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Can we print engagement letters on plain paper?

Can we print engagement letters on plain paper or it must be on letterhead?

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Can we print engagement letters on plain paper or it must be on letterhead? What you normally do?

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By Tim Vane
06th Apr 2018 16:40

I assumed that everybody just did them as PDF like we do with all the letterhead graphics included, then if we need to print (or if the client wants to print) they can be printed on plain paper.

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By Justin Bryant
06th Apr 2018 16:57

As long as it has your address etc. then there is no need for any fancy logos etc. as far as I am aware (and clients are certainly not fussed about the absence of fancy logos etc. in my experience).

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By Mr_awol
06th Apr 2018 17:11

As we call ours 'letters' of engagement and they are set out as 'letters' as opposed to contracts or any other document, I treat them like any other 'letter'.

Is that too obvious?

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
06th Apr 2018 17:57

Do people still have letter headed paper printed up?

I got one from a solicitor recently and it was heavily embossed paper in an odd colour and said "we are charging you too much" all over it.

Its a bit like 20 years ago getting a letter clearly typed up on a typewriter. Its a bit of history landing on your desk!

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By gerrysims
06th Apr 2018 19:45

So how do you write to HMRC and other similar 19th century organisations ? We still have some printed paper but email LoE's.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
06th Apr 2018 22:09

I use our normal headed paper template in Word

That prints to ordinary plain paper in the tray.

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By meadowsaw227
10th Apr 2018 10:17

Thus speaks a typical accountant.
Even though I print my own, I still use a better quality paper for my letters and invoices - separates the professionals from the meanies

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By bendybod
10th Apr 2018 14:26

Yes, which is in the paper tray! We print our own but the 'top copy' version goes on a higher gsm than the copies. If I had my way, the copies wouldn't get printed at all but 'small steps'!

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By richardterhorst
11th Apr 2018 09:17

I am a meanie but just as professional as you boyo.

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By tom123
06th Apr 2018 18:03

We have recently had a couple of boxes of headed paper printed up. Wasn't too expensive. Tends to be used for quotes etc (manufacturing expensive machinery).

Most work is email based, but sometimes we need to send out stuff that is 'reassuringly expensive'

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By DJKL
10th Apr 2018 10:51

Afraid I am in the have it printed camp rather than self printing.

Printing in colour is fine if you have a colour printer, but given operating costs re replacing all four toners (£300 a pop) I have now moved to black and white laser printers where toner replacement is only circa £45. If the firm was bigger I suspect I could justify a colour laser printer but as it is having a batch of letterheads printed every second year , given limited use of these, is cheaper.

Do not think I would really want to go back to my" black print on decent paper look" I used in my early days, it was really not very impressive.

Am actually this year at the stationery printing point again in the cycle(stocks are low), have been holding off as not sure I really want to embrace MTD but if I do then will be considering a whole new corporate image/ colour scheme change etc linked with website/social media et al (Software developer Son now back from Frankfurt so he can earn his keep by writing/setting up what I want)

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By Richardrussell
10th Apr 2018 12:05

Just having some letterhead done, £104 for 500 (inc VAT). I know I can get it cheaper, but need to keep costs up to avoid being a low cost trader for FRS VAT! Lasts a couple of years.
Use word template for invoices and letters to Revenue.

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By Tom 7000
10th Apr 2018 12:13

email them on electronic stationery letter head
send the accounts out electronically too
Postage bills gone as has the printer ink and paper bill

welcome to the digital age

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By meadowsaw227
10th Apr 2018 13:54

I buy my stamps 200 x 1st and 200 x 2nd at a time. Nod to the digital age, I do not have to lick them these days.

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By bendybod
10th Apr 2018 14:29

Ah yes, the damp sponge on the receptionist's desk, especially at this time of year!

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By lionofludesch
10th Apr 2018 16:31

A printer client once told me that about 150 copies was the mark before DIY printing became more expensive than Proper Printing.

Now - who was complaining about DIY accountants ?

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By North East Accountant
11th Apr 2018 09:09

Can't beat a letter for super important stuff.

Rare indeed now at home is any post that is not bills or rubbish.

When client gets a letter he is more likely to read it than an email buried in with 300 others.

PS: Nice conqueror paper with watermark. Paying a professional so professional we look.

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By pauljohnston
24th Apr 2018 11:28

We have used for many years the software addin called fineprint (fineprint.com). What this does is add a sheet of notepaper to the output of your print - all done electronically. So in our colour printer we have 80gms and 100 grms paper. The later is for letters and the occassional invoice. Have a look.

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