Derby Printer Celebrates Best Month!

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by admin No Comments

We Are Celebrating Our 6th Birthday And Best Month Ever!

The brainchild of ‘print evangelist’ Yvonne Gorman, Essential Print Services already boasts an impressive business record for so young a company, with a staff and year-on-year sales growth.

Not only that but Yvonne herself is already a renowned business figurehead. Named as one of a handful of “Leading Ladies” in the local press, Yvonne has appeared on ITV Central News, visited No. 10 Downing Street and continues a national appointment as Small Business Saturday UK Champion.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride for the past six years, but, according to Yvonne, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Yvonne says: “I can’t believe the business is six years old! We’ve achieved such a lot and what better way to celebrate than with our best ever sales month – it is perfect timing. The Essential Team’s hard work is paying off. People keep telling me that print is dead, but I’ve seen no evidence of this – we just keep continuing to grow and I can’t see it stopping anytime soon.”

“In March we absolutely smashed our sales target and achieved our best month EVER! It was a phenomenal way to celebrate our 6th birthday. I certainly could not have achieved all that by myself. A round of applause must go to Lee, Katie and Jilly for their hard work and of course, to our amazing customers who support us on our journey,” said Yvonne, owner of Essential Print Services.

Yvonne counts one of her biggest successes in the past year as finding her ‘dream team’. Lee Johnson has been heading up Essential Print Services’ studio for just under a year and is responsible for checking the hundreds of client files a month to ensure the best possible end, for which the company is renowned.

Katie Fitzpatrick joined the business as a “Print Angel” and helps Yvonne to look after Essential Print Services’ loyal customer base by providing fantastic customer service – the hundreds of testimonials they receive is a testament to this.

The most recent appointment was during National Apprenticeship Week in March this year when Jilly Rapley joined the business as a Print Assistant. Yvonne will be working with fellow Pride Park business; Babington Business College, to help Jilly complete her apprenticeship and the newest recruit has already made a big impact on the business.

“Having the right people in your business is crucial. They need to understand that outstanding quality and amazing customer service is paramount. Printing is hard work and some jobs are technically challenging so, what is also important to me that I’m part of a team who can fun in the office and enjoy what they do. There are days when my face aches from laughing so much,” Yvonne Gorman adds.

Yvonne also continues to work hard in her role as part of the Small Business Saturday UK campaign, for which she was appointed one of only 10 ‘champions’ in the country for the third year running.

Her business ethos isn’t just about financial growth: she is also a driving force behind several not-for-profit business groups in Derbyshire, including Derby Hub and the Hallmark Group, as well as being a trustee of the Me & Dee Charity, which supports children and adults with life-limiting illnesses and military personnel suffering from PTSD. Essential Print Services is also proud to sponsor Derby’s iconic half marathon, the Ramathon for the fourth year running.

She says: “I feel both privileged and proud to have created a sustainable business that not only employs local people but that supports many other East Midlands firms, as well as my local community. I am so excited about the future of my business and can’t wait to see how my team develops.”

“I’m also thrilled to be able to prove that, despite setting up in the middle of a recession and with the strong digital competition that the print industry now faces, printers can thrive and that Essential Print Services is one of them.”

See what we got up to during our birthday celebrations, like our Facebook page and take a sneaky peek.

Derby Printer has eggsellent month!

Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by admin No Comments

We’re having an eggsellent month

We have been very busy here at Essential Print Services HQ and so, we have lots of news to share with you…let’s get cracking!

We’ve had a special delivery of our very own Essential Easter eggs – they’re clucking great! They’ll be in delivery packs from April 1st but, there are only 100 available so, don’t be a fool –  hop to it and order your next print project with us today.

Brain feeling scrambled? Don’t worry. If you’re stuck for ideas, simply call us on 01332 418377 and we’ll do the thinking for you. How about your very own clutch of branded eggs?

March into April showers with branded brollies

Spring has sprung and with it, comes the unpredictability of our great British weather but there’s no need to fear because we’ve got you covered with our eggstravagent offer:

Start creating your own brollies – email the Print Angels today!

