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  • Which envelope should I use for cheap postage?

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    Do you want to know which envelope is best to use to ensure cheap postage? You're not alone - this is a question we get asked a lot!

    You may be like many of our savvy customers who want to keep postage costs a low as possible. Something as simple as choosing a slightly smaller envelope can take you from a parcel rate to letter rate, saving significantly per item sent! Obvious, yes – but not always the first thing people consider when planning a mailing. Quite often the envelope contents are designed, printed and produced ahead of the envelope decision and this can cost a business thousands in unnecessary expense.

    Whether it's a direct mail campaign, large scale mailing or general business post, by saving a even a few pence per item sent can make a huge difference over a year.

    The cheapest way to send mail in the UK is by Royal Mail 2nd Class Letter Post. A 2nd class standard letter stamp costs 56p. To use this mail format, your envelope must be within the following limits when filled and sealed ready to post:

    Standard Letter Post

    • Envelope Maximum Dimensions = 240mm x 165mm (24cm x 16.5cm)
    • Envelope Maximum Thickness = 5mm (0.5cm)
    • Envelope Maximum Weight = 100g

    The following standard envelope sizes are all suitable for standard letter post:

    C5 size envelopes are the largest standard envelope size that can be used for Royal Mail standard letter post. If you want to get the most for your money, this is a great envelope choice.

    Indecently, if you are looking at postage costs ahead of a direct mail campaign, you might be interested to know that coloured envelopes are 9 times more likely to be opened than white envelopes! A great tip to improve open rates (especially great as if you use a C5 envelope you can save on your postage costs too – win win!).

    Don’t forget you will need to ensure that the total weight is less than 100g and the thickness of the envelope less than 5mm.

    For more information and guidance on which envelopes to choose for the various Royal Mail postage rates, please see our handy guide page Postage Rates for Envelopes.

    Information correct as of 23rd January 2018. Please use this page as a guideline. We always recommend measuring/weighing your postage and checking the Royal Mail website for the most up to date rates & cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred due to the above information.


     

  • How do I address an envelope?

    How to address an envelope

    In a technological age where email dominates snail mail, it’s easy to ignore (or forget) key basics like how to correctly address an envelope.

    There is a correct way to layout the address and position it on the envelope, which not only helps to get your post exactly where it needs to go, it also makes life easier for those staff (and machines) at Royal Mail who sort the millions of letters every day.

    How to address an envelope to someone in the UK

    When posting to someone in the UK, the correct address layout for addressing and envelope is as below:

    Addressees' name
    House number and street name
    Locality name (if needed)
    TOWN
    FULL POSTCODE

    It is also preferred that the town and post code are printed in CAPITALS

    E.g.How to address an envelope

    How to address an envelope to someone overseas

    When sending a letter to an international address, there can be variations between countries. Use the below as a guideline:

    Addressee's name
    House number and street name
    City or town
    Province, state or department and postal code
    COUNTRY

    It is recommended to print the country in CAPITALS and using the English name (eg SPAIN, not Espana)

    E.g.
    How to address an international envelope

    Top tips for addressing envelopes

    •  Left align your address (start all lines from the left)
    •  Always include a post code, whether UK or international
    •  Don’t use full stops or commas
    •  For European addresses, put the postcode to the left of the town – e.g 08088 BARCELONA
    •  If hand writing, ensure writing is neat, clear and readable

    What about stamps?

    Stamps and PPIs (Printed Postage Impressions) are always positioned at the top right corner on the front of an envelope.

    Should I include a return address?

    Although not a necessity, it’s often a good idea to write your address as a ‘return address’ in case the post is undelivered, so it can be returned back to you.

    You can position your return address anywhere you wish on the envelope; as long as it doesn’t dominate the address the letter is going to (to avoid confusion) and doesn’t conflict with the stamp positioned at the top right corner.

    Many people put their return address on the back of the envelope. We print envelopes for a lot of businesses and a popular position is to print the return address onto the flap of the envelope [call or email if you would like a quote for printed envelopes].

    We hope you found our advice on how to address an envelope helpful! For more tips check our blog regularly. Thank you.

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