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Checkprint is a leading provider of secure paper and electronic payment solutions

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Nature of Business: TALL Security Print Limited and Checkprint Limited form the TALL Group of Companies. The TALL Group is a UK leader in the provision of secure paper and electronic payment solutions. The Group holds a unique position as a trusted partner of the UK’s major banks and also operates internationally, producing ballot papers for elections around the world.

Formed in 2000, the Group manages contracts with Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, RBS Group and Santander as well as many building societies, foreign banks, corporate and public sector organisations in the UK and internationally.

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Locations: TALL Security Print Limited is based in Runcorn, Cheshire and Checkprint Limited is based in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

Markets that we operate in: Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

Contact Information: www.tallgroup.co.uk

Key Executives:

Martin Ruda – Group Managing Director
Martin is a highly experienced general manager and strategic thinker who leads from the front. An active speaker on Payments and Entrepreneurship, Martin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and past Chair of the De Montfort University Campus Enterprise Program. Previously held posts include: Managing Director at Pegasus Software; European Marketing Manager at Xerox and Product Marketing Manager at Sony.

Peter Andrew – Group Sales & Marketing Director
Peter has 45 years print experience, starting life as a Compositor, followed by roles in Production Control, Commercial and Sales. A well known figure in the sector, Peter is personally responsible for maintaining 20 year contractual relationships with HBOS, Santander (A&L), HSBC and RBSG. Peter has also spent 30 years involved with the Manchester United Commercial Department.
Together they have more than 65 years working in the payments industry and are currently responsible for strategic development, sales and marketing.

Company background:

Checkprint:
Checkprint is a leading provider of secure paper and electronic payment solutions. From its fully accredited premises in Hinckley, Leicestershire, Checkprint produces securely printed special cheques and credits, as well as providing a Business Process Outsourcing and comprehensive Payments Bureau Service. Cheques, Bacs, Faster Payments and foreign payments are all managed through the bureau or installed on customer sites as part of Checkprint’s Integrated Payments Solution. Secure document print and fulfillment, scanning, archiving and cheque processing complete the service offering.

Checkprint has managed the Barclays Special Cheque and Credit Service since 1994 and the company has established and developed significant contracts with many other leading financial institutions and their customers including Nationwide Building Society and Metro Bank.

A member of The TALL Group of Companies, a UK leader in the provision of secure paper, and electronic payment solutions, Checkprint and The TALL Group hold a unique position as a trusted partner of the UK’s major banks.

TALL Security Print Limited

Checkprint is a leading provider of secure paper and electronic payment solutions

Checkprint is a leading provider of secure paper and electronic payment solutions

TALL Security Print is a leading provider of a wide range of securely printed documents. From its fully accredited premises in Runcorn, Cheshire, TALL Security Print produces special cheques and credits, as well as passbooks, certificates and vouchers for a wide range of trade and business customers. TALL Security Print also produces ballot papers for elections around the world, including Nigeria, Iraq, Liberia and the historic South Sudan referendum.

First established in 1991, TALL Security Print manages contracts with HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS and Santander, as well as several building societies, foreign banks, corporate and public sector organisations in the UK and internationally.

A member of The TALL Group of Companies, a UK leader in the provision of secure paper and electronic payment solutions, TALL Security Print and The TALL Group hold a unique position as a trusted partner of the UK’s major banks.

CSR activities:

A longstanding mutually beneficial relationship exists between Checkprint and Leicester Business School, De Montfort University. In the past 18 months this has involved a member of the Checkprint Board sitting on a judging panel for student presentations, and inviting students into Checkprint to act as management consultants for the day, giving advice on a ‘business problem’. Leicester business school has also used Checkprint as a case study in an Entrepreneurship course to demonstrate a successful management buyout.

This type of engagement gives the students the opportunity to experience at first hand the way that theory and real life come together in the resolution of business issues, and hopefully contributes positively to the completion of their degree. It also delivers real benefits for Checkprint as close ties to Leicester Business School provide a close link to the managers of the future, which leads to prime recruitment and development opportunities.

TALL Security Print supports Halton Haven Hospice by organising fundraising activities throughout the year and donating Christmas hampers. Halton Haven Hospice cares for people over eighteen years of age with life-limiting illnesses living in the community in which TALL Security Print is based.
Products and services offered:

  • Electronic Payments and Direct Debit Collections
  • Checkprint Bacstel-IP Solution, powered by Experian Payments Gateway, allows Bacs payments, Faster Payments and Direct Debit collections to be achieved in a simple and secure process.
  • The solution is fully RTI Compliant and will enable the submission of the RTI cross-reference in payroll submissions to Bacs.

