Cambridge postcode change – what you need to know
Added: (Thu Nov 02 2006)
Royal Mail has decided to implement changes to Cambridge postcodes because it has reached a point of ‘postcode exhaustion’ in Cambridge. In other words they just don’t have enough of the current postcodes left to meet the increase in population. What’s more, Cambridge was one of the first areas in the country to be allocated postcodes (fourth to be exact, go Cambridge!). This means that the postcodes no longer correspond to the layout of the city.
The final reason for the Cambridge postcode change is preparation for the future. Royal Mail estimates that 60,000 new addresses will be created over the next few years.
Has your postcode changed?
Royal Mail has said it will write to everyone whose postcode has changed. If you have not received any notification then your postcode may be unaffected. To check whether your postcode has changed you can use this handy postcode check tool at: http://www.whatprice.co.uk/postcode.html
So how does the postcode change affect you?
Obviously if you are one of the people allocated a new postcode then you’ve got to update your details wherever necessary, for example:
- If you ever use an online supplier like Amazon or Play.com then you’ll have to remember to change your address details
- If you have a regular delivery from a supplier (eg. newspapers) then they may need your new postcode for billing purposes
- If you have any personal stationery that may need re-printing
The Cambridge postcode change presents greater problems for businesses. If your business uses mailing lists then they are going to need updating. It is possible to download the list of updated postcodes from Royal Mail in a comma separated values (.csv) format at http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/content1?catId=600127&mediaId=12600177. This format will require some work in order to fit it into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
Along with the mailing lists, the Cambridge postcode change may require that all your business stationery is re-printed. For some companies this is going to be a major undertaking; fortunately the old postcodes will continue alongside the new postcodes until September 2007.
Victoire provide a full professional print service under one roof. To find out how we can help your business prepare for the Cambridge postcode change, visit our website: www.victoirepress.com or call us on 01954 781919.
Notes to Editors
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