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Finish your cards with foil

  • 13.08.2021
  • Gift Cards

Enhance your brand and make you cards stand out from the crowd by choosing hot foiling, a ‘post-production’ process that allows additional embellishments such as hot foil images and holograms to be added to your cards. This process typically takes place once the cards have been punched to the finished size and with full manufacturing […]

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Q&A with Andy Philbin

  • 13.08.2021
  • Company News

How long have you worked at PCS? Nearly 5 years. What do you do day to day at work? Sell plastic cards! Which famous person do you most look like? I used to get Adam Sandler quite a lot, but I have less hair now! Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? David […]

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MBO Completion for PCS

  • 10.05.2021
  • Company News

Highly regarded UK card manufacturer Plastic Card Services (PCS) Limited has announced exciting changes ahead following the completion of a management buyout in April 2021. After initially starting PCS back in 1993, Tim Holt has become the sole owner of the business on completion of the buyout from original co-owner Rob Nicholls. Rob and Tim […]

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Q&A with Tony Pratt

  • 22.03.2021
  • Company News

How long have you worked at PCS? 11 years. What do you do day to day at work? I am the Supervisor in our card manufacturing plant. Which famous person do you most look like? Chris Pratt. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? My wife. What would be the soundtrack to your […]

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Christmas Hours 2020

  • 09.12.2020
  • Uncategorised

We would like to inform you of the scheduled shutdown for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Our office premises, as well as our litho, digital and bureau production facilities, will be closing on the afternoon of Thursday 24th December and re-opening on the morning of Monday 4th January. If you have any special requirements […]

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Q&A with Rob Nicholls

  • 25.11.2020
  • Company News

How long have you worked at PCS?28 years service now! Tim Holt and I started PCS from nothing at the start of a recession and are really proud of what we are still achieving. What do you do day to day at work?See how we can do things better. It is an evolution. Which famous […]

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Meet the Team with Zoe Benson

  • 21.07.2020
  • Uncategorised

How long have you worked at PCS? Just over 2 years. What do you do day to day at work?I process and manage orders throughout the various departments of PCS. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?Seeing the finished products that look great and then hearing feedback from the client that they are […]

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PCS Invests In Bespoke Encoding Solution

  • 05.06.2020
  • Case Studies

At PCS we have a long history of investing back into the company so we can continually provide our customers with the very best products and services. With help from Made Smarter, we have invested in technology capable of encoding 10,000 cards per day which in turn has resulted in us securing a sought-after identity […]

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Meet the Team with Adam Sherratt

  • 08.04.2020
  • Company News

How long have you worked at PCS? 4 months. What do you do day to day at work?I am responsible for data checking and related administration. What is the most challenging aspect of your job?Jobs with lots of variations. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?Problem solving and finding new methods. What do […]

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COVID-19 Message from Adam Unsworth

  • 06.04.2020
  • Company News

Hello, Firstly, on behalf of the entire PCS team I would like to thank you for your continued support during this unprecedented time. Over the last few weeks, we have been working hard to find the right balance to ensure the ongoing safety of our staff whilst continuing to service our customers which includes NHS […]

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PCS Continues to Grow And Invest in its Employees

  • 30.01.2020
  • Company News

Following another successful year of growth, including its ever-increasing digital printing capability, Macclesfield based Plastic Card Services (PCS) is pleased to announce several exciting staff changes including the addition of two new employees, as well as two internal promotions. Adam Unsworth commented “We are committed to continually growing our business and investing in our resources […]

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PCS Swap Disposable for Recyclable

  • 30.01.2020
  • Company News

Following a suggestion by a member of staff to reduce the amount of single use plastics in the workplace, and in a bid to encourage the health and wellbeing of its employees, Macclesfield based Plastic Card Services (PCS) have provided all staff with reusable and eco-friendly water bottles. Adam Unsworth, Managing Director of PCS commented […]

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PCS Wins at the Digital Printer Awards

  • 11.11.2019
  • Company News

PCS has been crowned champions at the 2019 Digital Printer Awards for its market leading web-to-print site the Plastic Card Hub. Users can price, design and order their cards online for delivery in just a few days, and with a variety of different card formats available in both fully recyclable and Eco Degradable PVC visitors […]

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Tim Holt sits with Ready for Brexit to discuss brexit and Boris Johnson’s impact on the future.

  • 30.09.2019
  • Company News

  Tim Holt, co-founder and finance director of Cheshire-based Plastic Card Services, says that he noticed that businesses seemed to show a little more confidence when Boris Johnson took over as Prime Minister. What does Plastic Card Services produce? We manufacture plastic cards – membership, hotel and loyalty cards. We are not a secure printer so we […]

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PCS Shortlisted for Two PrintWeek 2019 Awards

  • 17.09.2019
  • Company News

The finalists for the 2019 Print Week awards have been revealed, and PCS are thrilled to be in the running for the High Volume Digital Printer award and the Direct Mail Printer award. These prestigious awards celebrate the countries printing and manufacturing expertise and achievements, with the winners being announced at a black-tie awards ceremony […]

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Adam Unsworth named in prestigious 42 under 42

  • 17.08.2019
  • Company News

PCS Managing Director, Adam Unsworth has capped off what has already been a stellar year by being selected for the 2019 42 Under 42 list by Insider Media North West. This annual award from Insider Media celebrates the strength of rising business stars under the age of 42. Having started at PCS in 2001, Adam […]

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Meet the Team – Jonathan

  • 06.08.2019
  • Company News

How long have you worked at PCS? 8 months. What do you do day to day at work? Seek out new business and exceed client’s expectations. Which famous person do you most look like? Peter Crouch. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? I wouldn’t put anyone through my cooking! What would be […]

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Tim Holt speaks to Gazprom Energy about better business communication

  • 17.07.2019
  • Media Contributions

Strong business communication is essential whether it’s employees, clients or customers you’re interacting with. It is a means of strengthening relationships with all involved and improving the reputation of the business as a whole. Striving to be a better communicator is never a bad idea. Gazprom Energy got in touch with our owner Tim Holt […]

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Race to the Tour

  • 04.07.2019
  • Uncategorised

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Louise Ray – Customer trust and loyalty

  • 26.06.2019
  • Media Contributions

Our Director of Marketing and Communications, Louise Ray recently sat down with B2B Marketing Magazine to discuss the importance of retaining customer trust and loyalty. See the transcript of the conversation below. The zebras of marketing Starting with a blank canvas can feel like a lot of work especially when you compare yourself to legacy […]

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Meet the Team with Kathryn Barwick

  • 26.06.2019
  • Company News

How long have you worked at PCS? 16 Months What do you do day to day at work? Account Management Which famous person do you most look like? Vicky McClure Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Peter Kay What would be the soundtrack to your life? Anything by The Doves What is […]

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Help us ‘Race to the Tour’

  • 24.06.2019
  • Company News

We undertake several fundraising events throughout the year from bake sales to triathlon’s, and for our latest event we wanted to do something that could involve all staff no matter their fitness levels and therefore, we have come up with the idea of a sponsored cycle ride to coincide with the 2019 Tour de France. […]

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Q&A with Production Manager, Shaun Hinchy

  • 11.06.2019
  • Company News

Shaun Hinchy, our Production Manager, sat down with PrintWeek Magazine to discuss and reflect on his time in the job. See the transcript from this conversation below. What is your nickname? Inchy. Why did you get into printing? I was a production manager at a TV shopping channel when the opportunity arose to help grow a […]

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PCS Finalists at Cheshire Business Awards for Innovation & Enterprise

  • 08.05.2019
  • Company News

  We are excited to announce that PCS is a finalist at the much sought after 2019 Cheshire Business Awards, in the category for ‘Innovation & Enterprise”. The Cheshire Business Awards celebrates the best and brightest in Cheshire. Business in the county has boomed over the last several years and PCS is proud to be […]

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Making Gift Cards Work For You

  • 25.04.2019
  • Case Studies

Plastic gift cards have already replaced the majority of traditional paper-based vouchers, and as the numerous benefits become more apparent to business owners, the popularity of these schemes is increasing. In fact, according to the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association (UKGCVA) 80% of consumers are willing to spend more on gift cards and vouchers […]

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Meet the Team – Q&A with Rob Scovell

  • 25.04.2019
  • Company News

What do you do day to day at work? I facilitate analysis of customer data ensuring a smooth transition from client to final production. I am also responsible for marketing and external communications including social media promotions. Which famous person do you most look like? Robert Pattinson. Who would you invite to your dream dinner […]

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PCS PARTNER WITH CRC TO INCREASE RECYCLING

  • 18.03.2019
  • Company News

  Plastic Card Services (PCS) are proud to announce that they have joined an exciting new partnership with Community Recycling Consortium (CRC), a charitable computer recycling group. CRC collect redundant computers and machinery to be repurposed. Their goal is to use these old computers as a “vehicle for the training and employment of people with […]

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New year predictions: Adam Unsworth, Plastic Card Services

  • 31.12.2018
  • Company News

PCS Managing Director, Adam Unsworth took time out to discuss his job and what he predicts for the year ahead, with Print Week magazine. See the transcript below. What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list this year? I would like a new lens for my camera, but it’s not cheap so I daren’t […]

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PCS named as Business of the Year

  • 19.10.2018
  • Company News

We are delighted to announce that PCS has been named as Business of the Year at the 2018 Cheshire Business Awards which took place at the stunning Chester Cathedral. Adam Unsworth, Managing Director at PCS commented “We are delighted to have been crowned winners of the Business of the Year category at this year’s awards. […]

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Two New Directors for PCS

  • 12.09.2018
  • Uncategorised

Plastic Card Services (PCS) one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of plastic cards and associated services, is pleased to announce the promotion of two new members to its Senior Management Team. Paul Hansford will be stepping up into the role of ‘Sales Director and Louise Ray will become ‘Director of Marketing and Communications’. Adam Unsworth, […]

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PCS is Silk FM’s workplace of the week!

  • 11.09.2018
  • Company News

Darren from Silk FM spoke to Adam Unsworth Managing Director at PCS Plastic Card Services in Macclesfield about what they have celebrated recently and what they do.

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£1 Millon Investment In New Digital Facility Marks 25 Years In Style At Macclesfield Manufacturing Firm

  • 07.09.2018
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services (PCS), one of the UKs leading manufacturers of plastic cards and associated services, celebrated 25 years in business this week by announcing the completion of a £1 million investment in a new digital production facility sited on its existing manufacturing campus within Tytherington Business Village. Macclesfield MP, David Rutley was invited to […]

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Introducing The Plastic Card Hub

  • 21.05.2018
  • Company News

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and printers of plastic cards, Plastic Card Services (PCS) is proud to announce the launch of www.plasticcardhub.co.uk a truly unique web to print offering unlike any other in the UK. Designed for shorter run orders, the Plastic Card Hub allows customers to choose the exact quantity of cards […]

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PCS Doubles Production Capacity

  • 11.05.2018
  • Company News

Following the completion of our recent £1million investment in new equipment and the creation of an additional manufacturing facility, we are thrilled to announce our overall production capacity has doubled from 80 million to 160 million cards per year. We strive to lead the way in the plastic card market, and are always looking for ways to […]

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Meet the Team – Q&A with Naomi Tipton

  • 12.03.2018
  • Company News

How long have you worked at PCS? 10 months. What do you do day to day at work? As Sales Executive, I am responsible for generating and developing new prospects and opportunities, as well as handling inbound sales enquiries. Which famous person do you most look like? I’ve been told before that I look like Georgie […]

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PCS Take On Wilmslow Half Marathon In Aid Of The Matthew Nicholls Trust

  • 23.01.2018
  • Company News

As a team of four from Plastic Card Services, Adam, Jayce, Shaun and Tony will be participating in the Wilmslow Half Marathon on Sunday the 18th March 2018 (due to snow this has been rescheduled for Sunday 24 June 2018) in aid of The Matthew Nicholls Trust. The Matthew Nicholls Trust has been set up […]

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PCS Named As One Of Europe’s Best!