Banking Assistant
The Checkprint Banking Assistant is a cheque and cash deposit management system that supports customers receiving cheque payments.
It combines a desktop scanner to capture the image and details from the cheques with comprehensive software that uses this data to:

  • Create and balance batches for banking
  • Generate a searchable archive of cheque data and images

With three levels of software and three cheque scanner options available Checkprint Banking Assistant provides a system that suits specific business requirements.
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TALL Group is a UK leader in the provision of secure paper and electronic payment solutions

TALL Group is a UK leader in the provision of secure paper and electronic payment solutions

The TALL Group offers an affordable range of standard secure cheque designs and sizes, or fully bespoke options for printing cheques to UK and international bank guidelines.

  • Cheque Books
  • One or more cheques per page
  • All cheque book make-up options available
  • Personalised wallets also available

Computer Cheques

  • A4 laser and continuous designs
  • Guaranteed software compatibility
  • All design options available

System Cheques

  • Compatible with manual accounting systems
  • Can incorporate company logo
  • Journals and Journal Sheets available
  • Cheque and Credit Auto Replenishment
  • Auto replenishment is a multi-location cheque and credit stock control system that automatically manages stock on customers’ behalf across a number of locations through secure data connections.
  • Cheques and credits may be in base stock form, part-printed or fully personalised and in-filled.
  • Storage facilities satisfy C&CCC security requirements
  • Next day delivery
  • Storage sites in Midlands and North West
  • Stock can be called off as and when required

CheckPrint Solution
Cheque Printing Software
The CheckPrint Solution is an innovative, secure and versatile cheque printing system.
Print cheques or bank giro credits using proven, secure, award-winning cheque printing software in conjunction with PiraGrade 1 approved MICR (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) printers.
CheckPrint Solution is a flexible, modular system for all payment requirements that will transition as business needs evolve.

CheckPrint Solution Express
CheckPrint Solution Express is an in-house cheque system for smaller businesses that enables laser cheques to be infilled using a Pira Grade 1 approved laser printer.
The cheque system is available as a package and comprises:

  • Software – configured to print (infill) encoded laser cheques, and create reports for audit purposes.
  • Stock of laser cheques for overprinting – 1000 A4 laser cheques with the option of having a company logo.
  • Printer – Pira approved printer for A4 laser cheques.
  • Credits

Using a particular design or reference number format for credits/ paying in slips can improve the efficiency of reconciliation processes and help streamline payment processing.

Internal Banking Documents
Internal Banking Documents support the movement of money country to country and branch to branch.
The TALL Group provides such documents to major UK banks, shipping to global branch networks.

Outsourcing

  • The Print Bureau Service is a flexible credit and cheque outsourcing fulfilment service
  • Outsourced cheque printing & mailing
  • Outsourced credit printing & mailing
  • All prepared to C&CCC standards and from secure premises
  • No minimum or maximum data quantity
  • No specific file format required
  • The cheque and credit outsourcing service provides initial design though print and data infilling from secure data files to enclosing and mailing.

Payments Bureau
The Payments Bureau allows customers to outsource regular and one off payments.
The Bureau Service can be used for the following:

  • Bacs
  • Faster Payments
  • Cheques
  • Direct Debit
  • Payment Advices (Remittances)
  • Incorporates UK’s leading bank account validation software to validate accounts
  • Automated remittance advice generation available
  • Collect Direct Debits using AUDDIS
  • Collect and distribute reports
  • Make Faster Payments

Special Cheque and Credit Service

The TALL Group work with many of the major UK high street banks, liaising with bank contacts and their corporate customers to provide a special cheque and credit service.

Passbooks
Design, print and production of passbooks supports the requirements of banks and building societies, where traditional cheque and cash deposits and withdrawals are made at branch counters.

UV Verification Products

  • System V is the preferred method of many building societies for verifying authenticity of signatures on building society pass books.
  • System V comprises of a package of a UV (Ultra Violet) lamp and specially printed UV slips. Each element of the package can be supplied separately.
  • Vouchers and Certificates

The TALL Group provide the following:

  • Gift vouchers
  • Certificates, including degree certificates
  • Numbered documents of all types
  • Security features to protect against fraud
  • Approved hologram appliers

Importance to the financial services sector:

The Group is the UK’s leading provider of Business Cheques, Credits and Secure Encoded Documents, and provides electric payment solutions to financial institutions and their customers both in the UK and internationally.
Utilising specialist knowledge and expertise the Group has developed a comprehensive range of bespoke and innovative products, services and solutions.
Accorded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in 2005 for its cheque handling software applications, the Group operates internationally and is recognised as a market leader, with quality and security as the cornerstones of its success.
Accredited to ISO9001, ISO27001, ISO14001 and C&CCC, an Associate Member of the Building Societies Association, the business is committed to deliver long-term, sustainable value to customers, shareholders and staff.