 Take Stock!

 I’m using my printer to put jokes on   the labels of Oxo cubes.

It’s become a laughing stock!

When was the last time you updated your business plan?
Business plans are not just to show the bank manager. They are an ever-changing document to help keep you motivated. Tip: Keep a copy on your desktop to help maintain focus & achieve your goals.

We had a flippin’ good February

In true Print Angel fashion, pancake day was celebrated in style with tasty takeaway pancakes from The Docks.

Here’s our very own Yvonne, with Hannah from The Docks, collecting a box load of treats for The Print Angels. We chose a variety of fillings – Katie had Bacon and Maple Syrup, Lee decided upon Banana and Nutella and Yvonne went with the classic lemon and sugar. Delicious!

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Quote by Vivian Greene

And to dance in the rain, you’ll need a brolly – order your corporate rain covers today!
Click to start creating your own brollies

Derby’s Print Angel – Jilly Rapley

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by admin No Comments

Here at Essential Print Services, we are delighted to announce the arrival of a new Print Angel Jilly Rapley.

“I’ve recently become a Print Angel at Essential Print Services. This has been a great experience for me, working and meeting new people in the office and others who come through the door! I’m always kept busy and happy to be working here. I love seeing new and creative printed products come, either designed by customers or us, they’re always vibrant, unique and exciting.”

 Here’s some fun facts about Jilly:

-Would you bungee jump?
I’ve never done it before but I would love to

-What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Hair and eyes

-What was the last ‘tune’ you bought?
A Nirvana Vinyl Album

-Who’s your hero?
Hannah Pixie Snowdon, I find her inspiring because she’s talented, does what she loves and does a lot of charity work

-What’s your favourite food?
Asian cuisine such as Chinese, Vietnamese etc. but I also love sweets

-Where is the furthest you have been from home?
The furthest I’ve been from home is Vietnam but I class that as a home too so probably Oman.

-One band you would love to see live before you die?
Simple plan, Mcfly, I’m not sure probably any I used to listen to when I was little but have never seen live

-What’s the least favourite thing about yourself?
My height

-What are your hobbies or interests?
I watch a lot of TV shows and anime, I also love drawing and painting. I like going to the cinema to see new films and going out.

-What are your biggest fears?
Not having internet

-Any pearls of wisdom?
Treat others how you want to be treated.

Don’t let Doris Day destroy your signs

Posted on: February 23rd, 2017 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Storm Doris is here and causing a raucous with companies’ signage throughout Derby & Derbyshire.

So, if your banners have taken a bashing or your sign has suffered some damage, call us on 01332 418377 and we’ll help you get them replaced and printed in no time.

Why not use this opportunity to refresh your branding? Check out our ‘Beginners Guide to Signage’ to get you started.

Most importantly, please be careful and stay safe.

Print Evangelist plods through Derby’s Parks

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments


On a very chilly Sunday morning, our very own Yvonne Gorman joined other runners and plodders for an unofficial Ramathon training run. We all planned to go ‘Running with Jake‘ but he made the wise decision to call off interval training due to the icy conditions.

Undeterred, Yvonne joined those who were willing to jog from Alvaston Park towards Elvaston Castle and back again. It was a great way to start the day. Thank you to the chap from Shelton Striders who encouraged us along the route.

Why not join us on Sunday 26th February for the first official Ramathon Training Run. Sign up here;

Do you need motivation to run Derby’s Ramathon?

The Maria Hanson Foundation are looking for runners to enter their Ramathon team and help raise vital funds for the charity.

If you’re unsure about what it’s like to run Derby’s iconic half marathon, then drop us a message because our Print Evangelist, Yvonne Gorman, has completed it three years in a row. It’s a challenge but, it is a flat course and the atmosphere, plus camaraderie helps you through it.

Your support will help send a family on holiday to create precious memories. These short breaks are often the last holiday the family will get to spend together because a loved one has a life-limiting condition.

For more information about the charity, visit

If this isn’t your thing, that’s cool, but please share it because it could be right up someone else’s street.


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