12 Days of Printmas – The Winning Numbers

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by admin No Comments


By now, all of our lovely customers would have received one of our luxury Christmas cards.

For the vigilant folk amongst them, they may have noticed that the little robin on the back of the card has a unique number in his belly. Each number has been entered into our “12 days of Printmas” – a Raffle Robin style prize draw.

Raffle Robin

So without further adieu here are this week’s winning numbers:

Monday 1st December
PRIZE: A 5 litre mini keg of “Ay-Up” beer from Dancing Duck.

Tuesday 2nd December
PRIZE: A box of seasonal produce from Zest Produce


Wednesday 3rd December
PRIZE: A festive hamper from Lest Deli


Thursday 4th December
PRIZE: A cut and blow dry with Laura + goodie bag from Bonnie’s Beauty Spot, Draycott 


Friday 5th December
PRIZE: A £30 voucher for Wonky Table, Sadler Gate, Derby


Week two’s winning numbers

Monday 8th December
PRIZE: Tickets to Quad Cinema, Derby

Tuesday 9th December
PRIZE: A personal boxing session with Sai Varley
from Studio 2000, Derby

Wednesday 10th December
PRIZE: Lunch for two at Restaurant Seven, Pride Park


Thursday 11th December
PRIZE: Sweetie Pack
from Ashby Treats

Friday 12th December
PRIZE: Me&Dee silver plated pendant


Week three’s winning numbers

Monday 15th December
PRIZE: Wine, From Darley Abbey Wines

Tuesday 16th December
PRIZE: An activity session with either The Climbing Unit or Play Straight Cricket
, Derby

For all the lucky winners so far, please expect a call from one of the Print Angels very soon, to organise the collection or delivery of your prize.

We will be drawing one number at random every week day from Monday 1st until Tuesday 16th December.

Stay tuned because all results and prizes will be published exclusively on our website

Good Luck to everyone else over the next 2 days!

A Print Poem for National Poetry Day

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

If it’s print you need,
With value and speed,
Call Essential Print Services,
We’re the best indeed.

We print business cards and bookmarks,
Brochures and folders too,
Leaflets and letterheads,
To name but a few.

Our service and quality,
Is second to none,
That’s why our customers think,
We’re number one.

The printing presses,
Are ready for action,
They print sharp and bright,
For customer satisfaction.

We’re friendly and reliable,
We give service with a smile,
We are the passionate print providers,
Who go the extra mile.

So if its print you need
And you want to impress
Choose Essential Print Services
to assure your print is the best.

Christmas Card and Calendar Printing

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Christmas PrintingChristmas is a time to celebrate your company’s success, reward staff and thank your clients, but the prospect of sourcing ideas and prices for your corporate gifts can be quite daunting, especially if the run up to festive season is a busy one for you and your team.

But here at Essential Print Services, it’s no big secret – we love Christmas!

Over the next few weeks we’ll be helping you plan for your Christmas printing to ensure YOUR company’s promotional items, calendars and Christmas Cards arrive before your competitors’.

If you’re unsure what you can afford, don’t worry, we’ll give you no-obligation prices and work with you to find something that doesn’t break the bank but still looks great.

If you’ve got no idea where to start, don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the print process. We can even help you with artwork too.

If you don’t need very many items, don’t worry, we can print items in low print volumes to suit SME’s and sole traders.

If you need lots of gifts but don’t have the time to send them out, don’t worry, our fulfilment team can personalise cards and letters and post them out for you.

So this year, there’s no excuse – leave it to us. We’ll do the work for you, assuring you of the best quality and most cost effective solutions at all times. Leaving you more time to enjoy yourself. Party on!

To get this year’s print party started call 01332 418377 or email xmas@essentialprintservices.co.uk

Print Essentials for Companies and Start up Businesses

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Yvonne Gorman 2 Comments

We strive to help clients market their company with smarter, better and fresher print. But its not always easy to think of what a business, especially a new start-up company, might need. Here are four cost effective print ‘essentials’ for any business to begin with;

1. Compliment Slips; they’re perfect for when you don’t have time to type a letterhead or for when you simply don’t have much to say. They are great to accompany invoices and product samples. Make it personal – always write a little note too or positive message.

2. Business Cards; think of them like mini adverts and use the space wisely to get your message across. Why not have your cards cut to a shape? It doesn’t cost that much more to stand out from the crowd. Outshine your competitors with our shiny spot UV finish – it is really popular at the moment and cost effective too.