  • 03.01.2018
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services has been named as ‘One to Watch’ in Europe in a list of business excellence published by the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM. Chosen for demonstrating exceptional achievements, Plastic Card Services will now go on to compete in the category of Business of the Year to become a National Winner in […]

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PCS Highly Commended For Industrial Digital Printer Of The Year

  • 23.10.2017
  • Company News

We are delighted to announce that Plastic Card Services received a high commendation at the much sought after 2017 PrintWeek Awards in the ‘Industrial Digital Printer of the Year’ category. Known for being the most prestigious event in the UK print industry’s calendar, the PrintWeek Awards took place at a Gala Dinner at the Grosvenor […]

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New Managing Director for PCS

  • 02.10.2017
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services is delighted to announce that Adam Unsworth has become the new managing Director of the company. Previous managing Director Rob Nicholls has taken the decision to step down from the role and focus on new projects, although will remain as joint owner of the company with Tim Holt. Rob Nicholls commented “As the 25th anniversary […]

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LogoCard Supports Pink Tribute Cause

  • 28.09.2017
  • Company News

The fight against breast cancer is an issue faced by so many women and LogoCard are delighted to stand alongside Pink Tribute by donating all profits from the sale of Limited edition Pink Tribute contactless protection cards. Mette Christian Jacobsen, Director of LogoCard commented “I am really pleased to support Pink Tribute, a non-profit organisation, […]

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New Website For PCS Partner LogoCard

  • 27.09.2017
  • Company News

As part of our ongoing partnership with Scandinavian based LogoCard, we are pleased to announce the launch of its brand new responsive website www.logocardgroup.com. Designed to showcase the products and services on offer and featuring a user-friendly navigation, the site will make it easier for current and prospective customers to access information as well as […]

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PCS Opens Its Doors For Annual Photography Competition

  • 08.08.2017
  • Uncategorised

Plastic Card Services has opened its doors in support of the annual EEF Photography Competition. Now in its 8th year the competition is asking photographers of all levels to submit images that capture the essence of modern manufacturing for the chance to win a share of the £5,000 prize fund. Photographs can portray any stage […]

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PCS Set To Exhibit At The Print Show

  • 28.07.2017
  • Company News

We are pleased to confirm that Plastic Card Services will be exhibiting for the first time at The Print Show, taking place during 11-13th October 2017 at Telford International Centre. Now in its third year, this annual event provides a fantastic place to network with peers, whilst getting the lowdown on the latest trends throughout […]

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New Digital Card Production Facility

  • 01.06.2017
  • Company News

In developing our ongoing growth strategy we have recently made a significant investment of over £1 million to establish a completely separate digital card production facility sited on our modern manufacturing campus here in Macclesfield. We are committed to offering you the most up-to-date and efficient service possible which is why when choosing equipment for […]

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Adam Unsworth – Q&A with the Manchester Evening News

  • 10.05.2017
  • Company News

PCS Sales Director, Adam Unsworth took time out to discuss his job with the Manchester Evening News. See the transcript below What made you want to get into this line of work? I studied product design at university and had often thought about a creative or design career. But in truth, I stumbled into the […]

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PCS receives two nominations for the 2017 Made in the North West Awards

  • 19.04.2017
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services is delighted to have been nominated for two categories in the 2017 Made in the North West Awards which will take place on Thursday 4 May at the Bolton Whites’ Macron Stadium. Now in their fifth year, Insider’s Made in the North West Awards are a celebration of all that’s great about […]

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Meet the Team – Q&A with Tim Holt

  • 30.03.2017
  • Company News

How long have you worked at PCS? Since the beginning, 24 years. What do you do day to day at work? Look at numbers, think of ideas, sleep! Which famous person do you most look like? Gene Hunt. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Jeremy Clarkson, Ian Botham, The Queen, Helen Mirren […]

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A show for the industry, by the industry

  • 01.02.2017
  • Company News

We are excited to announce Plastic Card Services will be exhibiting on stand F40 at PrintWeekLive! taking place during 8-9 March 2017 at the Wasps Arena, Coventry. A brand new annual event created to bring together printing professionals across the whole of the industry, from visitors and speakers to exhibitors and suppliers in one location […]

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PCS looks to the future with a trio of new starters

  • 24.01.2017
  • Company News

Following another successful year of growth, Macclesfield based Plastic Card Services (PCS) is delighted to welcome a trio of new starters to expand its sales and account management teams with the addition of Jim Paterson, Joe Welsh and Andy Philbin. Adam Unsworth Sales Director at PCS commented “With a strategic growth plan in place which over […]

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PCS LANDS INTERNATIONAL CONTRACT TO PROTECT PASSPORTS

  • 01.12.2016
  • Case Studies

Leading UK card manufacturer Plastic Card Services (PCS) and its Scandinavian Sales Agent LogoCard has secured a new international contract to produce over 21,000 e-Passport shields for Danish insurance and banking company Alm. Brand. These e-Passport shields feature the Alm. Brand logo and colours and utilise patented shielding technology from patent holder Voyager Blue (VB) […]

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Meet the Team – Q&A with Adam Unsworth

  • 24.11.2016
  • Company News

How long have you worked at PCS? 15 years. What do you do day to day at work? How long have you got?! Ultimately, I am responsible for sales and marketing. Which famous person do you most look like? I’ve been told I look a bit like Tom Hanks, crossed with Steve McDonald (Coronation Street) […]

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Protection for Contactless Cards and E-Passports

  • 28.10.2016
  • Contactless Shield

Through the use of specially developed patented technology, Plastic Card Services offers protection for contactless payment cards and e-Passports which can simply be slipped into the wallet or purse directly in-front of up to 3 contactless cards or into the e-Passport. Following extensive research and development in conjunction with the patent holder VoyagerBlue (VB), this innovative card shielding technology […]

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We made the 2016 PrintWeek Awards Shortlist

  • 08.09.2016
  • Company News

We are delighted to announce that Plastic Card Services has made the shortlist for the highly sought after 2016 PrintWeek Awards in the ‘SME of the Year’ category. The PrintWeek Awards is known for being the most prestigious event in the UK print industry’s calendar, and the winners will be announced during a Gala Dinner […]

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We are an NXP MIFARE® Registered Partner!

  • 18.08.2016
  • Company News

We are extremely proud to announce that Plastic Card Services® has been awarded MIFARE Registered Partner Status. Over the last 20 years MIFARE has become the leading contactless smart card IC platform used in numerous applications worldwide with all products complying with the international standard ISO/IEC 14443, which is used in more than 80% of […]

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Weathering the storm of Brexit with the BBC

  • 27.07.2016
  • Company News

Macclesfield based Plastic Card Services were delighted to represent the UK print industry through both national radio and television broadcasts with the BBC which took place from its purpose built manufacturing facility in Cheshire. Originally approached by BBC Radio FiveLive to discuss the impact Brexit has had in the workplace amongst colleagues and friends, BBC’s […]

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The Results Are In!

  • 20.06.2016
  • Company News

We are delighted to announce that Plastic Card Services has been named as one of five top places to work in the UK’s plastics industry at the inaugural PRW Best Places to Work in the UK Plastics Industry programme. The process was managed for PRW by Best Companies Group (BCG) who specialise in identifying and […]

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Loyalty Is Not Just For Big Business – Boutique Magazine

  • 31.05.2016
  • Loyalty Schemes

Adam Unsworth, Sales Director at Plastic Card Services® spoke with Boutique Magazine about how loyalty schemes can work for small independents and not just big businesses, read the transcript below. Loyalty schemes have been around for longer than you may think, and it’s not just large corporations that can benefit from them, but smaller independent […]

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PCS Shortlisted For Made In The North West Awards

  • 20.04.2016
  • Company News

The finalists for the 2016 Insider Made in the North West awards has been revealed, and PCS are delighted to be in the running for the Manufacturing Company of the Year award. These prestigious awards celebrate the region’s engineering and manufacturing expertise and achievements, with the winners being announced at a black-tie awards ceremony at […]

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Andy Simpson – Q&A with PrintWeek

  • 12.04.2016
  • Company News

Our very own Andy Simpson recently appeared in Print Week’s regular Q&A section. Here is a transcript of the feature: George Clooney lookalike Andy first stepped into the world of print when he started work at Plastic Card Services 18 years ago. Married with two children, and recently a grandfather, he describes himself as “a […]

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Introducing The New Website From Plastic Card Services

  • 18.03.2016
  • Company News

As part of a complete brand overhaul, Plastic Card Services (PCS) are pleased to announce the launch of its brand new responsive website www.plastic-card-services.co.uk.  Featuring a striking new look and user-friendly navigation, the site will make it easier for current and prospective customers to access information on the products and services offered as well as […]

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Loyalty Schemes Through the Years

  • 27.01.2016
  • Infographic

For many the start of a new year offers the perfect chance to reflect at what has come and gone, as well as providing a great opportunity to plan ahead for the future. Plastic Card Services has taken a look back at how loyalty schemes have developed over the years (Click image for full size). […]

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Another New Appointment At Plastic Card Services

  • 04.01.2016
  • Company News

Tytherington based Plastic Card Services (PCS) is continuing its growth strategy with the appointment of Shaune Morris as a Litho Printer. Having previously trained as an apprentice printer until the company he worked for was bought out and went into liquidation, Shaune went on to pursue a career through his hobby of exotic reptiles by […]

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Getting personal

  • 30.09.2015
  • Loyalty Schemes

With two major brands making the move into delivering a higher level of personalisation; Coca-Cola with its ‘share a coke’ and now Snickers changing its packaging to ‘Hunger Bars’ it appears that the personal touch is even more important than ever in a bid for brands to stand out from the crowd.

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New Appointment at PCS

  • 16.09.2015
  • Company News

Leading plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS) has appointed Louise Ray as Marketing Communications Manager. With more than 14 years PR and marketing experience, Louise joins PCS in the newly created role, and will help elevate the PCS brand amongst both new and existing clients. Adam Unsworth of PCS commented “With year on year […]

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PCS Make the Shortlist For the PrintWeek 2015 Awards

  • 16.09.2015
  • Company News

Leading plastic card manufacturer Plastic Card Services (PCS) are celebrating making it onto the PrintWeek 2015 Awards shortlist for ‘SME of the Year’ category, where the winner will be announced during a prestigious Gala Dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Monday 19 October. With over 600 entries being submitted, the PrintWeek 2015 Awards […]

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Loyalty cards for a small business

  • 02.07.2015
  • Articles

Loyalty cards for a small business may seem like an expense to avoid but it actually has the power to ensure your business not only survives but grows the way you want. The team at Plastic Card Services can help design the perfect loyalty cards for your brand and we have technical partnerships to implement […]

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What are smart cards?

  • 02.07.2015
  • Articles

Smart cards are widely used in many industries and are so versatile that you can be sure they’ll be useful for any number of situations. With contact and contactless options available, Plastic Card Services have a range of solutions to meet your needs, whatever they may be. Smart cards are plastic cards with a chip […]

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Advantages of loyalty cards

  • 02.07.2015
  • Articles

There are plenty of advantages of loyalty cards that can make them incredibly important to businesses of any size and for a number of reasons. They provide benefits to the business and its customers, presenting a win-win situation for all involved when used correctly and Plastic Card Services can help you create the perfect loyalty […]

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High quality business cards

  • 02.07.2015
  • Articles

Business cards are a popular tool in any professional’s arsenal and because they are so common, it’s easy to hand them out to everyone you meet without thinking, merely hoping that yours is the one that ends up on top and might generate some new business. At Plastic Card Services, we know that business cards […]

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How do key fobs work?