The two-site operation and geographic locations offer excellent contingency facilities.
Standardised equipment, common operating systems and dedicated encrypted data lines enable work to flow through each site, and from site to site, in absolute security.

Recent customers and projects:

  • Axis Bank
  • City of Derry Building Society
  • Commerzebank
  • Triodos Bank
  • Poundland
  • Co-operative Group

The TALL Group has entered into two partnerships this year –
– CA Technologies – The TALL Group teamed up with CA Technologies to launch a cost-saving secure paperless document service. Under the agreement, the Group offers a service that allows for the secure delivery and notification of documents, and complements its existing range of paper statement and customer communication fulfilment solutions for financial institutions.
SmartDebit – Through a partnership arrangement the SmartDebit Direct Debit management service is offered to the TALL Group customers to complement the Group’s existing Bacs payment submission service, The cloud-based service allows users to set up new payers, amend details and view reports on their Direct Debit collections.

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How fintech companies can facilitate continued growth

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Fintech M&A: the terrible teens?

By Jackson Lee, VP Corporate Development from Colt Data Centre Services

The fintech industry is rapidly growing and, in the first half of 2020, fintechs have secured more than $25 billion in investment globally, despite the huge uncertainty caused by COVID-19. As fintechs and their customer base expand, it is important to recognise that the success of these companies is predicated on the ability to use data effectively in providing a personalised experience to their customers.

To ensure these companies do not become victim of their own success, they must ensure they have the ability to scale up their operations and data storage as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible, especially in these challenging times.

So what must fintech companies do if they are to facilitate this growth without bursting at the seams?

Big fish in a small pond

Fintech companies are growing exponentially, and for many, even the current uncertainty around the pandemic has not decelerated the pace of their growth. However, having started small – with only having access to limited tools at the beginning of their journey, many fintech companies can’t keep up with their own rapid growth. When it comes to data infrastructures, they are facing a real risk of becoming a big fish in a small pond.

In order to achieve widespread innovation, and to keep their advantage over traditional financial institutions, fintech companies need the necessary playground space to experiment in.

When the pandemic and its consequent disruptions started to take hold, most businesses weren’t prepared for the types of challenges that they would have to face. Although the suggestion of investing in data infrastructure might seem counter intuitive at the moment, a lifeline for fintech companies going forward will be flexibility and the ability to scale.

Risky business? 

As the uncertainty around the pandemic continues, fintech companies, like other industries are finding it difficult to commit to long-term business plans. Despite their continued growth, fintech companies continue to be cautious to invest in expanding their operations during an unpredictable economic climate, especially when they are doing well enough as it is.

Even before the pandemic, fintech companies exhibited slower rates of the adoption of digitalisation and advanced IT infrastructures than other industries. It’s clear the future is digital and for fintechs to effectively compete in today’s volatile market, they need to be proactive and invest in the value of data and digital transformation.

One area that fintech companies must be proactive in is their IT infrastructure, especially their data storage and connectivity, in order to allow them to act faster than big, established competitors.

Limitless scalability

Due to the continuous growth of fintech companies, with no sign for it to slow down, these companies will have to continually scale their operations up to manage increased demand. Ordinarily, this would have very high costs as they would have to continually alter their IT infrastructure and solutions.

When it comes to flexibility, data is a crucial aspect for fintechs. In today’s world, companies store masses of data, and its amount is growing fast. This makes the storing of the data a juggling act, and the costs keep growing with it. In periods of economic uncertainty, such as the one we are experiencing now, this constant increase in data can quickly turn into a challenge. Therefore, fintechs must ensure that scalability is at the heart of everything they do. When it comes to scalability, however, the key factor is not just growth or the ability to scale up. A vital, but often overlooked opportunity in scalability lies in scaling down, when needed. For fintechs aiming at this level of scalability, hyperscale is the only way forward.

The answer is hyperscale

Hyperscale data centres provide businesses with a one-stop shop for all their data and capacity requirements. These centres, which are built in a campus-style design, allow companies to build out further data centres quickly within the same location, or if needed, downsize. In an environment of ever-fluctuating demand, hyperscale enables scalability of data and storage swiftly. This presents many benefits. The sheer size of these facilities allows for large-scale cloud adoption, which is more streamlined, flexible and cost-effective than ever before. This will help fintechs to get a better handle on their data and reduce costs as much as possible.

