Who Are Pitney Bowes?

Pitney Bowes is a market leader for smart technology franking machines and companion mailroom equipment. Improve efficiency and cost effectiveness with their franking machines, letter inserters and openers.

Franking machine suppliers like the highly regarded IMS Franking are proud to work with Pitney Bowes, a firm with over 90 years of innovation and experience and a customer base of over 1.5 million small businesses. Pitney Bowes franking machines can positively impact on your business.

Royal Mail has stipulated that all new franking machine hires and purchases must be of smart franking machines. The Pitney Bowes franking machine range achieves excellent service levels, improves overheads and features cutting edge technology.

The flexibility to take franking machine hire or make an outright purchase means that companies can find a smart franking machine solution which works perfectly for them, operationally and financially.

Many customers choose to enjoy franking machine hire because it allows them to budget more effectively. A purchase means an over £1000 outlay but the long-term costs tend to be less overall than with hire.


Franked mail is treated as business mail rather than personal mail which normally equates to swifter service.

Stamps offer the lowest level of technology and the highest cost; Mailmark compliant Pitney Bowes franking machines feature mail tracking capabilities with 2D barcodes, outstanding reporting tools and dashboard management at the best franking tariff.

Current prices:

1st class stamp: 65p

1st class standard franking: 57p

1st class Mailmark franking: 55p

Stamps can be torn and wasted, this is impossible with Pitney Bowes franking machines, the exact price is guaranteed for every item and good luck tearing a franking machine!

  • Utilise Royal Mail accredited tools.
  • Receive assistance swiftly from the franking machine suppliers.
  • Smart franking machines calculate costs and VAT for you.
  • Smart franking machines permit VAT reclaim benefits.
  • Parcels, special delivery and sign on delivery items are handled at the business premises.
  • Mail is sorted by postal service and size in to packets or bags.  
  • A professional image is presented on all mail items.
  • Business mail services eligibility for high volume customers.
  • Free marketing and unique messages on labels produced by smart franking machines.

Three franking machine Pitney Bowes options:

Sendpro 1500 for medium use:

  • Processes up to 120 items per minute.
  • 10.2” Colour touchscreen operation.
  • Weigh on the way.
  • Mailmark compliant.
  • 7kg weighing platform with 35kg optional.  
  • 1200 dpi print quality.
  • 50 cost centres, 3000 optional.
  • Online account management.

Sendpro 1000 for medium-high volumes:

  • Processes up to 180 items per minute.
  • 15” Colour touchscreen operation.
  • Mailmark compliant smart franking machine.
  • 7kg weighing platform with 35kg optional.  
  • Colour printing – excellent for marketing.
  • 1200 dpi colour printing.
  • 1000 cost centres, 3000 optional.
  • Online account management.

SendPro 3000 for high volumes:

  • Processes up to 310 items per minute.
  • 15” Colour touchscreen operation.
  • Weigh on the way.
  • Dimensions on the way.
  • 7kg weighing platform with 35kg optional.  
  • Colour printing – excellent for marketing.
  • 1200 dpi print quality.
  • 1000 cost centres, 3000 optional.
  • Online account management.

Contact franking machine suppliers, IMS Franking for example, for more information.

How Pitney Bowes Mailroom Equipment Benefits Users

Pitney Bowes has been a leading name in mailroom equipment for over 90 years so when hiring or purchasing their devices, whether it’s a franking machine, letter inserter or opener, customers enjoy a superior level of efficiency and value for money.

Each day the cost reductions and time savings mount up to deliver a noticeably positive effect on resources, task achievement and in the overheads column. This is as true with SME’s that send 5-10 items of mail per day as it is with multi-site corporations with substantial post loads.

Over £70 million has been invested by Royal Mail in the enhancement of smart technology operations. It’s fair to say that if Royal Mail could avoid the cost of stamp print runs they would. They keenly advocate investment in smart franking machines, offering incentives including VAT reclaim opportunities and via their Mailmark scheme, the lowest franked mail pricing tariff with the optimum reporting tools, 2D readable barcodes and online dashboard management.

