We’ve reached a milestone – our 10,000th order

Posted on: November 12th, 2018 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

It is a very happy Monday for the Print Angels today as we’ve hit a milestone; our 10,000th order! Woohoo!

It was placed by Timms Solicitors for business cards.

To celebrate, we have made a donation to the same value as their order to their chosen charity; YMCA Burton. The Timms Team participated in the YMCA sleep out on Friday and this donation will contribute towards their fundraising.

Big thanks to Timms and all of our lovely clients for your continued custom and support.


Small Business Saturday UK Champion launches Derby Event

Posted on: October 26th, 2018 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Small Business Saturday UK Champion, Yvonne Gorman of Essential Print Services, has joined forces with local business support group; Derby Hub Ltd and University of Derby to host this year’s free event on Saturday 1st December.

Derby Hub will host an extended version of their business meeting, which will include a business exhibition of local companies, networking opportunities and a presentation by Derby Hub members about the benefit of collaboration entitled, ‘Stronger Together’.

The event will take place at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre on Bridge Street, and because of the generous support from the University and Derby Hub, the entire event will be completely free to attend. Delegates will also have the chance to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ to pitch their business in front of the entire business congregation.

“The University of Derby is proud to be an integral part of the business community in our city and region, and we’re pleased to support the Small Business Saturday UK event. There will be opportunities for businesses to engage with our students, many of whom are aspiring entrepreneurs currently taking part in our ‘Be the Boss’ programme, which encourages students to start their own business,” said Bev Crighton, External Engagement Lead at the University of Derby.

“It is fortuitous that Derby Hub is hosting this year’s event because, not only does it boast to have one of the Small Business Saturday UK Champions as a founder member (Yvonne Gorman), but also, one of this year’s Small Biz Sat 100; Rachel Hayward from Ask The Chameleon,” explained Sarah Loates, Derby Hub Director and Managing Director of Loates HR.

“I’m excited about collaborating with Derby Hub and the University of Derby for this year’s event. I am proud to be one of the founder members of Derby Hub, and I’m passionate about the support and networking opportunities it provides for companies. The event will showcase how Derby Hub and other local organisations can help Derby’s SMEs grow and prosper,” said Yvonne Gorman, Managing Director of Essential Print Services and Small Business Saturday UK Champion.

“Derby Hub members have been involved in Small Business Saturday UK for several years now, the Derby Hub Directors thought that it seemed like a natural progression to get more involved with the event and build on the fantastic successes of the previous years. With the help of Derby Hub and the University of Derby, 2018 stands to be the most exciting Small Business Saturday Derby event to date,” added Craig Barker, Derby Hub Director and Managing Director of Creative Agency; Koobr.

“The culture of Derby Hub is centred around businesses collaborating and supporting one another, which is why it made perfect sense for the Derby Hub to get involved with Small Business Saturday UK. All of our members know that collaboration is about achieving the extraordinary, and working together with the Small Business Saturday UK campaign we’re able to pool our resources and make an even bigger noise about what small and local businesses achieve in Derby & the surrounding area,” concluded Owen Conti, Managing Director of Code 56, fellow Derby Hub Board Member and Marketing Derby’s Rising Star 2018.

Other local business support organisations will also be on-hand to talk to such as Derby City Council, East Midlands Chamber, the University of Derby, FSB, the Growth Hub and the D2N2 Business Starter Programme.

Anyone who would like free exhibition space at the event should email admin@smallbusinessderby.co.uk (subject to availability). Free tickets are available at www.smallbusinessderby.co.uk.

To stay up to date with the latest news about the event, join the local Small Business Saturday UK team on the Facebook group; search ‘Small Business Derby” or follow @smallbizderby on Twitter.



Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities.

In its sixth year, Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £748m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but with an impact that lasts all year round.

In 2017 the #SmallBizSatUK campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter during 2017, reaching over 115 million people globally. The Prime Minister and the Mayor of London were among those publicly supporting the campaign. Over 87% of local councils also supported the campaign.

The official countdown to Small Business Saturday, includes a daily celebration of the ‘Small Biz 100’ through social media. The Small Biz 100 are a selection of some of the best small businesses in the UK, and have been chosen to help spotlight the success of such companies to raise awareness about the positive impact they can have.

Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010. American Express remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.

Yvonne Gorman named as one of Derby’s inspirational business women

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Yvonne Gorman has been selected as one of 250 Inspirational Derby business leaders by the Derby Telegraph, again, for the fourth year running!

“It’s rewarding to be recognised for the hard work required to run a business, as well as helping initiatives such as Small Business Saturday UK and PridePark.net. Seven years on, my enthusiasm for print, business life and the City of Derby has not wavered. I’m still as ambitious about the future as I ever was,” commented Yvonne.

