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On March 30th 2015 Royal Mail will increase prices for most services. Businesses that use franking machines will be affected by these price changes as well. See updated rates below.

Royal Mail has once again changed its pricing system. Postal rates for most services have gone up, and franking prices will be affected too. (see tables below):

For the first time ever, Mailmark™ enabled franking machines will enjoy a price break on some services over and above the savings seen on the low prices already enjoyed by franking machine users.

Ink Color

In 2013, Royal Mail announced that a change in ink colour applied to all users of SMART franking machines. They will be required to start using blue ink once their red ink is used up.

Royal Mail has assured SMART franking machine users that there will be no need to buy new franking machines and that it is working closely with SMART franking machine manufacturers on implementing this change as smoothly as possible.

New Prices

Prices for regular postage stamps will also be increasing on March 31st along with those for franked items. The good news, however, is that you will still enjoy significant savings as franking till costs a lot less than the stamped and online options.

Standard UK Mail Franking Prices

Standard mail refers to the basic delivery service offered by Royal Mail and is ideal for non-valuable items.

1st class

1st Class mail is an expedited service which aims to deliver anywhere in the UK on the next working day including Saturdays.

FormatWeight up toStamp Price (£)Franked Price (£)Saving (£)
Letter100g0.630.520.11
Large Letter100g0.950.810.14
250g1.261.120.14
500g1.681.460.23
750g2.422.050.37
Small Parcel1kg3.303.000.30
2kg5.455.150.30
Medium Parcel1kg5.654.800.85
2kg8.907.501.40
5kg15.8516.95-1.10
10kg21.9023.00-1.10
20kg33.4034.50-1.10

2nd class

2nd class mail in an economy service which aims to deliver anywhere in the UK in 2-3 working days, including Saturdays.

FormatWeight up toStamp Price (£)Franked Price (£)Saving (£)
Letter100g0.540.390.15
Large Letter100g0.740.650.09
250g1.190.910.28
500g1.511.200.31
750g2.051.680.37
Small Parcel1kg2.802.500.30
2kg2.802.500.30
Medium Parcel1kg4.894.400.49
2kg4.894.400.49
5kg13.7513.750
10kg20.2520.250
20kg28.5528.550

‘Royal Mail Signed For’ Franking Prices

This option offers a proof of receipt by securing a signature from the recipient upon delivery. It also gives you the ability to check online or via your mobile to see when your item was delivered, compensation cover up to £50 and seller protection for goods sold online. As before, the 1st class service aims for next-day delivery and the 2nd class service aims for 3-day delivery.

1st class

FormatWeight up toStamp Price (£)Franked Price (£)Saving (£)
Letter100g1.731.620.11
Large Letter100g2.051.910.14
250g2.362.220.14
500g2.782.560.22
750g3.523.150.37
Small Parcel1kg4.404.100.30
2kg6.556.250.30
Medium Parcel1kg6.755.900.85
2kg10.008.601.40
5kg16.9516.950
10kg23.0023.000
20kg34.5034.50

2nd class

FormatWeight up toStamp Price (£)Franked Price (£)Saving (£)
Letter100g1.641.490.15
Large Letter100g1.841.750.09
250g2.292.010.28
500g2.612.300.31
750g3.152.780.37
Small Parcel1kg3.903.600.30
2kg3.903.600.30
Medium Parcel1kg5.995.500.49
2kg5.995.500.49
5kg14.8514.850
10kg21.3521.350
20kg29.6529.650

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed (RMSD) Franking Prices

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed gives you a choice between having your post delivered by 9 am and by 1 pm. You can choose to have compensation of up to £50 for the 9 am delivery and up to £500 for the 1 pm delivery. Features of the service include online proof of delivery, online tracking and signature on delivery and Saturday delivery for an additional charge.

Mail TypeFranked price (£)Stamp price (£)Saving (£)
1pm delivery6.206.450.25
9am delivery17.1018.361.26

International Standard (previously Airmail) Franking Prices

International Standard (previously Airmail) is a cost-effective, fairly fast service for sending your post to other countries.

Note: Parcel prices in this table refer to parcels “up to 100g”

Mail TypeFranked price (£)Stamp price (£)Saving (£)
Letters to europe0.901.000.10
Letter beyond Europe0.901.000.10
Parcels to Europe3.203.450.25
Parcels to World Zone 13.804.100.30
Parcels to World Zone 24.124.450.33

Franked mailing prices have not been spared from the Royal Mail’s rate hike, but this doesn’t mean that franking your business mail is no longer a viable option. You are still bound to save a lot of money on your postage costs by using a franking machine for your business. Click below to get started.

SAVE UP TO 30% BY COMPARING FRANKING MACHINE QUOTES

Author - Nigel Vaughan

Nigel has over 10 years experience in digital marketing, and loves tech and all kinds of electronics. A keen cyclist and cycle-tourist, he has cycled through 25 countries worldwide.

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