With this level of scalability, companies can operate like an elastic band, expanding or retracting when necessary and at a moment’s notice. For example, imagine this year’s Christmas. With the uncertainty of the pandemic and constantly changing restrictions, people’s online activity will be even higher than in previous years. Fintechs will have to scale up their operations to cope with the high demand of online services. Meanwhile, when demand goes down in January, it might be beneficial to scale down and reduce costs until demand increases again.

Hyperscale will also help fintech companies to future-proof their operations, which has become a key consideration as the economy looks to recover from the pandemic. By having the level of flexibility that hyperscale provides, businesses will always have the ability to lean or expand. Being able to adjust quickly within the hyperscale environment, with no added costs, makes fintechs more resilient and flexible to disruptions.

While cutting costs will continue to be a priority in today’s business environment, it is important that fintech companies look beyond this and focus on innovation and technology. The issues that the pandemic unearthed already existed and needed to be addressed by businesses. Therefore, they need to take the current situation as an opportunity to reconsider and improve their business models. Flexibility, scalability and cost efficiency must be top priorities in this new era. Hyperscale can provide this trinity of success.

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2021 Predictions: Operational Resilience Takes Center Stage

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Breaking down barriers between Risk and Business Continuity

By Brian Molk, Fusion Risk Management

What a year! Simply put, the global shocks of 2020 were unmatched by any time in recent history. Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic reach a scale and longevity that rippled through the way organizations operate, communicate, and safeguard against future disruptions, we simultaneously experienced civil unrest, wildfires, hurricanes and more. This unprecedented time exposed weaknesses in organizations and demonstrated that historically siloed approaches to resiliency put organizations in grave danger. No one had a plan robust enough for 2020. Those that emerged from this year stronger were those that took an agile, collaborative, and, above all, data-led approach to resilience.

Driven by these changes, the industry will see several trends in 2021:  operational resilience that blurs the lines between multiple disciplines, real-time decision-making based on data instead of plans,  industry collaboration and product suites,  a new executive buyer, often in the C-suite, and  regulators taking greater interest in resilience across critical industries.

Operational Resilience Goes Multi-Disciplinary

2020 prompted volatile and unpredictable market conditions. The pandemic not only demonstrated the interdependence of multiple areas of risk, but showed organizations that they must be hyper vigilant about all disciplines simultaneously and holistically. Organizations recognized they had resources and processes siloed, and that communication and coordination cross-organization is necessary to prove resilience to leadership, regulators and stakeholders. This demonstrated that solution areas (business continuity, risk management, disaster recovery, and more) with their specific expertise and training each have a role to play – and a strength to bring – in an operational resilience strategy.

As organizations recognize the importance of multiple-discipline focus, the barriers between these practices will break down and come together under operational resilience. Operational resilience will become the overarching school of thought in the industry. As a result, products and services will evolve to serve this need.

Data Instead of Plans

If 2020 demonstrated one thing, it’s that organizations simply cannot plan for everything – and instead must be ready to resolve problems as they arise. However, those that emerged most successful from disruption were those with good data at their fingertips, ensuring that leaders can make informed decisions quickly.

Gone are the days in which meticulous planning and tabletop exercises were the best approaches to resilience. In 2021, organizations will recognize the value of identifying their data and dependencies, maintaining them in software and leaning on the technology to simulate the multitude of outcomes possible. When unplanned events do arise, organizations will depend on technology to play out the plans, understand where they will fail and propose the right changes proactively.

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Industry Collaboration and Product Suites

Industry collaboration is already underway and will continue into next year. As resilience continues to become a highly visible and critical business operation, the industry will realize the benefit of products that span disciplines to better deliver on organizations’ needs. As organizations break down silos between business continuity, incident and crisis management, disaster recovery and various risk disciplines to become one broader resilience practice, industry players will consolidate their respective offerings and increasingly integrate product suites for greater collaboration – and ultimately, greater resilience.

C-Suite Involvement in Risk and Resilience

In 2021, we will see resilience become a priority at every level of an organization – especially with executive leadership. Prior to this year, many companies viewed resilience as an esoteric activity focused on placating leadership and regulators. They relied on a few employees to own all resilience programs, not intimately involving themselves or their operating executives with the details. 2020 took resilience out of the back room and placed it firmly into the boardroom.