  • 02.07.2015
  • Articles

Key fobs are a popular way to restrict access to buildings, and areas within them, as well as store information that makes them very popular for businesses. Whether it’s in an office or hotel security system to limit access to the designated areas or a business looking for a more convenient membership or rewards scheme, […]

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What is a contactless payment?

  • 10.06.2015
  • Articles

A contactless payment occurs when you pay with a card that doesn’t make contact with the reader, as is normal with chip and swipe cards. Using RFID technology, the card in question only has to be in close proximity to the device for the signal to be picked up and the payment authorised – although […]

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Personalised ID cards

  • 10.06.2015
  • Articles

There are many reasons why personalised ID cards are worth considering. They allow you to ensure everyone who works for or is a guest of your business is easily identifiable and allows for security measures to be implemented that restricts access to sensitive areas to only those who need it. Of course, personalised ID cards […]

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Custom plastic business cards

  • 10.06.2015
  • Articles

Business cards are important for many professionals. They make it easier to network with other professionals and businesses as well as reaching out to new clients and customers. The quality of a business card can be an indicator of how important that professional or company values the connection or business so it’s essential to have […]

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Custom membership cards

  • 10.06.2015
  • Articles

Membership cards are a great way to entice and reward customers who repeatedly return to use a service or product. Not only do they allow a business to collect certain information that can be used to improve their experience but it can also allow you to tailor offers and promotions to their needs, as well […]

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What are loyalty cards?

  • 10.06.2015
  • Articles

Loyalty cards are used by businesses for a number of reasons and they can be extremely effective tools for marketing, customer retention and more. As competition increases, it’s important to stand out and remind your customers why you are the best choice for a particular product or service and loyalty schemes and cards are a […]

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PCS Scoop Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Award

  • 28.05.2015
  • Company News

Leading plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), is celebrating after being crowned the winner of the Advanced Manufacturing/Technology category at the 2015 Insider Made in the North West Awards. Leading plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), is celebrating after being crowned the winner of the Advanced Manufacturing/Technology category at the 2015 Insider Made […]

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PCS Celebrates Record Growth With Trio Of New Starters

  • 27.05.2015
  • Company News

Plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has made three new appointments in its business, administration and printing divisions following a 31 per cent increase in its year-to-date turnover. The recruits follow several new wins for the company, including Wyevale Garden Centre, Gourmet Society and Danish company, Matas, all of which total more than £4.5m […]

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Double sided business cards

  • 07.05.2015
  • Articles

Double sided business cards allow you to make the most of the limited space you have available. Business cards are a great way to quickly and easily share your details and business with others, whether they’re contacts from other businesses or potential customers. They should reflect the business you represent and the link should be […]

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What is a contactless card?

  • 07.05.2015
  • Articles

A contactless card is one of the more recent plastic cards available that uses RFID technology to enable the transmission of data without the contact required with chip and magnetic strip cards. It is a quicker way to authorise payments, for example, and removes the need for a signature or pin code to confirm your […]

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Advantages of plastic cards

  • 07.05.2015
  • Articles

Plastic cards have a number of advantages that can help your business and they are so versatile that you can use them in a wide range of situations. Having cards made of plastic means they are more durable and long-lasting, making them a better investment than paper options, and as we are committed to helping […]

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Key cards for businesses

  • 07.05.2015
  • Articles

Key cards for businesses are a great way to help improve security, whether you have a single office or multiple locations. With the right system, you can make sure every employee has access only to the areas they need to do their job and they also stop unauthorised people from entering the area and disrupting […]

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Britain’s Biggest Spenders Prefer Traditional Approach to Loyalty

  • 13.02.2015
  • Loyalty Schemes

Britain’s biggest spenders still prefer a traditional approach when it comes to loyalty, despite the increasing use of mobile commerce in retail. A survey of British consumers aged over 55 revealed that, despite 91 per cent claiming to own a mobile or smartphone, a huge 80 per cent said they would still prefer to have […]

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PCS Sees Record Start to Financial Year

  • 13.11.2014
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services (PCS) is celebrating its best ever start to a financial year, following a 40 per cent increase in turnover versus 2013. The manufacturer of plastic cards and associated services which is headquartered in Macclesfield, Cheshire, has seen a dramatic increase in revenue in the first five months of its financial year (May […]

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PCS Invests in Team With New Appointments

  • 31.07.2014
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services (PCS), has made four new appointments in its sales and account handling divisions to bolster its growing team. Experienced print industry professional, John Willocks, who previously worked at printers, Heaton Press, joins PCS’ five-strong account management team. In his new role, he will support the growing number of client accounts, maintaining excellent […]

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PCS Secures New ID Contract

  • 30.07.2014
  • Case Studies

Leading plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has secured a new contract to manufacture the ONEID4u 18+ proof of age card, for print management company, Cards 4U. The contract will see PCS produce a new, Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) standardised design, including the requisite PASS hologram of authenticity. Despite the standardised look, […]

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Which plastic cards would the retail sector benefit from?

  • 27.07.2014
  • Articles

Plastic cards are perhaps one of only a few commodities which are regularly used across a number of different industries, and as such this has made them a universal product.

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What are the benefits of clear plastic business cards?

  • 25.07.2014
  • Articles

Plastic cards have become so popular that they are now seen as a necessity in many industries, with businesses in the banking and retail sectors perhaps being their biggest exponents.

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What are the benefits of a frosted plastic card?

  • 22.07.2014
  • Articles

With so many variations of plastic card available it can become quite difficult to choose a style which is best suited to you, but if you are looking to make a good first impression then you may be interested in the benefits that a frosted card introduces.

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What are the benefits of a contactless smart card?

  • 19.07.2014
  • Articles

One of the more recent developments in the security sector has been the arrival of the contactless smart card.

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Three reasons why you should invest in a plastic card

  • 16.07.2014
  • Articles

When it comes to giving your business that all-important edge over your competitors, it’s important that you embrace the latest trends that are emerging in the market.

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How simple is it to implement a plastic membership card system into your business?

  • 12.07.2014
  • Articles

If you have a business which relies on repeat custom, it is essential that you ensure your supply matches your demand.

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How simple is it to implement a plastic loyalty card system into your business?

  • 08.07.2014
  • Articles

If you have a business which relies on repeat custom, it is essential that you ensure your supply matches your demand.

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How simple is it to implement a key card system into your business?

  • 04.07.2014
  • Articles

One of the most important factors of ensuring that your business and its assets are protected is to implement an effective security system, and with so many potential threats occurring in the current day and age it helps to have as much help as you can get.

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Which plastic cards could my business benefit from?

  • 03.07.2014
  • Articles

Plastic cards are used for a variety of different purposes across a range of industries, and as such they are one of a few universal products which are truly universal.

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Five reasons why using plastic cards is right for your business

  • 01.07.2014
  • Articles

Incorporating a plastic card into your business can have a major impact on your businesses successes, with the unique design being used throughout the world for a number of different purposes.

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What materials are used in the production plastic cards?

  • 30.06.2014
  • Articles

If you are considering using a plastic card system in conjunction with your business, then it is important that you choose a design which is both functional and durable.

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What benefits does having a personalised card have over a plain one?

  • 27.06.2014
  • Articles

Plastic cards are used for a variety of different purposes across a range of industries, and as such they are one of a few universal products which are truly universal.

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Can you use your own designs when choosing a plastic card?

  • 24.06.2014
  • Articles

With so many new businesses and organisations emerging each year, it is getting increasingly difficult to offer something that is different and unique.

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What are the benefits of blank plastic business cards?

  • 20.06.2014
  • Articles

Plastic cards are one of the most widely used commodities throughout the civilised world today and as a result of this many businesses are now using them as part of their operations.

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How safe are plastic library cards?

  • 17.06.2014
  • Articles

One of the most important aspects of running a successful library is that you ensure that there is a healthy level of repeat custom.

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How safe are plastic smart cards?

  • 14.06.2014
  • Articles

Having a business in the 21st Century often means embracing the latest advances in modern technology and with so many new ideas floating around, there are endless possibilities that you and your business could achieve.

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How safe are plastic membership cards?

  • 11.06.2014
  • Articles

When it comes to running a successful business, one of the most important aspects of ensuring its future is secure is to establish a following.

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How environmentally friendly are plastic cards?

  • 09.06.2014
  • Articles

Climate change is very much on the agenda in recent years and as such many companies and governments are actively making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint by making the world an environmentally friendly place.

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How safe are plastic key cards?

  • 06.06.2014
  • Articles

If you are thinking about switching from a traditional key in place of a plastic key card for your business, then it is paramount that you consider the security aspects of this.

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How safe are plastic loyalty cards?

  • 03.06.2014
  • Articles

If you have a business which benefits from repeat custom then one of the best ways of keeping customers loyal is to introduce a loyalty card system.

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Why key fob cards might benefit your business

  • 30.04.2014
  • Articles

Keeping your customers happy is one of the fundamental rules towards running a successful business and that means making their experience as simple as possible.

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Why would you consider purchasing a blank plastic card?

  • 29.04.2014
  • Articles

Plastic cards are an important aspect of any business and regardless of what industry you operate in, whether it’s retail, utilities or any other sector, you can be sure that you will have encountered someone who uses them.

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Five benefits of personalised plastic cards

  • 27.04.2014
  • Articles

In order to set yourself apart from the crowd it’s important that you have something which is different and hasn’t been seen before, which is why personalisation is such an important asset in business today.

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What industries could benefit from the use of plastic cards?

  • 25.04.2014
  • Articles

Plastic cards are perhaps one of only a few commodities which are regularly used across a number of different industries, and as such this has made them a universal product.

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What sizes can I choose for my plastic card?

  • 19.04.2014
  • Articles

The great thing about plastic cards is that not only are they capable of storing vast amounts of information in a sturdy design, but they can also be personalised to your specifications too.

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What are the benefits of plastic card embossing?

  • 16.04.2014
  • Articles

If you have a business which works in a competitive market then it is important that you differentiate yourself from others in order to get noticed.

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The benefits of numbering your plastic card

  • 13.04.2014
  • Articles

Having the ability to keep a record of your operations is a very important aspect of running a successful business.

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Using blank plastic cards for your business

  • 10.04.2014
  • Articles

Your brand image is vital when it comes to running a successful business, so the way in which you portray yourself to your clients is important if you want to achieve this.

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What are the benefits of blank plastic cards?

  • 07.04.2014
  • Articles

Whether you work as part of a major corporation or you are an individual looking to make a name for yourself, then implementing the use of plastic cards can prove to be a great tactic that can help bring you the results you desire.

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What should you consider when personalising your plastic card?

  • 04.04.2014
  • Articles

If you run a business, whether you are an independent retailer or a major corporation, then it is important that you create your own identity.

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Why having artwork on your plastic cards can benefit your business

  • 29.03.2014
  • Articles

Whether you have an established business with years of experience or you are a brand new start-up company, creating yourself an identity is still a major element of your business’ longevity and success.

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Why artwork is necessary for your plastic card

  • 26.03.2014
  • Articles

One of the great things about introducing artwork to your plastic cards is that you can have as much freedom with the design as you wish.

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What are the benefits of barcoding plastic cards?

  • 23.03.2014
  • Articles

If you have a business which incorporates the use of plastic cards, whether you are running a loyalty card scheme, a gift card operation, or if you are simply using them as a means of identification, then you will realise just how important barcoding is to this process.

