of Companies.

The UCN Plus® is an image survivable feature (ISF) solution consisting of an encrypted QR (Quick Response) code printed on the face of the cheque, providing a participating bank and its cheque-issuing corporate/SME customers with a robust and comprehensive cheque fraud prevention device which fully survives the cheque imaging process now used in the UK’s cheque clearing system.

Cheque fraud is an ongoing threat and operates in a number of ways with serious consequences for both the issuer and recipient of the fraudulent cheque. There are three main types of cheque fraud – Counterfeit, Forgery and Fraudulently Altered – that can result in a fraudster paying you for goods or services using a stolen or forged cheque; or depositing a fraudulent altered or stolen cheque into your account; or stealing individual cheques or a cheque book from you.

The TALL Group’s patented UCN Plus® ISF covers all codeline and variable data, including payee name, amount and date from the printed cheque, making it an extremely secure fraud prevention device.

Martin Ruda, Group Managing Director, The TALL Group of Companies, said: “It’s really positive to see established leading law firms like Bott and Co taking full advantage of the UCN Plus® Solution to fight against cheque fraud, considering the high value of some transactions undertaken. It’s a simple and comprehensive package, comprising cheque printing software, hardware, installation services and a supply of cheque stock to assist customers of participating banks who want to infill their own corporate cheques in-house. The solution provides an ideal way of meeting recommended bank cheque fraud prevention measures by the addition of an ISF. As more and more of the UK clearing banks are making this a requirement then the UCN Plus® offers additional security above and beyond the simple UCN providing additional protection particularly on higher value transactions.”

The UCN Plus® solution also includes software and hardware support to maintain cheque fraud effectiveness during its use.

Bott and Co is a multiple award-winning No Win No Fee solicitors based in Wilmslow, Cheshire, with specialist expertise in flight delay compensation, road traffic accident claims and specialist consumer claims.

Gary Froggatt, Finance Director at Bott & Co said that working together with their bank and TALL, they had been able to produce a corporate cheque design that included the UCN Plus®. “We see this as a major deterrent against fraudulent cheque transactions moving forward”, he added.

For more information on the solution visit UCN Plus® Solution.

TALL Security Print Supplies Ballot Papers for Uganda Elections

Uganda elections

The Electoral Commission of Uganda has appointed TALL Security Print, part of the TALL Group of Companies, to provide Ballot Paper requirements for the Ugandan elections taking place this week.

Printed through the run up to Christmas and the New Year, TALL Security Print was responsible for managing the process in the UK from the Ugandan Origination Department through to completion and delivery of the Ballot Papers which were made into books and securely shipped to Uganda.  In total over 14,000 candidate details were included on the ballots for the Uganda elections.

Martin Ruda, Group Managing Director, TALL Group of Companies, said, “The printing of ballot papers requires a high degree of technical competence.  We have developed reliable processes to fulfil high volume orders for these elections requiring an extremely fast turnaround. This was a complex order as the papers again included an image of the election candidates.”

“The whole team at our Runcorn site, from origination, through print to the shipping department come together in a concerted effort to fulfil these ballot paper requirements. The task made even harder operating under COVID-19 restrictions where we had to provide separate COVID secure facilities for the delegation visiting from Uganda to oversee our preparations and print of the ballot documents. As always, we are proud of our contribution to this African nation’s election.”

Ballot papers are one of the highest volume items of election materials produced for an election – and arguably the most important one. It is essential that the overall design and layout of the ballot paper is easy to use so that it can be clearly understood by all voters, and subsequently accurately processed by ballot counting staff as it is the form that translates voters’ candidate choice into their vote.

Over the past 16 years TALL Security Print has been responsible for producing millions of election ballot papers around the world and in the UK, working to critical deadlines and providing high levels of security. 

25 Year Dedication of Checkprint Employee

25 year dedication by Wayne Carlisle

The dedication of Wayne Carlisle from Checkprint, part of the TALL Group of Companies based in Hinckley, was celebrated this week as he completed 25 years’ service with an astounding ‘no sick days’ for the entire duration!

Wayne joined the company back in 1995 – at a time when John Major was Prime Minister and Oasis was at number one with Wonder Wall.  After spending nine years in the army, Wayne has worked his way up from maintenance engineer, to IT Manager and is now IT Director responsible for a team of 20. 

Martin Ruda, Managing Director at the TALL Group of Companies, said: “ We value the experience of long-serving employees and know that this, along with their dedication, is the secret to our success. Wayne has been responsible for the delivery of high quality software solutions such as our Checkprint Solution, Bureau Services, and the patented fraud prevention tool ‘UCN Plus®’ to our customers.  It is a great pleasure to recognise staff for their dedication and I would like to congratulate him for all his hard work over the years. On a personal note, and mindful of Wayne’s services background, if ever one were in the trenches, Wayne is the man you would want next to you.”

Reflecting on the last 25 years, Wayne Carlisle, said: “I take great pride in my work and what I’ve accomplished. One of the highlights of the 25 years was when the company won the Queens Award for Innovation and I got to actually chat with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. I love to be hands-on and explore new challenges.  I’ve been fortunate to have travelled the world with my job at Checkprint  from France and Germany to Nigeria, Zanzibar and even LA and I’ve never had a day off sick. Long may it continue!”

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