“I’m thrilled to be amongst Derby’s amazing business people. As I look through the pages, I see people whom I admire and who have helped me along the way – I’m incredibly proud” said Yvonne Gorman.

Read all about it – here’s the write-up:

Yvonne started Essential Print Services in April 2011. Now based in Victoria Way, on Pride Park, the company offers a range of printing services, from business cards, flyers and brochures, through to signage and exhibition graphics. Heavily involved in the local business community, Yvonne has been crowned Small Business Saturday UK Champion which involves encouraging people to support small, independent businesses. Yvonne is also the founder of PridePark.net that supports Pride Park businesses. This summer, Yvonne joined the board of Marketing Derby as a non-executive director.

Promotional Items for under £1

Posted on: September 5th, 2018 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Promotional Items Under £1

Promotional Items for tight purse strings

Its always good practice to review your marketing collateral and ensure that all the items in your marketing toolkit are up-to-date and represents you in the best light possible.

For some small businesses or those who have a limited budget, the task of sourcing cost-effective, quality promotional items can be a real struggle.

That’s why we’ve taken the pain out of this for you by presenting our best sellers for under £1!


PENS – from 50p each
Get into the hands of your clients with branded pens.

Our most popular pen shape is the Contour. It has a good range of funky colours available. In our experience, they look best with just a 1-colour print; silver is smart because it complements the silver fixings but, we will print whatever colour you wish. Secondly, you can split the minimum order quantity of 250 between two barrel colours. If your logo is two colours say, red and blue, you can print your colour in white or silver and have 125 red pens and 125 blue pens – giving you a choice of pen colours when you hand them to prospects and customers.

How much? For 250 pens, with a 1-colour print, they are 50p each.

If you’d like us to quote for more than 250 or if you’d like a different pen shape, chat with us online.


NOTEPADS – from 58p each
There’s nothing quite like crossing off a tricky task or having a handy-sized pad to jot down moments of genius. So, why not give our your own, branded notepads for your contacts to do just that?

Our most popular size is A6 (105mm x 148mm) or DL (99mm x 210mm). Our prices include a full-colour print, so there are no limitations to the design. Each pad contains 50 sheets of white, uncoated paper and has a backing board.

Top tip; get funky by adding a textured image or pattern in the background.

How much? For 250 A6-sized pads, they are 58p each. The DL size pads, which are similar to jotters, are 68p each. This price includes 30-mins artwork setup cost so, all you have to do is send us your logo, tell us what you’d like your notepads to look like (roughly*) and we’ll do the rest. *If you don’t have any ideas – that’s fine because we have plenty!

If you’d like us to quote for more than 250 or if you’d like a different size, chat with us online.


STICKY NOTES – from 98p each
Make your message stick with branded sticky notes.

If you host events, conferences or training activities, sticky notes can be beneficial for group sessions because they reinforce a message from your training program or just simply, remind delegates of your brand. People often take them back to the office, which makes your advertising last even longer.

Top tip; allow enough space for someone to write. Many designs we see are very cluttered and don’t allow very much room for note-taking.

How much? For 250 square pads (72mm), they are 98p each. This price includes artwork setup so, all you have to do is send us your logo, and we’ll do the rest. It won’t matter how many colours are in your logo because the price includes full-colour printing.

If you’d like us to quote for more than 250 or if you’d like a different size, chat with us online.


Whatever the season, make it the season to be jolly by having a stock of branded greetings cards ready to send. Have some cards, ready-to-post makes sending a celebratory note or wishing someone a happy birthday, a lot easier. Not only will you look super organised but, super professional too with cards that have your branding printed on them.

How much? For A6 size (same size as a postcard), they are 46p each. For A5 size (half of an A4), they are only 4p more (50p each). Prices not only include full-colour printing, inside and out but white envelopes too! To create a bespoke design for you, add on £40 to cover 1 hour’s studio time.

If you’d like a full price list, chat with us online.


BALLOONS – from 25p each
Whatever the occasion, make it go with a bang with printed balloons. For a corporate event, branded balloons will make you look super cool.

Top Tip: Split your quantity between a choice of base colours, and you’ll make the venue even more colourful. As long as the print colour stays the same, it will not cost any extra.

How much? For 250 balloons printed one colour, one side, 44p each (choose up to two base colours) or stock up with 500 balloons at 25p each (choose up to four base colours).

If you’d like a full price list, chat with us online.


With these top five promotional items, it just goes to show that there is something to fit most budgets and look awesome in the process.

If you’d like to chat through your ideas or would like more information about these printed promotional items, call 01332 418377 and speak to one of the Print Angels.

All prices exclude VAT.

Printing, done efficiently and to a high standard

Posted on: August 21st, 2018 by Fran Ellis No Comments

We love getting great feedback from our clients!

“Printing, done efficiently and to a high standard, ” from Deirdre

If you want your printing done to a high standard then please get in touch with one of the Print Angels today!


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