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In which situations could a barcode be used on your plastic card?

  • 20.03.2014
  • Articles

Barcoding your plastic cards is a great way of storing useful information, such as personal details, company records and even purchase history.

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How important are barcodes for your membership cards?

  • 17.03.2014
  • Articles

As a business, it is important that you keep track of your customers because without knowing certain details you will struggle to be successful and it can cost you in the long term.

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How can barcoding your card benefit your company?

  • 14.03.2014
  • Articles

If you have a business which actively uses plastic cards, then it may be in your best interest to incorporate a barcoding system as part of that.

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How barcoding your plastic cards can prevent fraud

  • 14.03.2014
  • Articles

One of biggest problems facing the world today in terms of its technological uses is fraud, with millions of people having felt the effects of this in one form or another.

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How artwork on your plastic cards can affect your business throughout the year

  • 11.03.2014
  • Articles

Plastic cards have taken the business world by storm as they have proved to be an inexpensive and reliable means of storing information, having been used for various different purposes such as identification, membership and even reward schemes.

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How artwork can help personalise your membership cards

  • 08.03.2014
  • Articles

It is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to attract customers in the modern era, especially if you are a smaller ‘start-up’ company, so finding something that sets you apart from the crowds is of high importance.

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Can artwork on your plastic card make a difference?

  • 05.03.2014
  • Articles

If you are operating a business which has taken advantage of the numerous benefits which plastic cards offer, then you may be interested in adding a bit of a personal touch to proceedings.

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The Benefits of a Good Hotel Key Card Supplier

  • 16.02.2014
  • Articles

When you are looking for a supplier for key cards for your hotel, it’s important to consider a wide range of factors.

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How Secure are Traditional Hotel Key Cards?

  • 13.02.2014
  • Articles

Security is a big thing everywhere. Whether it’s personal information, your belongings or financial security, you can’t leave anything to chance.

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How Can Membership Cards Offer Benefits to Your Members?

  • 10.02.2014
  • Articles

Membership schemes don’t always have to have cards to be successful.

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How Can I use Plastic Cards to Improve Security?

  • 07.02.2014
  • Articles

Plastic cards have a wide range of uses that can be of great benefit to your business when used correctly.

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Are Hotel Key Cards Secure?

  • 04.02.2014
  • Articles

There will always be questions over how secure a piece of technology really is.

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PCS Goes Green For Denmark’s Largest Retailer

  • 01.01.2014
  • Case Studies

Card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has picked up a new contract with Denmark’s largest retailer, Coop Danmark, thanks to its industry-leading environmental credentials. The contract will see the Macclesfield-based company supply loyalty cards for Coop Danmark, which has over 1,200 outlets and is Denmark’s most popular loyalty card scheme, with over 1.7 million active […]

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PCS Rolls Out New Barburrito Card

  • 01.01.2014
  • Case Studies

Card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has secured a new contract with Barburrito. The deal will see the Macclesfield manufacturer roll out a fresh new loyalty card and key fob design for the fast food chain. Card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has secured a new contract with Barburrito. The deal will see the Macclesfield […]

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What is a RFID shield card?

  • 26.11.2013
  • Articles

With the arrival of new technologies there are always going to be people out there who are looking to take advantage of it at the misfortune of others, and this is the case when it comes to RFID or Radio-Frequency Identification.

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Using your business loyalty card system effectively

  • 23.11.2013
  • Articles

Introducing a loyalty card system into your business can unlock a number of useful benefits when used effectively, while it can also work wonders for your customers too as they will be more inclined to want to shop with you in future.

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Using hotel keycards to improve hotel efficiency

  • 20.11.2013
  • Articles

The introduction of new technologies has made our lives much simpler than ever before imagined and in a lot of cases it has made us more efficient too.

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Using hotel keycards to cut costs across your business

  • 17.11.2013
  • Articles

If you are in the hotel industry then you will understand how difficult it can be to keep costs down while still being able to fend off competition.

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Three key business benefits of a loyalty card program

  • 14.11.2013
  • Articles

With the state of the current economic climate, an increasing amount of businesses are struggling to stay afloat so as a result they are coming up with new ideas of how to become successful.

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Three key business benefits of a gift card system

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

Introducing a gift card system into your business can be very beneficial as it is a useful means of increasing sales and building brand awareness, making it an excellent marketing tool.

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The benefits of high quality library cards

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

The simple fact of the matter is that without library cards you wouldn’t be able to rent any books or other such items and that would render the idea useless.

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Operating an effective gift card system across your business

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

There are a number of reasons as to why you should introduce a gift card system to your business, but in order to reap the benefits you must be able to use it effectively.

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Key fob cards – a great key ring accessory

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

One of the best things about having a key fob card is that you can easily store useful information a safe and accessible location without having to worry about losing or damaging it.

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Can RFID shield cards improve my security?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

With the introduction of new technology there are always going to be individuals who will look to exploit that for their own personal gain and this has been the fear with Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID).

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Why should my business consider RFID shield cards?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

We are fortunate enough to live in a world where new technologies are feely available to us on a regular-basis and in terms of businesses using them it means that they are constantly improving the services that they provide.

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Where can I find a good printed credit card style card manufacturer?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

Plastic cards are used in a number of useful functions in modern society and their popularity has made them an ever-present figure in our lives.

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Gift cards – a great birthday present

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

What do you want for your birthday? I dunno – sound familiar? Whenever someone’s birthday comes around there’s always that one person who can never make their mind up, so it becomes an almost impossible task trying to find them a suitable gift.

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Choosing a good smart card manufacturer

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

Investing in smart cards for your business can be a huge benefit for a number of different reasons as the sophisticated design of the plastic card can help keep your company ahead of the competition in the technologically advanced world of business.

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Choosing a good plastic card manufacturer

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

No matter what line of business you are in, incorporating a plastic card as part of your service is a great way of attracting new customers and increasing productivity among your staff.

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Choosing a good photo ID cards manufacturer

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

When it comes to plastic cards, having a photo ID card is one of the most popular and useful choices among people as they possess so many benefits.

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What should I look for in a good card manufacturer?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

Plastic cards serve a number of important uses in the world today and as a business it is important that you find a manufacturer who can deliver you a quality product that lasts.

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Choosing a good loyalty card manufacturer

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

By introducing a loyalty card system into your business you are unlocking a huge amount of potential for both yourself and your customers, as the benefits that it can introduce are endless.

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Choosing a good key fob card manufacturer

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

The popularity of key fobs in recent years has seen a major increase in production as many businesses are taking advantage of this craze so their customers can keep a membership card or loyalty card on them at all times.

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Choosing a good hotel key cards manufacturer

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

If you are running a hotel business then one of the most important things to ensure is that you operate with the highest security measures in place, otherwise you could be at risk from theft and could potentially lose you a lot of custom as people will question the safety of their goods.

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Where can I get printed credit card style cards?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

In general, plastic card is a term which can be applied to a number of items.

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What should I look for in a good photo ID card supplier?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

In today’s day and age, having a photo ID card is one of the most important forms of identification available as they are used throughout life as we know it.

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What should I look for in a good membership card supplier?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

If you have a business which is looking for ways to expand and generate more income, then one of the best methods of achieving this is to offer out membership cards to your customers – that way you can gain loyal followers who will continue to spend with you.

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What should I look for in a good loyalty card supplier?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

If you have a company which has quite a large following and as such you are generating a lot of revenue, then loyalty and membership cards are going to be a core part of your day-to-day business.

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What should I look for in a good library card supplier?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

One of the most important aspects of a library is the use of library cards, because not only does it enable customers to purchase or rent items, it also allows you to keep track of those items and generate other useful information such as stock levels and purchase habits which will help you prioritise expenditure more accordingly.

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What should I look for in a good hotel key cards supplier?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

If you are running a hotel then the most important thing is the welfare and happiness of your guests, because in the grand scheme of things it is them who are keeping you in business.

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What should I look for in a good gift card supplier?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

For businesses, introducing gift cards can be a very useful method of building brand awareness as well as being an excellent marketing tool.

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What are the benefits of an RFID shield card?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

The introduction of new technology has the potential to change the way we live for the better thanks to the benefits and new features that it presents, but despite this there are always some individuals who will look to misuse this for personal gain.

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How does an RFID shield card work?

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

Although you may not know it, you may indeed have a credit or debit card which is transmitting your account information even when it is not in use – meaning you could potentially become the victim of fraudsters.

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Five reasons why gift cards are a great idea

  • 11.11.2013
  • Articles

Buying a gift for somebody can be quite challenging, because no matter how good you think you are at buying presents, there is always somebody who can make it difficult for you.

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Shoppers Missing Out On Millions From Loyalty Cards

  • 14.08.2013
  • Loyalty Schemes

British shoppers are sitting on hundreds of millions of pounds worth of unused loyalty card points, according to new research. Just under £220m goes unspent annually, as five per cent of card owners – some 2.24m people – admit they never cash their points in when making a purchase. It means that, despite three decades […]

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Why might my business implement picture ID cards?

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

There are several reasons as to why having a picture ID card in the workplace is useful, with the most important benefits being security and identification. Implementing a picture ID card into your business is essential if you want to run an effective business that is free from security breaches and fraudsters; a problem that […]

where-can-i-find-a-good-membership-card-manufacturer

Where can I find a good membership card manufacturer?

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

Technology is forever improving and its creations are changing the way society lives, with one of the major breakthroughs being the use of plastic cards to store information as well as other uses.

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What should I look for in a good card printing service?

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

Plastic cards are fast becoming the most popular choice of sharing and storing hard information, with the majority of people using several at a time throughout their daily lives.

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What benefits could my business see from custom photo ID cards?

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

Businesses in the 21st Century are constantly under threat from criminals or rivals looking to get an upper hand on them by stealing their information or equipment, making security one of the biggest assets in business.

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What benefits can a room key card bring to a hotel business?

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

If you are running a hotel business then it is important that you operate with the highest security measures in place, otherwise you could be at risk from theft and this could ward of guests from wanting to use your hotel.

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The top three reasons to get a membership card

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

In the current economic climate, people are continuously looking for ways of cutting back on their expenditure by squeezing every penny that they can.

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The benefits of a picture ID card

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

Having a photo ID card is a mainstay in modern society, up there as being one of the items that you don’t leave home without alongside keys and a mobile phone.

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How can the use of smartcards benefit my business?

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

Modern technological advances have made it possible for businesses to increase productivity while also enhancing their security – two traits that are essential if you want your business to be successful.

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Five popular gift card choices

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

Buying a present for somebody can be quite difficult as you are often stuck for choice on what to get your loved one, so more and more people have been switching to the popular gift card option which puts the power into the receiver’s hands.

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Are there any benefits of bespoke plastic cards?

  • 12.08.2013
  • Articles

Everything is customisable in today’s day and age, as many people are looking to make themselves as unique as possible by creating their own image.

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Why are dining cards so popular?

