We’re hiring! Will you be our next Print Angel?

Posted on: January 6th, 2016 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments


We’re looking for an Essential Print Angel
(Office Administrator) – Pride Park, Derby


Essential Print Services (Derby) Ltd is currently looking for an Essential Print Angel (AKA an Office Administrator to you and me) to join their print team based on Pride Park in Derby.

The role will be varied and will suit someone who likes working as part of a team and who is able to work to tight deadlines. You must have a happy and highly professional disposition. Be someone who is driven, with an enthusiastic manner and who will enjoy a lively environment.

The successful applicant should have:

  • Excellent understanding of Apple Mac hardware & software
  • Sensational communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail with high levels of accuracy
  • Exceptional, self-motivated ability
  • Notoriously good presentation skills
  • True desire to help others
  • Initiative & know how to use it
  • A full, clean driving licence
  • Loves stationery and organisation


The applicant should be willing to:

  • Commit to their personal development
  • Undergo a short task at the interview

Here is a list of example duties which is not exhaustive:

  • Answering the telephone
  • Filing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Greet visitors
  • Deal with goods inwards
  • Prepare jobs for delivery
  • Assist with quality control
  • Book couriers
  • Monitor & manage office supplies
  • Manage online chat facility
  • Maintain databases
  • Proof reading
  • Take debit & credit card payments
  • Assist with marketing activities (i.e. social media, website content etc.)


Preferable days and hours for this position are Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.30pm.
Deadline to submit your application: 5pm, Friday 29th January 2016

If you are looking for a new challenge and would like to make a big difference within a fast paced, expanding, creative company, then this role is for you.

To apply: our preferred method would be, a printed CV and handwritten covering letter, delivered by hand, to our Pride Park address for the attention of Yvonne Gorman.

If you’d like more information or an informal chat about this position, please contact Yvonne Gorman on 07809 361708 (in or out of office hours – she really doesn’t mind). You can email her too; von@essentialprintservices.co.uk

We may not be able to acknowledge every application. All successful candidates will be contacted as soon as possible. If you are contacted, please note that, as part of the registration process, you will be required to provide us with proof of identity and proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

No agencies please.

Small is most definitely, mighty – says Derby Printer

Posted on: December 16th, 2015 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Essential Print Services co-hosts one of the country’s single biggest events for Small Business Saturday UK.

Here I am, Yvonne Gorman of Essential Print Services in Derby.

Yvonne Gorman of Essential Print Services in Derby, getting ready for this year’s event

Well, it’s certainly true what they say, good things really do come in small packages and small, local businesses are no exception to the rule!

Saturday 5th December saw an army of small business supporters from across Derby and Derbyshire descend on the Council House in the city centre to attend the eagerly anticipated “Small Business Saturday”.

For those of you that don’t know, just to recap, it’s the one day in the year when small, local and independently owned enterprises come together. Its a chance for them to take centre stage in showcasing what they have to offer as well as highlighting the valued contribution that they each make to the UK High Street.

Being only one of twenty “Small Business Saturday Champions” in the UK, it was my job to help spread word of the event as far and as wide as possible. Judging by the response and the turnout on the day, I did a pretty good job, even if I do say so myself!

Printed items from Essential Print Services, Derby

Just a few of the items printed for the event, including banners, posters, goodie bags and even printed cups!

To show my company’s commitment to the event, Essential Print Services supplied all the banners, signage, printed programmes, flyers, pledge cards and even printed goodie bags, completely free of charge.

Yvonne Gorman with Dame Margaret Beckett MP & Farrah Allarakha of Neo Elegance.

Yvonne Gorman with Dame Margaret Beckett MP & Farrah Allarakha of Neo Elegance.

Not only did owners, traders and service providers of Derby attend the event, we were also joined by none other than Dame Margaret Beckett (MP) and Councillor Martin Rawson (Deputy Leader of Derby City Council). They braved the elements to come out and show their support and delivered keynote speeches to the crowd that had amassed.

