There are only a handful of franking machine manufacturers that are authorized by Royal Mail to work in the UK. They all have something good to offer, but their prices and services will vary. It is important to do some research and compare each company before choosing which one is right for you.
Pitney Bowes is a company from America and they are authorized to supply and manufacture their franking machines within the UK. They offer a wide range of machines, from basic to pro. Their machines use the latest Mailmark technology, to ensure the lowest postage prices possible. Their rental contracts are priced from £17.99/month and include both maintenance and inspection. They also offer additional products and services such as address management and folding and inserting, among others.
Founded originally in the UK, Neopost now has their headquarters in France. They manufacture as well as supply franking machines all across the UK. While their range of available machines is limited compared to other companies, all their options are top class, and all are Mailmark compatible. One advantage to Neopost is that you can re-credit the machines with postage online, 24 hours a day, year-round. They also offer several complimentary services such as letter openers, envelope printers, and folder inserters.
FP Mailing (Francotyp Postalia)
FP Mailing is a company from Germany that has the authorization to manufacture and supply their franking machines in the UK. They have machines that range from basic to high-end, all using Mailmark technology. Something unique about FP Mailing is that they offer their machines in a few different colours, so you can find something to perfectly suit your office! Postage can be downloaded 24/7 with Wi-Fi. They also offer additional services such as postal scales and folder inserters, as well as some software solutions.
They are a Swiss company that is authorized in the UK, and they are the smallest among those authorized. Their Matrix F series offers a wide range of low-volume to high-volume machines. Each Royal Mail product features their exclusive OneTouch function. All machines offer the Mailmark technology. Postal tariff updates are automated, and they also offer folder inserters, letter openers, as well as some Mailroom Security options.
Mailcoms is the most popular independent supplier in the UK, and they are the highest rated as well. They offer Pitney Bowes machines branded by Mailcoms. Machines available include Mailstart+, SenPro Series, and Mailbase. They supply labels, supplies, and ink for Neopost, FP Mailing, Frama and Pitney Bowes machines. They have a score of 9.5/10 on Trustpilot, and they are authorized by Royal Mail to both inspect and maintain franking machines. Lastly, they offer a Refill Reset Service, which is unique to them.