  • 01.08.2013
  • Membership Schemes

Dining out is still popular at the moment, but consumers are looking for smarter ways to enjoy life’s luxuries. While in the past vouchers and discount cards weren’t in vogue, today’s diners are more than happy to utilise offers to enable them to treat themselves more often, without worrying so much about the cost. Employers […]

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How To… Enhance Loyalty Schemes In The Travel Industries

  • 01.08.2013
  • Loyalty Schemes

Going abroad on holiday remains a popular annual pastime, with an average 7.3m Britons jetting off to the sun last August alone [1]. Many see this time away as a luxury purchase and, particularly in the current economic climate, actively aim to save money by seeking out budget airlines, package deals and online price comparison […]

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Small Scale Loyalty Reaps Big Rewards

  • 01.08.2013
  • Loyalty Schemes

The loyalty market is big business in the UK. Nearly 44m people own a loyalty card, and almost 70 per cent believe being a member of a loyalty club makes them more likely to make repeat purchases. And, despite plastic loyalty cards celebrating their thirtieth anniversary last year, their popularity is still increasing with more […]

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PCS Walks Its Way to Success In Charity Fundraiser

  • 19.07.2013
  • Company News

Four employees from Macclesfield-based Plastic Card Services (PCS) have raised an impressive £1,800 on a 24 hour, 54-mile charity walk across the Peak District. Rob Nicholls, Adam Unsworth, Chris Dunn and Shaun Hinchy all took part in Trekfest, managing to beat their fundraising target of £1,200. The team will split the £1,800 between their four […]

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Why too many membership cards is never enough

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

In the current economic climate, people have had to change their spending methods in order to keep their finances secure and they have resorted to looking for new ways to reduce their expenditure.

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Why key card security is becoming commonplace in business

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

Introducing a security key card system into your business is imperative the modern age, as it is one of the most effective methods of ensuring that your operations are secure.

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Why businesses are choosing to invest in photo ID cards for their employees

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

If you are operating a business in the modern environment, you will need to make sure that your security is of a high standard; such are the risks that are posed to your company. Many businesses have recently started to update their security systems and one of the most popular choices is the introduction of […]

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Photo ID cards – a handy accessory

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

We live in a time where people are becoming increasingly absorbed in creating an identity for themselves through the various different mediums that technology has created, but one of the most effective and recognised methods of proving your identity is a photo ID card.

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Key fob cards – a handy accessory

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

Having a key fob card is a useful way of accessing your information without damaging it by storing it in your wallet. The reduced size means that you can easily attach it to a set of keys or a chain without worrying about losing it or damaging it, while the smaller dimensions help makes it […]

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How to use your loyalty card scheme to maximum effect

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

How to use your loyalty card scheme to maximum effect Following the recession, businesses have had to make some drastic changes in order to keep themselves afloat and fend off the competition. Businesses are looking to run their operations in the most cost-effective way possible and this has led them to come up with new […]

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How can I optimise my business security through the use of key cards?

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

Whether you have a business that uses small or large facilities, you will need a safe and secure method of ensuring that it is protected and one of the best ways of achieving this is through the use of key cards.

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Hotel key cards – improved safety for your next vacation

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

Whenever you go on holiday and leave your hotel room to take in the scenery or partake in some activities, the last thing you will want is for someone to steal your belongings from your room while you are away.

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Gift cards – an excellent choice for those tough situations

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

Gift cards – an excellent choice for those tough situations Buying a gift for somebody can be quite challenging, because no matter how good you think you are at buying presents, there is always somebody who can make it difficult for you. You don’t want to look like you haven’t put any effort in, so […]

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Five major benefits of a loyalty card scheme

  • 10.07.2013
  • Articles

Introducing a loyalty card to your business can be a fantastic way of generating business and attracting new customers, as it could help to get more publicity for your company.

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Time Out London Gives PCS a Great Offer

  • 04.07.2013
  • Case Studies

Time Out London has awarded a 25,000 unit contract to national plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS). The deal will see PCS create a card for a brand new discounts and benefits programme – initially for London – providing offers and benefits across a range of activities from restaurants, to theatres and zoos. Working […]

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Using security cards in the workplace

  • 04.06.2013
  • Articles

The advances of technology in recent years has made the world a much simpler and safer place thanks to all the precautions that have been implemented, making it harder for fraudsters and criminal organisations to commit their crimes.

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The Key Uses of Photo ID Cards

  • 04.06.2013
  • Articles

Photo ID cards have quickly cemented their place as an invaluable addition to any wallet and across society they are now a popular option for people who need to carry a form of ID with them at all times.

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Running an effective loyalty card program

  • 04.06.2013
  • Articles

In modern business, some retail companies have come to rely on loyalty card programs as an effective tool for customer retention.

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Putting your business ahead through a strong loyalty card system

  • 04.06.2013
  • Articles

In the current economic climate businesses are looking for new and innovative ways to boost their clientele and they are trying to do it in the most cost-effective way possible.

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Personalising your plastic cards

  • 04.06.2013
  • Articles

The increase in cyber-crime and identity-fraud has seen a surge in the level of importance that is being attached to security in the workplace throughout different organisations. There has and always will be the need for identification for your employees in order to identify who they are and what role they play at your company, […]

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Keeping your information safe with key fob cards

  • 04.06.2013
  • Articles

The use of plastic key fob cards has seen an enormous increase in popularity, especially for organisations who want their customers to keep a membership card or loyalty card with them at all times.

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How membership cards can save time and money

  • 04.06.2013
  • Articles

Whether you are a student looking to cut back on spending here and there, or you are a professional looking to climb the corporate ladder, then you will be trying your hardest to squeeze every penny wherever you can.

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How card embossing can help to add a personal touch

  • 04.06.2013
  • Articles

There are a number of ways to add the personal touch to your plastic cards – by including the card holders’ name or a unique number you immediately give the impression that the card is of great importance and needs to be retained for future use.

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What is a photo ID card?

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

Photo ID cards play an important role in modern society and whether they are University ID cards, a driver’s license or even a work ID card, they go a long way towards enhancing security across the board.

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Should my hotel consider using keycard security?

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

Whenever you are on holiday, safety is paramount and if you are a hotel owner or operator then chances are that you will want to ensure that the safety of your guests is your number one priority. Although hotels are generally safe places as a whole, unfortunately from time to time thieves can get into […]

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Do many businesses use keycard security?

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

As businesses continue to grow and develop, security becomes increasingly important across the board and as such, businesses are constantly looking for ways to improve their security and offer new, innovative security features to their staff members. In recent years, keycard security has really come to the forefront as a popular option for many businesses […]

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Why might I use hotel keycards over traditional keys?

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

As a hotel owner or operator, your number one priority will be the safety of your guests and ensuring that your guests feel safe and secure means ensuring that their valuables and their rooms are firmly locked at all times.

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How do loyalty cards work?

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

In a tough economic climate people are always looking for a way to attract and retain customers, and really give themselves an edge on their competitors – in recent years loyalty card schemes have come to the forefront as a popular way of being a very cost-effective way of keeping the overheads and additional costs down for a business, as well as attracting in new customers across the board.

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Can my business receive real benefits from a loyalty card system?

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

Every time you step into a department store you are usually confronted by some kind of offer, or reward scheme that the business can offer to you.

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Can I get a good financial return from running a loyalty card system?

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are running a business then chances are that your eyes will always be on the pound signs, and implementing schemes which offer a real financial return for your business is something that you will be looking to do across the board.

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Why a keycard can give your business better levels of security

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

In the modern environment, security is key across the board and for a business this is one of the most important elements to your office, ensuring that your staff feel relaxed, safe and secure and can easily focus on their work.

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Why might a loyalty card system appeal to my customers?

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

As a modern consumer, price and product quality are two of the most important elements that you will take into consideration before you make a purchase, and as a retailer these are two of the biggest elements that you need to target.

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How to make photo ID cards really work for your business

  • 29.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking to give your business the edge then introducing photo ID cards can not only enhance your professional image, it can also enhance your security and ensure consistency across the board.

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Stena Line Stays Loyal To PCS

  • 17.04.2013
  • Case Studies

Plastic Card Services (PCS) has delivered a further loyalty card order for long-standing client, Stena Line, taking the total cards produced for the ferry company to over 200,000. Macclesfield-based PCS has worked with Stena Line for over 13 years to manufacture and fulfil its Business Traveller and eXtra card schemes. Stena Line began working with […]

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Why is it important to have a photo ID card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Identification is a key part of life, and whether you are at home, out visiting friends or even overseas, having some form of ID on you is important so that you remain safe and secure. Photo ID cards have risen to prominence in the last few years and now they an almost necessity wherever you […]

why-are-hotel-keycards-better-than-traditional-keys

Why are hotel keycards better than traditional keys?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the modern environment we are always looking for new and improved ways to increase security and cut down costs to our business at the same time, and if you are in the hotel industry then one way that you can do this is by introducing hotel keycards to replace traditional keys – saving you […]

where-might-i-need-a-photo-id-card

Where might I need a photo ID card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Photo ID cards are used throughout society as a way of proving who you are and various characteristics that you have – most notably age. In every society there are a number of fairly standard documents which have been designed to allow you to do this easily and these generally include driver’s licenses, passports and […]

what-makes-a-good-hotel-keycard

What makes a good hotel keycard?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

When you are going on holiday some of the top priorities that you will have are safety and security, and in order for you to ensure that these priorities are met, having a secure hotel where you know you can stay safely is incredibly important. In recent years hotel security measures have improved significantly and […]

what-are-the-benefits-of-hotel-keycards

What are the benefits of hotel keycards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In modern society we are constantly looking for ways to use new technology to make things much easier and when it comes to the hotel industry, improving security and accessibility for guests is one way that can really make your hotel a very popular choice among many people. When a person looks for a choice […]

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What are some key advantages of a hotel keycard?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking for great safety and security when you are staying in or operating a hotel, then chances are the way that you secure your doors will play an important role in ensuring that you are able to do this effectively. Although keys have always been a traditional method of ensuring security here, […]

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What are some common uses for Photo ID cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Identification is something that many of us find a use for on a regular basis, and if you are the type of person who is always getting asked for ID, then having a photo ID card on you at all times can be incredibly handy. Whether you need it to prove your age, or simply […]

how-can-my-staff-benefit-from-photo-id-cards

How can my staff benefit from Photo ID cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

When you start at a new business it can often be hard to know exactly who you are dealing with and although over time you will come to learn the names of the people that you work with, if you are in a big organisation it can be difficult to keep track of everybody at […]

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How can my business benefit from Photo ID cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Identification is key in pretty much anything that you do, and having a good photo ID card can go a long way to being able to prove who you are, and making sure that people are able to recognise you in many different situations. Although they are not always essential, in the workplace security is […]

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Car hotel keycards be reused?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

When you are looking to implement a security system in your hotel there are two key things that you will generally look for; firstly you want to make sure that the system you use is quick, efficient and easy to use for your customers and secondly you want to make sure that it’s cost-effective for […]

where-can-i-get-a-good-quality-membership-card

Where can I get a good quality membership card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are business that offers out membership cards as part of a drive to attract in new clients, then you will know the importance of the quality of your membership cards for keeping your clients happy and keeping your costs down at the same time. Although flimsy membership cards could be a quick-fix solution, […]

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What is the benefit of having a plastic library card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Libraries are one of the great free things that we happen to have left in society and for people who love to just relax with a book or a good CD they can be an incredibly popular choice. Libraries lend items for free which means that you don’t have to pay for them, and you […]

what-is-a-smart-card

What is a smart card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

More than just a traditional plastic card, a smart card is a plastic card that comes with integrated and embedded circuits and is designed to integrate closely with other elements of technology to provide you with a technology-driven interface in your workplace or business. Smart cards can be used for a whole host of different […]

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What is a contactless chip card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Plastic cards can do so much more than just fit nicely into your pocket these days, rather they can provide you with a way of communicating remotely through radio waves to convey information which can really help your business. Security is key in any working environment and having a key can be a pain sometimes […]

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What is a contact chip card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Have you ever looked down at your plastic card and wondered why there is a small gold square area in the top left hand corner? Well, many modern smart cards have in-built chips which are designed to allow you to store and communicate information across a network, whether it be for payments, memberships or any […]

what-benefits-can-shielding-technology-bring-to-my-smart-card

What benefits can shielding technology bring to my smart card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Shielding technology is something that is incredibly popular in any type of card creation, and if you are looking to invest in any type of plastic cards then it’s crucial that the cards are created in a stable and sturdy way that you can really rely on. Although smart cards are designed to last, there’s […]

how-important-is-barcoding-to-my-library-card

How important is barcoding to my library card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