The day kicked off bright and early as there was a jam packed agenda of talks and workshops for all attendees, giving them all valuable insights into how to make their business stand out from the crowd but above all, how to be successful in today’s testing trading conditions.

After key business figures within the community had imparted their knowledge onto the keen ears of all that were there, the day came to a close with an exciting prize draw with two lucky winners walking away with a combined prize value of over £2000.

Thank you to all those who donated prizes including Portixol Relocations who donated an overnight stay at The Birchover Residences. Thanks also go to Derby accountancy firm, David Coleman & Co, who donated a year’s worth of accounting software and local jeweller, Equine Diamonds, who donated a pair of exquisite earrings.

Small Business Saturday

Left to right; Simon Thacker from David Coleman & Co, Mark Averill from Portixol Relocations, Neale Lewis and Olly from Derby Business TV.

In a show of their support, Derby City Council offered free parking to anyone visiting the city centre, both on street and in all council run car parks which enabled anyone who wanted to come along and join in, to do so.

Derby Business TV was out in force, with Neale Lewis interviewing just a few of the many people who exhibited and visited.

Now for the numbers…
Official statistics show that in the 24 hours following the event, an estimated £623 million was spent with small businesses across the UK! This number is a whopping increase of approximately £119 million on last year’s total and an increase in spending of 24%. WOW!

The event was also a huge success across social media platforms with over 100,000 tweets published on the day that had a combined reach of more than 25 million people. AMAZING!

Almost half (48%) of consumers who were aware of the day and who shopped in a small business on the 5th December, said they spent more than usual, with 34% saying they had spent at least a quarter (25%) more than they would usually on a typical Saturday. If that isn’t a result, then I don’t know what is!

With a resounding success reported by everyone who came along on the day, I can’t wait until next year which is set to be even bigger and even better! Bring it on!

All photographs have been kindly supplied by Derby Photographer, Averill Photography.

To register your interest for 2016’s event, email info@smallbusinessderby.co.uk

Essential Print Services – as featured in Print Monthly Magazine

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Derby’s Pride Park Printer featured in Print Monthly

We are very proud to report that we have been featured in the December edition of the prestigious Print Monthly Magazine.

With a circulation of over 10,800, our very own Print Evangelist was thrilled to see the images that were taken earlier this year by local, Derby-based photography firm; Jakt Photography.

The article was based on our top tips for Christmas print preparation which urges everyone to plan for their Christmas printing in advance and it offers a helping hand to those who are finding it a challenge to organise their printed Christmas Cards and Calendars.

If you do need a helping hand from the Print Angels this festive season, don’t get your walnuts in a pickle, simply call 01332 418377.


Top Tips for Christmas Print Preparation

Posted on: September 25th, 2015 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

There’s no time like the Present

Christmas Preparation

Christmas seems to come around earlier and earlier with each passing year and images of Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, are far from the forefronts of minds when it still feels like summer outside.

“In actual fact, now is the perfect time to be thinking about your printing requirements not only over the festive period but also well into 2016” says Yvonne Gorman, Print Evangelist and owner of Essential Print Services, Derby.

Being prepared for Christmas printing early is no bad thing, as it leaves time in the schedule that can be used on other areas of a business that demand attention. Not only this, but it’s a good demonstration to existing customers and prospects alike of a businesses amazing organisational skills!

The earlier you start to spread the festive cheer, the more memorable a Christmas Card campaign or promotion is likely to be. So don’t be afraid to break the mould and set the precedence by being the first to get your seasonal salutations out there.

Being organised also pays dividends when it comes to reducing the stress levels, after all, the festivities are a time for peace on earth and goodwill to all men, which isn’t always achievable if campaign deadlines are looming and the pressure is on.

So, how do you go about creating a successful Christmas campaign or promotion when the sun has still got its hat on?

If you’re struggling to channel your inner festive fairy, work with your creative team sooner rather than later to create a yuletide masterpiece worthy of good King Wenceslas himself.

The team at Essential Print Services Derby, lead by Print Evangelist Yvonne Gorman, have a genuine passion for all things print as well as all things festive. They would love to discuss your print requirements, large or small, for the holiday period and beyond.