3. Leaflets & Brochures; “do you have more information?” Don’t miss the opportunity – be ready to hand over something tangible to a potential client. By handing it over there and then will save you on postage too. Remember to follow up that prospect when you get in the office.

4. Rollup Banners; when you’re not using them at events, let them stand proud in your reception area or office. That way, they are advertising your business, when you’re not even there. They also act as brand reinforcement to colleagues. Have different sized banners at the ready for last minute exhibitions and events. That way, whatever space you have, you’ll always have something that fits well and looks ‘bannertastic’.

Need advice? Just call the Print Angels on 01332 418377.

Networking – Be Stirred, Not Shaken

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Yvonne Gorman 1 Comment

Networking - Von's View

“I’ve been involved in printing for over 18 years – and my Dad used to be a printer too. So naturally, I’m evangelical about printing. But I’m equally as passionate about networking.

Why? Well – it’s a fundamental part of my company’s marketing mix, and it generates tons of opportunities for us. There are so many benefits to networking, and all the successful entrepreneurs and business owners are well aware of them.

“The very first moment you begin to realise your idea is worth pursuing, the first step on the road to success is building a network.” – Virgin founder Richard Branson (Source; Entrepreneur.com).

Well – I agree with that! When I started my company in 2011, I was lucky to have already a very solid support network around me, some of whom I’d already met at networking events that I had attended. By networking with these people, I had got to know them and – importantly – to trust them. I had professional people to bounce ideas off and to help me set up my company, rather than friends and family who, despite their best intentions, are not part of my target market! Thanks to my networking buddies, I was able to hit the ground running.

Networking helps in so many other ways too. It helps with your personal development. How? Well, it forces you out of your comfort zone and into an environment where you can:

 Practice your sales pitch,
generate marketing ideas,
raise the profile of your business
and get fired up and motivated. 

 That last point highlights how important it is for you to manage your energy. Sometimes I’m tired or really busy and look at my diary and think “I really could do without that meeting today” but experience has taught me that once I’m there, I always come away with something because I ensure I make it worth my while.

“It’s very tempting to avoid networking events, but you never know who you’re going to bump into.” – Dragon’s Den star James Caan (Source; LinkedIn).

That’s SO true! Let me give you an example. I’ve been a member of a networking group called Derby Hub for over seven years now, but over five years ago a lady visited – completely at random. She had no intention of joining but was simply in the area, had a couple of hours to kill and found the group on the ‘net. Great! After a short conversation, it became apparent she needed ‘some’ rollup banners, which eventually became ‘loads’! That lady became one of our biggest clients and also, a really good friend. What a bonus! Just think what I would have missed out on (or what a competitor could have gained) if couldn’t have been bothered to go…

Another winning networking technique is making sure you talk to strangers. Don’t just stick to who you know – ask the meeting host for an introduction to someone who’s new to you. The host effectively becomes a third party endorsement! And if you see someone stood on their own, make them feel welcome. They’ll remember you for it, and you’ll gain their trust.

Being consistent with your networking is key too. No matter what time of year, how dark, cold or busy – stay disciplined and attend. It impresses, it gets you known for the right reasons, and it also means that if someone wants to speak with you, they know exactly where you’ll be. You’ll also get a return on your investment because networking is not a get-rich-quick scheme. You have to be in it for the long-haul.

You should also network online. Consider it like a meeting in cyberspace. Follow people on LinkedIn and Twitter. It shows you’re interested and taking an interest. It also helps find common ground for when you do arrange a meeting.

 “The best networkers are people who start by seeing what they can give to somebody. It’s not because you want something back, but because you want to help – it’s a state of offering.” – Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of  Huffington Post Media Group (Source; www.huffingtonpost.co.uk).

And that’s the point. I have a genuine desire to help people and networking is all about what you can do for others. Those who turn up and want to get as many business cards as possible stick out like a sore thumb – and I have no time for them.  It’s not just about how you can help people by simply providing others with business contacts and referrals. As an expert in your field, can you offer them advice or a service that they’d find valuable? This can often lead to contra-deals, which can be very beneficial, especially if you’re a start-up business.

  Here’s my favourite quote:
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” 

 In other words, if you can’t find a networking group that you like, create one. Just like we did!

The Print Angels are involved in a number of different networking groups and business meetings. If you’d like to be our guest and visit one with us, get in touch on 01332 418377 and we can have a chat to find out which one could be right for you.

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