There are many techniques that are used throughout the plastic card production process to ensure that they can be easily identified as an individual card rather than just one of a batch, and barcoding is perhaps one of the most important options that we have when we want to really give individuality to one of […]

how-can-the-duplication-of-plastic-cards-be-prevented

How can the duplication of plastic cards be prevented?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are creating plastic cards for a business, particularly membership cards or any other type of card which needs to have a rather individual nature, then it’s really crucial that you don’t duplicate the type of card that you are creating – after all, two identical membership cards can be a nightmare, so it’s […]

how-can-a-smart-card-benefit-my-business

How can a smart card benefit my business?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Smart cards are incredibly intelligent and in the modern environment we are constantly looking for ways to continually improve the way that businesses operate with the continued integration of new and far more advanced technologies. Smart cards are something that has really come to the forefront in recent years for businesses who are looking to […]

can-i-add-shielding-technology-to-my-smart-card

Can I add shielding technology to my smart card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Protection is key for anything that’s important in your life – and if you have a card that you use on a regular basis then chances are that it’s something that’s quite important to you. If you are using a card that has some type of financial information, or you are simply using it as […]

what-can-i-convert-loyalty-card-points-into

What can I convert loyalty card points into?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are the member of an existing loyalty card scheme then chances are that you are well accustomed to saving up points which you can easily use at a later date. Although it’s really easy to lose track of exactly how many loyalty card points you have, when you do get a certain amount […]

what-attracts-customers-to-a-loyalty-card-system

What attracts customers to a loyalty card system?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking to set your business apart from the crowd, then chances are you will be looking at a loyalty card system to encourage them to keep shopping with your brand time and time again. Customers love saving money – and even if you offer the same item as a competitor at the […]

what-are-the-benefits-of-earning-points-on-a-loyalty-card

What are the benefits of earning points on a loyalty card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the modern economic environment we are all looking for ways to save and even if it’s just a couple of pounds here and there, over time it all adds up. One of the main ways that you can save through repeat patronage is by signing up for a loyalty card and this means that […]

what-are-some-popular-uses-for-key-fob-cards

What are some popular uses for key fob cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking for the right mix between a generic plastic card and the key fob that you often carry around on your keychain then a key fob card could be just what you are looking for. Relatively compact in size and able to attach easily to your key chain, key fob cards present […]

keeping-track-of-your-customers-using-membership-cards

Keeping track of your customers using membership cards

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are a business who is looking to create a database of your members then one of the main ways that you might choose to do this is through the use of membership cards. Designed to make your clients feel very much a part of your business, and also to give them benefits and […]

how-safe-is-a-plastic-security-card

How safe is a plastic security card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the modern environment we are seeing that many businesses are starting to shy away from the traditional key entry in favour of a far more modern and more practical plastic card security system. For many businesses using technology is a great way to help cut costs and improve efficiency across the board and a […]

can-plastic-cards-improve-the-security-of-my-business

Can plastic cards improve the security of my business?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Regardless of the type of business that you have, in order for your business to work effectively you need to have a good security system in place, and when you consider the type of system which is right for your business you also need to take into consideration the impact that this system has on […]

can-my-business-reap-the-rewards-of-an-effective-loyalty-card-system

Can my business reap the rewards of an effective loyalty card system?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Loyalty card systems have emerged in recent years as a popular way for many businesses to promote customer retention and they are often seen as a mutually beneficial way for both the shop owner and the customer to receive a reward for their continued service. Popular particularly with customers, loyalty card systems offer a way […]

can-i-have-more-than-one-loyalty-card

Can I have more than one loyalty card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking to save money and be rewarded for continually shopping at the same place, then chances are that you will have looked to join a loyalty card scheme. Designed to reward people who shop at the same place time and time again, loyalty cards can help you to accumulate points each time […]

where-can-i-find-affordable-plastic-cards

Where can I find affordable plastic cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Plastic cards are becoming increasingly popular in business and with a variety of uses it’s not hard to see why these incredibly robust creations are such a popular choice. Plastic cards can be used for a variety of purposes including security, membership cards, business cards and so much more. Their flexible design, sturdy structure and […]

what-is-the-benefit-of-having-a-store-card

What is the benefit of having a store card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the modern environment where everyone is trying to save money, many people are looking for ways to help drive down their costs while still providing a great service to their clients – and in this environment the idea of a membership card has really come to the forefront. Although store cards have been around […]

what-are-some-benefits-of-investing-in-plastic-loyalty-cards

What are some benefits of investing in plastic loyalty cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the current economic climate many people are looking for ways to continually save money and keep their costs down wherever possible. As a consumer, loyalty cards can be a popular choice as a way to save money while purchasing items that you generally need anyway and as such, especially in tough economic times, they […]

how-do-store-cards-work

How do store cards work?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In a tough economic climate many families are looking for every extra way possible to save money and in this type of climate store cards have become increasingly popular. Designed as a way to increase repeat visits and to save money for customers, store card are generally a mutually beneficial arrangement between a store owner […]

do-many-major-retailers-use-store-cards

Do many major retailers use store cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Have you ever found yourself purchasing an item at a shop register only to be offered a store loyalty card or rewards scheme? Store cards are quickly becoming a popular way for many major retailers to draw in customers and ensure that they continue to spend within their store by offering them effective rewards schemes […]

can-i-use-embossing-to-make-my-plastic-cards-stand-out

Can I use embossing to make my plastic cards stand out?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Plastic cards have quickly become an important part of business. Whether it’s a membership card, store card or any other type of card, these small tools are a great way to save money, increase brand exposure and just generally offer a service to clients across the board. The design of your plastic cards can go […]

can-i-customise-a-store-card-to-meet-the-needs-of-my-business

Can I customise a store card to meet the needs of my business?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In a tough economic climate where businesses are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to drive customers in through the door, store cards have emerged as a popular option to help retain customers and draw new customers in through creative promotions and reward schemes. Store cards provide an opportunity for businesses to really reach […]

are-there-any-drawbacks-to-using-a-store-card

Are there any drawbacks to using a store card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

When many businesses consider instating a store card system, one of the biggest problems that they face is working out how exactly they are going to make a return on this system. Store card systems are such that they don’t tend to generate a fixed return and therefore it can be hard to understand the […]

are-store-cards-beneficial-to-my-business

Are store cards beneficial to my business?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the current economic climate, many businesses are doing all that they can to try and attract new customers and retain existing customers by offering good deals on their products and promotions right across the board. One way that has really emerged in being a very cost-effective promotional tool in the last few years is […]

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Am I able to design my own store card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Whenever you walk into or out of a major consumer store, the chances are you will quickly be greeted by a bright display which features an advertising slogan and a picture of a store card offering you great discounts and offers when you shop in store. Store cards are becoming increasingly popular right around the […]

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Why is the quality of a plastic business card so important to my business?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you have decided to make the switch to plastic business cards then the chances are that one of the main reasons you chose to make this switch was for quality purposes. Although cardboard and paper business cards can do the job, they are incredibly flimsy and in turn they can become easily damaged, leading […]

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What should I look for in a good plastic card company?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you have decided to make the switch to plastic cards then chances are that you are looking to give your company a professional and efficient image to your clients. The way that your plastic cards are produced and the end product can go a long way to portraying the type of image that you […]

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What is involved in the creation of plastic cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Although there are so many plastic cards floating around in society it may often appear that the creation process is quite simple, this is actually far from the case and many people don’t realise the time and effort that goes into the design, styling and finally the creation of these invaluable tools. A plastic card […]

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What are the benefits of high quality plastic cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking at giving your business a new approach to business cards then making the switch to plastic cards can make a big difference. With a high quality, robust approach, plastic business cards can add that extra element of performance and stature to your business, which in turn can allow you to make […]

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Plastic business cards vs paper business cards

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

When you are looking at new business card options chances are that you are looking for the most cost-effective approach to giving your business a professional image. With so many different business cards options around it can be somewhat difficult to know where to start, but chances are you will end up having to make […]

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How does card embossing work?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Regardless of what you are producing a plastic card for, the chances are that you will be wanting to label your plastic card so that you know who it belongs to and what it is being used for. In many cases numbers can also be put onto plastic cards so that you are aware of […]

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How am I able to protect my plastic cards from damage?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Regardless of what you use your plastic cards for, there is nothing more frustrating when through some sort of damage your card simply doesn’t work anymore. Whether it’s water damage, physical abuse or any other type of damage, plastic cards are not 100% robust and as such they are incredibly susceptible to problems which can […]

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Can I have barcodes put on my plastic cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

As with almost any type of manufacturing, the plastic card industry is one that is incredibly bespoke and when you do create a card then you have the ability to add to it or remove from it any information or coding that you require as an end result. Barcoding is a popular choice for many […]

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Are loyalty cards a viable business solution?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

For any business, customer retention is a key contributor to their success and as a result any scheme or program which helps to attract or keep customers generally provides a big bonus to that company. Loyalty cards are big business and in the open market many companies use them as a way of encouraging customers […]

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Are businesses making the switch to contactless smart cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Technology is starting to play a key role in many modern businesses and as we continue to see developments and an increase in the integration of this into the workplace, we start to see businesses looking towards technology to make a smarter, safer workplace. In recent years one of the biggest innovations that we have […]

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Why would I choose to emboss my plastic cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

The design and development of a plastic card is a somewhat efficient and yet incredibly important process, but if you are looking to use plastic cards within your business, for whatever reason, it’s crucial that you have them tailored to meet exactly what your business is looking for. There are a number of different ways […]

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Why key fob cards make a handy addition to your keychain

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Although there might be many things that you leave home without in the morning, chances are that your keys are not one of them! As you need your keys to lock the door and perhaps even get into the office, they quickly make an essential part of your life that it’s hard to be without […]

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Why barcoding can be a benefit of your customer loyalty scheme

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking to launch a customer loyalty scheme with the aim of retaining your existing customers and developing new customers across the board, then you will be looking at a way to produce high quality loyalty scheme cards for your clients. One of the most important elements of any customer rewards scheme is […]

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Where can my business get help with plastic card artwork?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking to produce plastic cards, perhaps as your business cards or simply to give out as a loyalty scheme then you will know that the way that your cards look can have an incredibly important influence over your clients. First impressions count and if the only thing that a person has to […]

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What type of loyalty card scheme could my business consider?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the business environment customer retention is the name of the game and it’s crucial that you look to drive in new customers while keeping the existing ones that you have at every turn. Although good service will go a long way to ensuring that you keep the customers you have worked so hard to […]

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What is a contactless smart card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the modern environment security and safety are key in any business and if you are looking to increase the levels of security within your business then you will constantly be striving for new and more innovative ways to secure your information. One of the more recent developments on this market is a contactless smart […]

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What are the business benefits of a contactless smart card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the modern environment it’s all about flexibility, cost and efficiency – three of perhaps the most important elements in any business and the contactless smart card is one device that helps to combine all of these three elements into just one small card. A contactless smart card is an incredibly sophisticated device which contains […]

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In terms of security – why would I choose a contactless smart card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In any business, security plays a very important role in ensuring that your company is able to function in a reliable and safe manner. Across the board it’s crucial that you keep company safety towards the top of your priority list and by doing this you can help to ensure that your documents remain safe […]

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How could my business benefit from customer loyalty cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Customer loyalty cards make up a big part of many businesses and as most companies continually look for ways to attract new clients and keep existing clients, the idea of receiving a reward every time that you do make a purchase or use a service is one really important way of ensuring that your clients […]