For more information on how the “Print Angels” can help you to get your Christmas party started, why not contact them today on 01332 418 377? You can also chat to them online (in office hours), just see the chat bar below.

Derby Printer calls to support small businesses

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

"Think Big, Shop Small" says Yvonne Gorman, Owner of Essential Print Services and Small Business Saturday UK Champion

“Think Big, Shop Small” says Yvonne Gorman, Owner of Essential Print Services and Small Business Saturday UK Champion

Being a business owner myself, I fully appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that go in to making a success of your venture and also just how hard it can be to get your name and product out there in to the public arena. I’ve learnt my lessons along the way, gaining valuable insights in to the things that work and the things that definitely don’t’, helping me to understand the challenges that smaller businesses can face but also how they can be overcome.

Everyone has to start somewhere and you un-doubtly want to make an impression (after all there are bills to pay), so how do you go about doing this and doing it well in a world of big brands, big names and even bigger budgets? Enter the “Small Business Saturday” Campaign!

As a firm believer in supporting the smaller and local businesses of Derby, I have been chosen to take on the role of Small Business Saturday Champion for the region! “Big deal” I hear you say but having been chosen with only 19 others from around the UK, I think it’s definitely something worth shouting about!

Small Business Saturday 100 Alumni and dignitaries attend this year's launch

Small Business Saturday 100 Alumni and dignitaries attend this year’s launch. To the far left, Campaign Director; Michelle Ovens MBE and far right, Shadow Business Secretary; Chuka Umunna.

So what is it all about?
Well, the purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and the profiles of smaller businesses and the necessity of local support. The campaign also highlights the substantial contribution that smaller businesses make to the UK economy as a whole.

Tell me more…
On Saturday 05th December the spotlight is firmly placed on the small businesses of the UK with an estimated 5million business taking part in the initiative. It’s my mission to unite the small business of Derby and Derbyshire in a show of strength and solidarity, to demonstrate the diverse range of products and services available in and around the region and indeed the East Midlands. It’s also a chance for local people to show their support by visiting their local retailers and service providers to see for themselves first hand, the benefits and advantages of supporting the smaller enterprises.

Friends of Essential Print Services; Katrina Atherton and John Starkie from A Star Media.

Friends of Essential Print Services; Katrina Atherton and John Starkie from A Star Media.

In 2014, the campaign saw in the region of 16.5 million people spending with smaller business in the UK on this one day alone, bringing in a staggering £504 million worth of revenue. This was a 20% increase on the estimated 2.7 million people who shopped locally previously in 2013.

Save the date – Saturday 5th December 2015

In the run up to the main event on the 05th December, there will be a series of free to attend workshops held up and down the country, led by small business owners and Entrepreneurs. These workshops will be broadcast via the Small Business Saturday YouTube Channel so don’t worry if you are unable to attend. You’ll also be able to follow the workshops through live Twitter Q&A sessions.

Not to be outdone by the rest of the UK, Essential Print Services, together with Derby City Council will be hosting its own event on the day at the Council House. There’ll be a Small Business Exhibition, free workshops and inspiring talks from some of Derby’s leading and award-winning business owners. It will be a celebration of Derby’s small businesses and everyone is welcome.

OK, how do I get Involved…
To find out more about “Small Business Saturday” in general please visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com. If you’d like to get involved with Derby’s activities, either as a Small Business or a supporter, contact me directly via email at von@essentialprintservices.co.uk.

Here’s a video for more reasons to get involved with Small Business Saturday.

What are you waiting for?

Shadow Business Secretary; Chuka Umunna with Yvonne Gorman

Shadow Business Secretary; Chuka Umunna with Yvonne Gorman

Chuka Umunna recalls previous encounters with Derby's Print Evangelist.

Chuka Umunna recalls previous encounters with Derby’s Print Evangelist.

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From business cards, brochures and leaflets, through to folders, flyers, banners and promotional items, we can handle anything from conventional full-colour print to some of the most bizarre print requests.

If you need a printer, who will look after you, every step of the way, call 01332 418377.

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