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Enhanced postal discounts if you send bulk mailings over 500 items.

If you send bulk mailings in volumes over 500 items at a time of the same class and size to UK addresses via a franking machine, you could benefit from substantial additional postage savings using Royal Mail’s Business Mail Advanced service.

What is Business Mail Advanced (BMA)?

Business Mail Advanced is a mail class from Royal Mail available for franking machine users that offers enhanced postal discounts in return for preparing your bulk mail according to certain criteria (see below) that enables Royal Mail’s automated technology to process your mail more efficiently.

What savings can I make with BMA?

Business Mail Advanced (BMA) discounts are based on the volume of post you send at a time.

As of 27th March 2017, the costs per item for sending a 2nd class letter to an address in the UK are:

Class / Volume 500-999 1,000-2,499 2,500-9,999 10,000-24,999 25,000+
Stamp 56p 56p 56p 56p 56p
Standard Frank 41p 41p 41p 41p 41p
Mailmark™ Frank 38p 38p 38p 38p 38p
BMA 30.3p 29.8p 29.1p 28.5p 27.9p

How do I get BMA?

BMA is available to all franking machine users.

If you don’t already have one, you will need to set up an Online Business Account (OBA) with Royal Mail and then you will need to obtain a Business Mail Advanced licence to use BMA via your franking machine. We can do this for you.

Once you have your BMA licence, the BMA class can be downloaded to your franking machine and you’re ready to start saving on your bulk mailing!

What criteria does my mail need to meet to get BMA discounts?

  • Minimum 500 letters
  • Letter dimensions
    • Minimum size: 145mm x 110mm.
    • Maximum size is 240mm x 165mm  
    • Minimum thickness is 0.25mm. Maximum thickness is 5mm
  • Address location and format
    • Addresses must be machine printed in a defined area of the letter  
    • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) address specification is recommended 
  • Clear zones
    • Certain areas of the mail piece must have no markings.
  • Presentation
    • Letters must be separated into 1st and 2nd Class  
    • Letters must be presented upside down and facing the front of the provided trays  
    • Trays must be placed in the provided wheeled containers
    • Letters must bear a license number (applied by your franking machine).
  • Customer Collection Receipt must accompany mail.