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Benefits of card personalisation in a loyalty system

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Loyalty systems can be a great way to keep customers and even attract in new clients with great offers and deals right across the board. If you are a business who is looking to continue to grow and expand your client base them employing a loyalty system can be a great way to get this […]

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Why is business card size so important?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Having a business card is incredibly important when it comes to networking and really putting your business out there to work closely with other businesses. It’s a way of identifying yourself and your company in an often saturated market and a way of leaving a reminder in the memory of anyone who you have recently […]

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Why do gift cards make a good present?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Whether it’s Christmas, Birthdays or various other times of the year, that ever lingering question of what we can give for a gift is often a persistent one – and regularly turns into quite a headache! For years we have been spending our days thinking of creative and innovative presents – only to find out […]

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What should I put on a printed plastic card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you have decided that you are looking to make changes within your business then investing in plastic cards can often be a great way to start. Whether you are looking to improve the security features of your company, give off an even more professional approach to your clients, or create a customer loyalty program, […]

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What should I include on my business card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

A business card is perhaps one of the most important tools that you can have if you are looking to pick up new clients and create business deals with a lasting impression on your clients. A business card is your way of pushing your business in a consistent and succinct manner – giving your clients […]

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What is the importance of a business card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Although they are often seen as just a part of nature – if you do happen to run a business or be involved in a company then chances are that business cards are a crucial part of your ability to draw in new clients and quickly build new relationships. An often crucial player in the […]

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What is plastic card embossing?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking to give a personalised or rather unique approach to your plastic cards then embossing is one technique which can be used right across the board. Using innovative technology to make a lasting imprint on your plastic cards, this type of technology can help to give a very unique approach to each […]

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What benefit do loyalty cards have to my business?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are currently operating a business, shop or a company which generally benefits from repeat patronage, then you may constantly be looking at new and innovative ways to draw your clients in and retain them over a period of time. Although discounts, low prices and sales are a great way to bring in new […]

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Using plastic photo ID cards as a business security measure

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

In the modern business environment security is key, and in an increasingly competitive market it’s crucial that you offer your employees high level security, not only to govern their own safety but also to assure the position of your business within the marketplace. Although many businesses have recently switched to fobs and key access, there […]

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How is a plastic card made?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Plastic cards are a common occurrence right across society and we often find that they are something that we use for even the most common of tasks on a daily basis. If you take a look in your wallet then you may have a bank card, loyalty card, ID card and various other important cards […]

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How can photo ID cards benefit my business?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Cost, efficiency, security, safety… they are all considerations that a modern business needs to make on a daily basis, and if you find yourself in the decision-making position then chances are that you will need to put a great deal of thought into installing a system such as this. Although photo ID card systems are […]

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Why choose a frosted plastic card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

There are so many different types of business cards to choose from that for many companies it’s somewhat of a headache trying to decide which one is for you. But if you do find yourself in the position where it’s hard to work out a way to really differentiate yourself from the crowd then a […]

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What are the benefits of a plastic card holder?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

So you’ve decided to purchase plastic cards for your business, with the aim of giving it an incredibly professional and practical outlook – but the main problem is that you simply have nowhere to put them. Although this can be a problem for many people, realistically a pile of cards of your table just doesn’t […]

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The rise in popularity of key fob cards

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Just a decade or so ago membership cards were a modern innovation for most businesses and for many companies they felt that this was one great way to encourage clients to keep coming back again and again – repeat business was a popular option. As we continue to become increasingly modernised we continue to look […]

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The Business Card: Making a good first impression

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

First impressions last – and this is perhaps one of the most important things that you will ever learn in business, but more than that it’s important to know that after you have made this impression you are able to leave your prospective clients with something that really sticks in their mind, and something that […]

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Should I consider implementing key cards in my hotel?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Security is a very important consideration in any hotel environment and the safety and security of your employees is crucial when you do run an establishment of this type. When travellers leave valuable items in their hotel rooms they want to have the knowledge that these items won’t be stolen or removed for the duration […]

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Key fob cards: An easy way to remember your membership card

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Have you ever experienced that incredibly frustrating feeling of arriving at the gym or shop without your membership card? It can be easily done, especially if you change wallets or if you have cleaned out your wallet the night before – and in general it will result in your returning home fairly empty-handed, or potentially […]

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Is it worth investing in clear plastic business cards?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

If you are looking to give the extra special touch to your clients, then investing in clear plastic business cards can be a great way to really draw them in. Providing both a practical and aesthetically pleasing design, clear plastic business cards are a great way to provide a strong and robust reminder of exactly […]

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Is it worth investing in a high quality business card?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Business cards are essentially the professional front that you give to your business and they are the main way that you are able to portray what your business is about and its main ideals to your clients. The type of business card that you have can say an awful lot about your business and it’s […]

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Implementing a key card entry system

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Security is key no matter where you live or what business you run, and in an increasingly competitive marketplace it becomes even more crucial to ensure that you have a good, secure entry system for your company. Although key fobs can be a great idea, another popular way of ensuring secure entry is through a […]

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Can luxury business cards pay dividends for your business?

  • 17.04.2013
  • Articles

Promoting your business is a crucial aspect of any company and really getting out there and putting yourself into the business arena is a great way to get started. When you do start networking you need something unique that your clients can remember you by – and that’s where the importance of a business card […]

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Holland & Barrett Loyalty Programme Hits Six Million

  • 12.04.2013
  • Case Studies

The UK’s leading high street health supplement retailer, Holland & Barrett, has celebrated the success of its ‘Rewards for Life’ loyalty programme by placing an order for a further two million cards from national plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services. This means the total number of cardholders in the programme has risen to over six […]

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PCS Laces Up for 24 Hour Charity Walk

  • 28.03.2013
  • Company News

Four employees from Macclesfield-based, Plastic Card Services (PCS) are donning their boots and waterproofs for a 24 hour charity walk. Adam Unsworth, Rob Nicholls, Chris Dunn and Shaun Hinchy have all signed up for the Trekfest event in July, which will see them cover 54 miles across the Peak District in just one 24 hour […]

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Plastic Card Services Named Business of the Year at Macclesfield Awards

  • 02.03.2013
  • Company News

Employees at Plastic Card Services (PCS) are celebrating after scooping the Business of the Year (turnover over £1m to £5m) prize at the 2013 Macclesfield and Wilmslow Business Awards. Based on Tytherington Business Park, PCS manufactures, personalises and mails a wide range of plastic cards including loyalty and gift. The company was awarded the honour […]

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PCS Boosts Account Management Team

  • 01.03.2013
  • Company News

Following a series of major contract wins, including Premier Inn, Holland & Barrett and Showcase Cinemas, Macclesfield-based plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has expanded its account management team with the appointment of Kimberley Wadsworth. Kimberley, from Macclesfield, joins PCS with extensive customer service experience, gained from several roles within the retail and catering […]

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The World Of Export As An SME Manufacturer

  • 04.02.2013
  • Export

No one can deny that the UK economy is currently in a fragile state. We’ve already been through a double-dip recession and economists are discussing the possibility of the country slipping into its third recession in just five years. However, while there have been losses across the majority of sectors, there are SMEs in manufacturing […]

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Premier Inn Backs Contactless Technology

  • 01.02.2013
  • Case Studies

Leading value hotel brand, Premier Inn, is working with award winning manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), to roll out ‘keyless room entry’ across its new build hotels and refurbished sites. The move is part of the hotel chain’s aim to future-proof its offering, and continue to provide the UK’s best value rooms. 136,000 high-tech MIFARE® […]

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PCS In International TV Debut

  • 31.01.2013
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services (PCS) has made its debut on international television on Dutch news programme, Nieuwsuur, as part of a best practice report into how British businesses work overseas. PCS garnered the interest of the Dutch news programme when it was selected for The Guardian Small Business Best Practice Exchange Exporting Award 2012. The company […]

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Hairdressers Are A Cut Above Say Consumers

  • 20.11.2012
  • Loyalty Schemes

When it comes to securing continued loyalty from customers, new research reveals that hairdressers are a cut above the rest. A study of consumers across the UK found that people are more loyal to their hairdresser than any other brand, product or business. So forget big business or the great global experience, it turns out […]

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PCS Scoops National Export Award

  • 30.10.2012
  • Company News

Plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services, has picked up a national award for export success, after growing its sales to overseas markets to 10 per cent of annual turnover. The Macclesfield-based company, which provides plastic cards and associated services for a number of high profile retailers and FTSE 100 companies, was presented The Guardian newspaper’s […]

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Adam Unsworth Predicts the Key Trends for Loyalty Cards in 2013

  • 30.10.2012
  • Loyalty Schemes

In a piece for The Scottish Grocer, Adam Unsworth, sales director at PCS, predicts the key trends for loyalty cards in 2013 Since the launch of the Tesco Clubcard key fob in 2004, the popularity of the design has gained momentum and there’s no sign of it stopping in 2013. Usually offered alongside the traditional […]

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Showcase Cinemas Premieres New Card Design With PCS

  • 23.10.2012
  • Case Studies

National cinema chain, Showcase Cinemas, has rolled out a new loyalty card design with the help of Plastic Card Services (PCS). Working in partnership with the leading plastic card manufacturer, Showcase Cinemas has developed an innovative, personalised design for its ‘Insider’ loyalty programme. The new Insider card features a sleek black back and face design […]

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Foyles Books Plastic Card Services for Gift Cards

  • 16.10.2012
  • Case Studies

Foyles, the UK National & Children’s Bookseller of the Year 2012, is working with Plastic Card Services (PCS) to provide its range of own branded gift cards. The family-run bookseller, which has a strong heritage dating back to 1903, has been overwhelmed by customers requesting Foyles branded gift cards, and has ordered 65,000 cards from […]

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Plastic Card Services Helps The Hippodrome Make Friends

  • 28.09.2012
  • Case Studies

Plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services, has been awarded a contract to manufacture 170,500 loyalty cards for the new Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. As part of the contract, PCS has produced two versions of the ‘Friends of the Hippodrome’ card, in red and gold for the different levels of membership. The Hippodrome Casino entertainment […]

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Plastic Card Services Scoops Company of the Year at Industry Awards

  • 28.09.2012
  • Company News

Staff at Plastic Card Services (PCS) are celebrating after scooping the coveted Company of the Year (up to £5 million) prize at the 2012 British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) Excellence Awards. PCS, which provides plastic cards and associated services from its headquarters in Macclesfield, Cheshire, was presented with the prestigious accolade after judges recognised the […]

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Loyalty pays off

  • 26.07.2012
  • Loyalty Schemes

Smart British shoppers are saving more than £4bn a year thanks to loyalty cards, according to new research. The latest study reveals 86 per cent of the UK adult population owns at least one such card and each individual consumer saves an average of £100.32 annually, meaning £4.39bn is saved every year across the UK. […]

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Grosvenor Casinos places bet on Plastic Card Services

  • 17.07.2012
  • Case Studies

Grosvenor Casinos has awarded a 700,000 unit contract to the national plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), as part of a major rebranding programme. In an extension to its previous agreement with the leading casino operator, PCS will now supply newly branded ‘Grosvenor Play Points’ cards to its 35 sites across the UK. PCS […]

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PCS marks five years of servicing the UK’s fastest growing union

  • 20.06.2012
  • Case Studies

Plastic Card Services (PCS), the UK’s leading plastic card manufacturer, is celebrating five years of providing high quality plastic cards for the UK’s fastest growing union, USDAW. As the UK’s leading plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS) has been producing and mailing to USDAW’s 413,000 members across the retail and distribution sectors, for the […]

