Franked Mail Postal Rates 2021

By Dan Barraclough | Updated: 7 January 2021

2021 Royal Mail Prices for Franking Machines

As of January 2021, the following changes to the cost of postage in the UK became effective:

  • First Class stamps for a standard letter increased from 70p to 85p
  • First Class Mailmark® franked mail increased from 61p to 72p
  • Second Class stamps increased from 61p to 66p
  • Second Class Mailmark® franked mail increased from 41p to 47p

Franked vs Non Franked Price Comparison

2021STAMPSFRANKINGYour savings…
1st Class Letters85p72p15.3%
1st Class Small Parcel£3.85£3.684.4%
2nd Class Letters66p47p28.8%
2nd Class Small Parcel£3.20£3.006.3%
Special Delivery™ Next Day£6.85£6.603.6%
Special Delivery™ 9am£22.26£20.746.8%

Postal prices have been rising sharply since 2005, and show no signs of slowing down.

Although franked mail prices have also increased, businesses who rely upon the postal system for marketing, invoicing, and client correspondence are still getting the best deal by renting or buying a franking machine for the office, as the price of stamps has risen at an even greater rate.

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During 2021, business owners who utilise the discounted rates offered by Royal Mail for franked post can also save their company from overpaying or even underpaying, as today's franking machines offer real-time updates on costs, ensuring postal calculations are always correct. During the COVID pandemic, with businesses relying on mail more than ever, this is clearly a huge advantage not only when sending out mass mailings but also when sending out individual, everyday pieces.

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Dan Barraclough

Dan’s a Senior Writer at Expert Market, specialising in digital marketing, web design, and photocopiers, amongst other topics.

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