Pitney Bowes, with leading franking machines suppliers like IMS Franking, appreciate that pressure on budgets and time means that smart franking machines and other mailroom equipment must represent the best solutions for business users.  The firms comprehend exactly what the customer needs from them.  

Taking a lease agreement with franking machines suppliers is the more popular option with clients because it boasts the convenience of spreading the cost of the machine hire across the year rather than making a one-off purchase of normally £1000 or more.

If you lease a Pitney Bowes franking machine at £19.99 per month, this costs less than £240 per annum.  A Mailmark eligible machine permits the lowest pricing available and there is a substantial saving when compared to stamps. For example, a 1st class small letter stamp currently costs 65 pence, with Mailmark it’s just 55 pence.

High volume users could also be eligible for Business Mail, a licensed Royal Mail service which rewards the customer for accuracy. The easier that the mail is for them to process, so correct address and postcode and sorted, the greater the discount possible up to 20%.

Consumables like franking labels and ink and credit top-ups are managed via an online account, 24/7. Franking machines suppliers frequently stipulate that when a lease of a Pitney Bowes franking machine is chosen that all consumables must be purchased through them so that only the optimum standard products are used.  Think of it as a one-stop shop.

SendPro 1000 for medium-high volumes:

  • Processes up to 180 items/minute.
  • 15” Colour touchscreen operation.
  • Mailmark compliant Pitney Bowes smart franking machine.
  • 7kg weighing platform with 35kg optional.  
  • 1200 dpi colour printing.
  • 1000 cost centres, 3000 optional.
  • Online account management.

 Relay 5000 letter inserter:

  • Up to 4000 items per hour.
  • Accuracy and security optimisation.
  • C, Z, double and no fold options.
  • Envelope hopper capacity – 250.
  • Standard sheet capacity – 350.

Pitney Bowes franking machines are in use in over 1.5 million small businesses; become one of them, speak to franking machines suppliers today.  

Bird proofing your produce

Your vegetable patch or allotment is potentially a 5* restaurant to the neighbourhood bird population. From seed to harvest time, they appreciate a great opportunity when they happen upon it. When one or two birds enjoy tasty fayre, they tell their friends and soon after your hard work and pride and joy produce could be decimated as frustration and health and safety risks elevate.

Bird control companies have a range of sophisticated, practical, cost effective and efficient bird proofing measures at their disposal. Fight back; take advantage of bird control services so unwelcome guests can’t dine from your patch and foul on it to cause risks to human health.

Don’t worry. The birds don’t get hurt, just discouraged.

The current Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 under General Licence states that pest birds can be dealt with, depending on the species and time of year, when one or more of these reasons applies:

  • To preserve public health and /or safety.
  • To preserve air safety.
  • To prevent serious damage or spread of disease.
  • To conserve wild birds.

What are your options?

The first step is to accept that DIY bird control efforts can be time and resource consuming and yield negligible results. Call professional and experienced quick response experts like the team at Apex Environmental Services so that they can carry out a survey, recommend bird proofing products and arrange installation. It’s as easy as that; and you didn’t compromise your health and safety. Perfect.

Their team covers Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Avon, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Anti-bird netting and anti-bird mesh systems

In many cases anti-bird netting is an ideal solution because it can cope with small to impressive sized bird infestations.

Bird control services professionals recommend this as a humane approach to halt the progress of birds into open areas. The netting provides a shield which encourages the birds away from your crops.

Anti-bird netting is often comprised of a perimeter framework cable which is fastened in place using fixings at regular intervals. The cables are made taut when the net has been secured to the perimeter.

Anti-bird netting comes in different gauges. For example, Apex Environmental Services uses 19mm, 50mm and 75mm gauge dependent on the species of bird being tackled. Product colours vary but black, stone and translucent netting are perceived as the standards.

Anti-bird mesh systems are strong and self-supporting. They are suitable for any severity of bird infestation and provide an effective solution in areas which require humane bird proofing but are considered at risk from vandalism or damage which means anti-bird netting is not a viable option.