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The key to the future

  • 15.06.2012
  • Loyalty Schemes

Rob Nicholls, managing director of plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), explores current trends in the loyalty card market and looks at potential applications in the retail sector. With around 85 per cent of households in the UK reportedly having at least one loyalty card, it’s no doubt that these schemes remain a popular […]

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The future of retail loyalty

  • 15.06.2012
  • Loyalty Schemes

In a publication from thebusinessdesk.com, PCS’s Sales Director Adam Unsworth discusses the future of retail and the best ways to engender customer loyalty. Will loyalty apps affect the plastic card industry? “Technology moves at a frightening pace and many so called ‘advances’ slip by the wayside. However, I think it’s fair to say that smartphones […]

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Paul Hansford – Q & A

  • 17.05.2012
  • Company News

PCS’s very own Paul Hansford recently appeared in Print Week’s regular Q&A section. Here is a transcript of the feature: Name: Paul Hansford Job Title: National Account Manager Paul celebrated 13 years at PCS in March this year and will also turn 40 in 2012. He lives in Alderley Edge with his wife Victoria and […]

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PCS helps local leisure charity

  • 13.04.2012
  • Company News

Leading plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has showed its support to the local community by providing 1,000 complimentary bio-PVC membership cards to the self-funded charity, Bollington Health and Leisure. The impressive leisure club, which first opened in 1977, remains central to the local community and runs a number of adult fitness classes and […]

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Plastic Card Services expands embossing capabilities with Datacard MX2000

  • 13.04.2012
  • Company News

Leading plastic card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has invested in a Datacard MX2000 card issuance machine to increase capacity for its embossing facilities, in line with its ambitious growth plans. The Macclesfield based plastic card manufacturer has added the MX2000 to its portfolio of embossers, including the Datacard 9000 and Datacard 7000. This new […]

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Survey of Card Issuers – February 2012

  • 29.02.2012
  • Company News

At the end of February Plastic Card Services conducted an informal survey among card issuing companies/bodies. The target sample included organisations of all sizes ranging from independent retail outlets to multinational corporations; from small charities to local government authorities. The results were collated over the following two weeks and are presented in the following report. […]

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Local firm nominated for national recognition

  • 28.01.2012
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services nominated by David Rutley MP for nationwide ‘Made By Britain’ scheme Local firm, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has been chosen to represent the Macclesfield area as part of a national scheme designed to highlight the best of British manufacturing and industry. Constituency MP David Rutley has nominated the company’s biodegradable plastic card […]

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ISO 27001 Certification drives business for PCS

  • 22.12.2011
  • Company News

Leading commercial card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has achieved the coveted ISO 27001 accreditation. ISO 27001 is internationally-recognised information security management system (ISMS) standard. It sets out a framework of best practice measures for safeguarding any information a company may handle and store. This covers everything from computer databases to physical records in the […]

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UCAS goes green with PCS

  • 15.12.2011
  • Case Studies

Commercial card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has retained its contract to produce biodegradable cards for UCAS, the organisation which manages applications to higher education courses in the UK, for the third year running. The Cheshire-based manufacturer has already produced 560,000 UCAS cards, which give applicants information on higher education, universities and colleges they’re interested […]

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Popularity of key fobs sees upsurge in production at PCS

  • 02.12.2011
  • Case Studies

With the six-millionth plastic key fob rolling off the production line this week, Plastic Card Services, (PCS), has revealed a growing trend in the use of the product in loyalty and reward schemes. Sales in key fobs have increased dramatically during the past six months, resulting in nearly £1 million worth of new business for […]

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PCS shortlisted for KBA Excellence Award

  • 01.12.2011
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services (PCS) was shortlisted for a KBA (UK) Ltd 1814 Production Excellence Award, for its usage of the KBA Genius 52UV in its project for Coop Danmark, Denmark’s largest supermarket chain. This annual award, which commemorates the commissioning of the first ever power-driven press in November 1814, recognises landmark achievements by UK printers […]

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PCS wins at Macclesfield and Wimslow Business Awards

  • 11.11.2011
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services (PCS) has won the Business of the Year Award at the Macclesfield and Wilmslow Business Awards 2011. The award, which was won in the category for companies with a turnover of up to £5 million, acknowledges ‘companies that demonstrate all-round excellence in business’. Other businesses shortlisted for this award were BlueCoffee Networks […]

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Membership Plus and PCS roll-out the UK’s biggest theatre membership scheme

  • 10.11.2011
  • Case Studies

Membership Plus has partnered with commercial card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), to produce over 75,000 membership cards for the UK’s biggest theatre membership scheme. The leading print and mailing solutions provider worked with PCS to develop the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) Theatre Card, which was launched this week at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. ATG Theatre […]

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PCS gets commendation at Print Week Awards

  • 26.10.2011
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services has won a commendation in the SME of the Year category at the 2011 Print Week Awards. Named as runners-up and only narrowly missing out on the top spot, the judges said that “PCS’s ability to shine in the face of strong competition from China made sure they had a hard time […]

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PCS wins contract for new Holland & Barrett loyalty Scheme

  • 30.09.2011
  • Case Studies

Plastic Card Services (PCS) has won a contract to produce five million cards for Holland & Barrett’s new loyalty scheme. The scheme, called ‘Rewards for Life’, will be rolled out across the UK from today. The Cheshire-based card manufacturer will produce loyalty cards and key fob cards, which customers need to present at point of […]

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PCS produces reward cards for UK schools

  • 15.09.2011
  • Case Studies

As more and more schools look for new initiatives to raise standards and improve economic well-being, we look at how one company partnered with a leading card manufacturer to roll out one of the UK’s leading school reward schemes. With the help of Plastic Card Services, Vivo Miles launched an innovative reward scheme in 2009. […]

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New equipment packs a punch for PCS

  • 15.09.2011
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services (PCS) has boosted its manufacturing capabilities with the addition of a new plastic card punching system for plastic key fobs. The Cheshire-based plastic card manufacturer has invested £200,000 in the Oasys progression punch in response to a dramatic increase in demand for its key fob card products during the past year. Adding […]

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Landmark contract for PCS pushes Nordic sales to £1.6 million

  • 23.08.2011
  • Case Studies

A landmark contract for Plastic Card Services, (PCS), in Denmark, has taken its sales to Nordic countries to £1.6 million in the last 12 months. The Cheshire-based plastic card manufacturer has just printed the millionth loyalty card for Denmark’s largest health and beauty retail chain, Matas, which has 295 stores in Denmark and five in […]

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Slimming World takes the smart option with PCS

  • 20.07.2011
  • Case Studies

Commercial card producer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has retained its contract to produce Slimming World’s membership card. Slimming World has a total of 400,000 members who regularly attend sessions at more than 7,750 groups across the UK. The ‘smart‘ membership card is given to every Slimming World member when they join a group. It is […]

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PCS wins best direct mail campaign at the Print & Design Awards

  • 30.06.2011
  • Case Studies

Cheshire-based Plastic Card Services (PCS), has won the Best Direct Mail category at the 2011 Print & Design Awards. The commercial card manufacturer scooped the award for the Coop DanmarkPlus Loyalty scheme ‘bio’ card mailer. Two million mailers were produced and distributed by PCS for Denmark’s largest retailer – reaching every household in Denmark. The […]

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PCS in loyalty card showcase

  • 30.06.2011
  • Case Studies

Commercial card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has reached a half million milestone in the production of cards for Showcase Cinemas’ loyalty programme, ‘Insider’. The Cheshire-based company is producing over 3000 Insider loyalty cards each week for the entertainment company, which is owned by National Amusements Inc, and operates more than 1500 screens across the […]

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PCS unveils new white ink personalisation capability

  • 05.05.2011
  • Company News

Plastic Card Services, (PCS), is the first company in Europe to offer Atlantic Zeiser’s white DoD (Drop on Demand) personalisation on plastic cards. The innovative DoD process uses the latest Atlantic Zeiser printer UV inkjet system, to give high quality white ink printing on dark backgrounds. It’s a breakthrough for PCS who will now be […]

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PCS expansion reflects impressive growth

  • 12.04.2011
  • Company News

Macclesfield-based Plastic Card Services (PCS) is expanding its premises at Tytherington Business Park. The new building, located next door to its current Redwood Court manufacturing site, will provide the innovative card manufacturer with more spacious facilities, enabling it to continue its impressive growth. PCS is one of the UK’s leading producers of commercial cards including […]

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PCS partners with UK’s leading dining card for employee promotion

  • 07.04.2011
  • Case Studies

Commercial card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS) is partnering with the Gourmet Society to roll out a new promotion aimed at businesses across the UK. The promotion will encourage companies to offer employees a free three-month trial of the UK’s leading dining scheme, the Gourmet Society Dining Card. PCS will produce over 100,000 dining cards […]

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PCS gets on board with world’s leading ferry operator

  • 25.03.2011
  • Case Studies

Commercial card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), has supplied Stena Line with 60,000 ‘green’ loyalty cards as part of a re-launch of the ferry service’s loyalty programme. The Stena Line eXtra Loyalty Programme offers members valuable savings and exclusive offers. The revised scheme will now feature a more eco-friendly alternative to its standard loyalty card […]

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PCS celebrates half a million card milestone for school reward scheme

  • 15.03.2011
  • Case Studies

Leading commercial card manufacturer, Plastic Card Services (PCS), is celebrating hitting the half million card mark for an innovative school reward scheme. The scheme, known as Vivo Miles, is currently operating in 250 schools in the UK, a number which is expected to double in the next few months as the programme gathers momentum. The […]

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First UK green card commission for PCS

  • 07.02.2011
  • Case Studies

A new green loyalty card scheme has chosen Plastic Card Services (PCS) as its card production partner. The Ice™ card contract is the first UK project to benefit from the Cheshire manufacturer’s investment in a unique biodegradable materials and waterless print service offer. MD of PCS, Rob Nicholls, said he was delighted to be working […]

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Macclesfield print firm donates 5,000 cards to Love Local Life scheme

  • 07.02.2011
  • Case Studies

Plastic Card Services (PCS) in Macclesfield has provided the LoveLocalLife initiative with an important boost this week by giving 5000 new cards to the cause. The cards will enable more Cheshire residents to get involved in the successful loyalty scheme, which provides discounted goods and services to local people and keeps trade close to home. […]

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Two new promotions at Plastic Card Services

  • 25.01.2011
  • Company News

North West based Plastic Card Services (PCS) has announced two new appointments to support the company’s expansion in Europe. Andy Simpson, 47, has been appointed as operations director and will have the overall day-to-day responsibility of the business. Andy joined PCS as an account manager in 1998 and was quickly promoted through the ranks to […]

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PCS wins international ‘green’ card brief

  • 17.01.2011
  • Case Studies

Now more than ever, there is a strong appetite among consumers for green products and services. One retailer who was determined to help their customers to do their bit to save the planet was Denmark’s leading retailer, Coop Danmark. With the help of Plastic Card Services, Coop Danmark has launched one of Europe’s first plastic […]

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First UK green card commission for PCS

  • 17.01.2011
  • Case Studies

A new green loyalty card scheme has chosen Plastic Card Services (PCS) as its card production partner. The IceTM card contract is the first UK project to benefit from the Cheshire manufacturer’s investment in a unique biodegradable materials and waterless print service offer. MD of PCS, Rob Nicholls, said he was delighted to be working […]

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PCS appoints Souter PR

  • 17.01.2011
  • Company News

Loyalty card producer for IKEA, Ford, Next and Virgin to use PR to grow green card offer Pioneering business Plastic Card Services (PCS) have named Souter PR as their new PR agency. Plastic Card Services Limited employs 68 people from their purpose built Macclesfield manufacturing plant and is one of the UK’s leading producers of […]