The C-suite will be increasingly committed to knowing whether their organization is ready to tackle and recover from disruptions. This means a resilience program needs to span all the appropriate departments and disciplines, speak the language of business instead of practitioners and answer the highest-level questions of readiness in a single executive experience.

Operational Resilience in Every Critical Industry

Undoubtedly, operational resilience will begin to take center stage in all critical industries. Over the past several years, the Bank of England, the Fed, and the European Central Bank among others have begun a push for regulation not only in financial resilience but in the resilience of operations for financial services. These bodies recognized the critical impact that their industry has on the wellbeing of individuals, businesses, and the economy as a whole – and are taking seriously their role in making a more resilient economy.

Other critical industries, including energy, power, agriculture and others (possibly based on the 16 critical industries defined by the department of homeland security) are similarly positioned. We expect to see regulators taking a greater interest in the organizations in these spaces, to ensure our national and global systems are resilient enough to recover from future events.

2020 was a challenging year, and many people are likely relieved it’s over. But don’t rest on your laurels. Whether it’s climate change, political unrest or even pandemics, the world is more interdependent and more exposed than ever. Ensure your organization has learned the lessons of 2020 and is first to take advantage of these trends in 2021, before it’s too late.

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5 January 2021 – 2020 – a year like no other – is responsible for driving organisational change, especially workplace culture, which has witnessed considerable upheaval over the past 10 months. Workplace culture expert, O.C. Tanner Europe, foresees that the pandemic and its fallout will accelerate further changes on a scale never before witnessed. Here are its top five workplace culture trends of 2021:

  1. 2021 will see a big focus on organisational culture – COVID has altered priorities. Perhaps for the first time, the importance of a thriving workplace culture has been driven home, with leaders realising that culture isn’t just about the physical perks such as the table tennis table and massage chair, but is about connecting people to purpose, accomplishment and each other.  After months of remote working, furlough and general workplace flux which has caused mass anxiety and financial strain, many organisational cultures need healing and fixing. Leaders will need to find ways to bring people back together, even if it means doing this remotely , and some leaders may even need to strip everything back and re-build a more positive, connected and purpose-driven culture from the ground-up.
  2. How we work has changed for good – Research by the O.C. Tanner Institute found 77 per cent of employees say their workplace culture will never return to pre-Covid-19 normal. Remote working will continue well into 2021 and as employees have proven that remote working can be as efficient and productive as being in the office, many organisations will allow employees to work remotely permanently. On top of this,  with many organisations having had to adapt to virtual working, many normal work processes have changed for good. Companies have already adopted new recruiting and hiring processes, including virtual interviews and even the benefits that appeal to employees right now are shifting. Rather than unlimited holidays, paid parental leave has become important. There’s also a renewed focus on mental and emotional wellbeing.
  3. A greater emphasis on diversity and inclusion (D&I) – Organisations can no longer remain silent on social issues. Employees expect their companies to be vocal on issues of injustice and inequity and this includes a greater emphasis on D&I. And instead of focusing on how to avoid exclusion which is an approach initially driven by legal experts to avoid litigation, the key is to concentrate on inclusivity. This means companies should look past categories such as race, gender, or sexual orientation and nurture each person as an individual. With just 44 per cent of employees saying their company’s diversity and inclusion approach feels sincere, there is a huge opportunity for organisations to improve their efforts.
  4. Generation Z needs to be connected to purpose – Employees in this generation are entering the workplace and more than any previous generation, they are highly connected to social issues and want to make a difference in their jobs. This generation isn’t about climbing the corporate ladder but want to feel that they belong and that their company has an inspiring and relatable purpose. In order to attract and engage Gen Z employees, companies must connect their work to purpose, practice modern leadership and focus on wellbeing.
  5. Real digital transformation is happening – Covid-19 has forced true digital transformation that companies may have had on their ‘to do’ lists for years. Technology has been used to connect us together and keep us working during times of social distancing and remote working, and technological innovation is not stopping any time soon. Mobile tools are more important than ever, as well as strong data security and robust internet capabilities. We will continue to see more technological developments this year, with a focus on bringing people together despite many employees still working apart.

Robert Ordever, Managing Director of O.C. Tanner Europe says, “Leaders and HR professionals need to be prepared for the challenges ahead as they tackle the fallout from the pandemic. There must be a concerted effort to heal broken and damaged workplace cultures while building on the positive developments as a result of COVID-19. Inclusive, connected and purpose-driven workplaces must be prioritised and it’s time to drive technological advancements to bring people together. 2021 needs to be a year of deliberate and positive transformation.”

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