Anti-bird mesh systems can be clamped for simple removal or securely fastened in position. This method repels birds and human pests, even if your plot is larger, overlooked, reachable or accessible from busy paths or roads.

A range of colours is available, and the materials are rust proof for aesthetic and functional appeal.

Please contact a professional bird control company today to discuss your produce bird proofing options. You’ll be delighted with the results.

Your New Custom-Built Home

Many people are in the market for a new home, but after shopping in every new subdivision, they haven’t found a home the fits their tastes. Maybe the homes layout is wrong. It has two floors when the family would prefer everything be on one floor. Perhaps the lot is too small, when a pool and an area to play football is desired. In situations like this, where you simply can’t find what you are looking for, it’s time to consider a custom home builder Blacksburg VA. With a custom home, you can find the perfect lot and then build the perfect home, so that you get exactly what you want.

The Benefit of Building a Custom Home

The most obvious benefit is that you get the home size and layout you want. You also can select the grade of finishes you desire for your home. Some home owners will cut back on costs by lowering the quality of carpeting or wood flooring or eliminate the placement of molding in a room. With a custom home, you have the option of maintaining a quality level that suits your tastes.

Choose Your Home’s Details

There are so many factors to consider when building a home. It’s size, the direction of the windows and doors. If you live in a very hot climate, you may prefer large windows facing north so that you can get the early cooler sun’s rays, while if you live in a colder climate, you might enjoy the sun more if it streamed through your windows from mid-day into the early evening. You can choose the orientation of your home when it is custom built. The sun’s rays may also dictate how large your windows will be as this may help control the costs of heating and cooling in your home. Again, these factors can be discussed with the architect that’s custom building your home.

Determine How You Want to Heat and Cool Your Home

As a custom home builder, you will have more control over the efficient use of energy by home. Skylights, windows, insulation, roofing, exterior building materials in addition to your HVAC all affect your heating and cooling bills. Have a discussion before you start building to determine ways that would make your home a more efficient user of energy. You may simply need a top of the line HVAC system, if you do factor in the costs into the total cost of your custom home.

Construction Timeline for Building a Custom Home

Buying Land-depends on market
• Analyzing Site – 2 to 4 weeks
• Designing the Home – 4 to 8 weeks
• Processing Paperwork – 2 to 3 weeks
• Loan Application – 8 to 12 weeks
• Building Permit – 1 to 2 weeks
• Order and get Supplies Delivered – 8 to 12 weeks
• Site Work – 2 to 4 weeks
• Foundation & Sub-floor – 3 to 4 weeks
• Remaining Construction (initial electrical and plumbing, exterior framing, roof/siding, interior framing, rough-in plumbing and electrical, heating and cooling, drywall and insulation and window install – 14 to 27 weeks
• Finishing: interior paint, install cabinets and countertops, finish flooring, interior doors and trim, install appliances, finish plumbing – 13 to 22 weeks

When your custom home is finished, you will have decades to enjoy it with your family. It will be exactly what you want and need, fulfilling your dreams. When the landscaping is complete, you’ll be able to take a deep breath and truly enjoy ‘HOME’.

Decisions to Make When Considering an Industrial Steam Boiler Manufacture

In the early 1900s, the concept of steam generation by the use of steam boilers has helped shape and change our society. Manufacturers of steam boiler technology has helped our society to progress. Steam boilers units use an industrial process that can be obtained through the use of unfired waste heat boilers or fired heat boilers. There are many industrial steam boiler manufacturers that produce these industrial wonders, however there are certain manufacturers that separate themselves by offering a unique differential that provides a competitive edge over others. Some offer and edge over the competition by offering options such as a special way of controlling the circulation of the boiler unit. Take for example a counter flow design. By using a counter flow circulation design, it offers the purchaser many operational competitive edge benefits and advantages over those manufacturers who sell conventional boiler units. There are manufacturers who take this unique technology and combine it to modern technical control systems that helped to yield high-efficiency results that rank high in today’s high-efficiency energy market standards.

What Manufacture Should You Pick?

