Who we are

The Strategic Mailing Partnership (SMP) is a professional body that represents and protects the interests of mailing houses across the UK.

Membership is open to all mailing houses, large and small, across the country – the SMP is the only mailing house partnership you will ever need to join.

Sponsored by Royal Mail Wholesale, and supported by the whole of Royal Mail, the SMP aims to raise standards in the mailing industry and promote better mail for all; from the senders and receivers, but more importantly, the manufacturers and mailing agents operating behind the scenes.

The SMP facilitates the sharing of best practice amongst its members and champions mail manufacturing processes that help to drive the industry forward and deliver ‘better mail’.

The SMP is the largest group in the UK of mail and print suppliers and service providers. Its members – known as ‘The Mailmakers’ – belong to the only known specialist supply chain network in Post in Europe.

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Our valued members of the SMP receive regular updates, ongoing advice and product briefings in the form of newsletters and e-shots, as well as a personalised membership certificate. There are many benefits to being a member of the only known specialist supply chain network in Post in Europe.

If you’re not already a member, sign-up here now.

SMP Strategic Mail Performance Awards

Award submissions for 2021 are now closed.

This year’s winners will be announced at our annual Summit at The Phoenix Centre, London on Thursday 30 September.

SMP’s Latest News

Two new speakers will address delegates at next week’s SMP Summit. Achim Dunnwald, Royal Mail’s Chief Operating Officer for Transformation and Strategy, replaces CEO Simon Thompson as keynote speaker at the event at the Phoenix Centre, London, on Thursday (September 30). And Martyn Eustace, chairman......

Fifty per cent of the SMP board appear in the top 50 of a prestigious industry ‘who’s who’. Printweek’s 2021 Top 500 list rates nine of the 14-strong SMP board in the top 100. These include Paragon Customer Communications, who finished in the top spot,......

The annual SMP Summit returns to London on September 30th where members can meet to swap news and advice and also hear from Royal Mail on how together we can shape the future of mail. The keynote speaker will be Simon Thompson, the new CEO......

Who are we?

The Strategic Mailing Partnership (SMP) is a professional body that represents and protects the interests of mailing houses across the UK.

Membership is open to all mailing houses, large and small, across the country – the SMP is the only mailing house partnership you will ever need to join.

Sponsored by Royal Mail Wholesale, and supported by the whole of Royal Mail, the SMP aims to raise standards in the mailing industry and promote better mail for all; from the senders and receivers, but more importantly, the manufacturers and mailing agents operating behind the scenes.

The SMP facilitates the sharing of best practice amongst its members and champions mail manufacturing processes that help to drive the industry forward and deliver ‘better mail’.

The SMP is the largest group in the UK of mail and print suppliers and service providers. Its members – known as ‘The Mailmakers’ – belong to the only known specialist supply chain network in Post in Europe.

SMP infographic

Our valued members of the SMP receive regular updates, ongoing advice and product briefings in the form of newsletters and e-shots, as well as a personalised membership certificate. There are many benefits to being a member of the only known specialist supply chain network in Post in Europe.

If you’re not already a member, sign-up here now.

AN ABC PARTNERSHIP FOR MAIL MAKERS…

advising, briefing, connecting

“Since the SMP launched in 2008, we have reset the clock on the way the Mailing House sector and Royal Mail engage with each other, for the better of the industry. We are here to promote better mail for the sender and receiver, but more importantly for you, the makers and the bearers. By being a member of The SMP, you can discuss and consult on issues and changes that will directly affect your industry, and share best practice on the mail manufacturing processes that will to drive your industry forward and deliver better mail.”

SMP Chair, Judith Donovan CBE

Snapshot History

Launched in 2008, the SMP successfully recruited over 100 members within its first two years and took on a number of key roles in several consultations, received many briefings, hosted multiple Roadshows and much more.

As the Partnership flourished throughout 2012 and 2013, the SMP focused on being known as mail manufacturers and the shippers into the pipeline.

Then, the emergence of MarketReach and exciting new briefings for members soon followed in 2014 and 2015, plus the SMP’s biggest breakthrough to date – early consultation on MailMark.

This continued into 2016, and involved a closer engagement with Operations to resolve issues on tray supply and cage hygiene. SMP then transferred to Royal Mail Wholesale and a whole new world of opportunities emerged, including formally rebranding as SMP – THE MAILMAKERS.

Snapshot History

Launched in 2008, the SMP successfully recruited over 100 members within its first two years and took on a number of key roles in several consultations, received many briefings, hosted multiple Roadshows and much more.

As the Partnership flourished throughout 2012 and 2013, the SMP focused on being known as mail manufacturers and the shippers into the pipeline.

Then, the emergence of MarketReach and exciting new briefings for members soon followed in 2014 and 2015, plus the SMP’s biggest breakthrough to date – early consultation on MailMark.

This continued into 2016, and involved a closer engagement with Operations to resolve issues on tray supply and cage hygiene. SMP then transferred to Royal Mail Wholesale and a whole new world of opportunities emerged, including formally rebranding as SMP – THE MAILMAKERS.

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