If you are in the industry searching for a manufacturer who produce a boiler unit to serve your steam generating needs. You need to consider various factors to help you with making that final decision. Some of the factors that you need to take into consideration for the decision-making process are the location of the manufacturer. Is the manufacturer located in areas that can suit your needs and if they are not located in the area that is near you, can they deliver the product to you at or near the cost other manufacturers charge to deliver the product to you. Can they reach you via direct sales and if so, do they have the necessary support centers and locations that are near you to accommodate you? In addition, if the manufacturer is operating with distributors, are these distributors train enough to deal with anything that’s associated with the unit that you might buy. Further, is the manufacturer a leader in the industry and can they provide a compact steam generating system that is highly efficient, reliable and has technology that is advanced enough, that whatever you purchase will not be obsolete in a year or two. Also, it is important that no matter what company you choose, they should have a staff that is knowledgeable and able to meet your steam generating needs.

Design Aspects To Consider

Some design aspects that you might want to consider when making the decision to purchase a steam generator are, a steel helical coil heat exchanger that’s used by the water to boiler, once-through and the use of forced-flow. In addition, does the steam generator have a mechanical steam separator, does it contain a helical coil exchanger and does the unit have a positive displacement feed-water pump. Further, make sure the unit that you buy adheres to any strict emission requirements that are enforced, are the fuel control systems servo-activated and does it even contain a PLC microprocessor control system.

How Is The Customer Service?

No matter where you are in the world, does the company have the customer service that can support your needs and is it 24 hours a day. Also, is it a full service customer service organization, meaning can they offer you various avenues for problem resolutions. Can they quickly check the status of your order and can they correctly order parts for you and do the technicians have the right parts to fulfill a service call just in case there is an emergency or to fulfill normal needs. It would also be nice to have access to an inspection and maintenance agreements that are custom designed to be preventive in nature.

FSTVL 2017

The FSTVL 2017 music event is taking place on the 27th and 28th May 2017 and promises to be an energising mix of UK and worldwide electronic music with exceptional headliners.

The event is in its 5th year and is situated in the Airfield of Dreams in Upminster near to London.

For ease of reference the airfield is known locally as the Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome so you may get some funny looks if you ask someone who isn’t festival wise where the Airfield of Dreams is.

Since the first festival the event has grown and visitors can expect high production values, state of the art technology and sound quality.

They run shuttle buses from the local station to the festival ground for convenience. FSTVL has proven to be immensely popular for hen nights in past years.

As the organisers state on their website at FSTVL expect “unapologetic raving.”

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Revellers can camp near the airfield and if you need to ensure that the food and drinks that you are taking on to the festival ground are consumable without fear of food poisoning then please choose a mobile fridge.

It’s worth planning ahead so that you can optimise event enjoyment. The alternative option is to stay in a hotel but that’s not really a preference for enthusiastic festival goers or dancing hens on their big night out, is it?

There will be food and drink and ATM’s at the festival ground and if you are one of the lucky food vendors who will be feeding the hungry ravers then please don’t forget that you need to meet Food Standards Agency and health and safety requirements so you’ll need refrigeration and perhaps freezer facilities for stock storage, whether it’s burgers, salad stuff, dairy or ready to eat meats.

The ideal business solution when you’re positioned in the middle of a festival ground is to invest in fridge trailer rental and freezer trailer hire.

This proves to be cost effective and offers peace of mind.

As all stock is being treated in line with legislation there should be a hugely diminished risk of customer complaints or worse, illness.

Most firms, including the highly esteemed Icecool Trailers in Newbury deliver the fridge trailer rental or freezer trailer hire unit to the required destination and position it on the festival ground.

The equipment is set up for the client and left in full working order. The units are fully maintained so you should receive excellent facilities.

Their delivery and installation work takes a lot of stress and additional work from you, firms appreciate that you are busy. They’re happy to help.

You use the facilities for the festival and the firm will collect the mobile fridge or freezer and return it to the depot leaving you to get on with your day.

The obvious benefit is that petrol and transportation costs are not incurred by the user.

FSTVL is only a few wintery months away, book your mobile fridge hire now and sit back and relax.