Thanks to the supportive team at Small Business Saturday, we are delighted to present the video of ‘When Yvonne met Chuka’.
For the full story of why Yvonne was in London to meet the Shadow Business Secretary, hop over to our recent blog.
Rebekah Lord completes her year long ‘apprinticeship’ and is promoted to ‘The Printcess’.
“I’m really happy that I got the chance to be The ‘Apprintice’ at Essential Print Services, it has been a great year and it has opened my eyes into the business world, which has been a great experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better company to guide my way through the course!” said Rebekah, our brand new Printcess (Twitter @TheEPSPrintcess).
“Rebekah’s NVQ in Business Administration was well tailored to her role at Essential Print Services and has given Rebekah the knowledge to underpin her passion for providing the best administration and service possible to our clients. It’s great to see that Rebekah has now progressed from being The “Apprintice” to “Printcess”. Well done!” added Print Angel, Laura Etheridge (Twitter @ThePrintAngel)
“I feel very proud that Rebekah has been Essential Print Services’ very first apprentice and I can’t believe the transformation. I look forward to Rebekah being a part of my company for many more years to come and to see how her career progresses. Rebekah is now a fully fledged Print Angel and with the help from her colleagues, she can advise on the best print options for our clients. I’d like to thank Babington Business College for their support throughout the past year and I’d recommend any small business owner to take on an apprentice.” commented Yvonne, Essential Print Services’ business owner (Twitter @YvonneGorman).
If you’d like to send your congratulations to Rebekah or would like to put her print skills to the test, feel free to drop her a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has congratulated Derby businesswoman Yvonne Gorman on the continued expansion of her Pride Park-based print company.
Yvonne’s company was one of seven chosen to represent the nation’s small businesses at the launch of this year’s Small Business Saturday (SBS) where Chuka interviewed Yvonne in front of an invited audience of business organisation leaders and senior figures from the public and private sector.
SBS is a day when everyone is encouraged to support their local, independent businesses. The idea began in America four years ago and has received cross-party support since a UK version was introduced last year.
Chuka congratulated Yvonne on the continued growth of her company, formed in 2011, which recently added a fourth member of staff, and asked her how taking part in the first SBS had benefited her business.
Yvonne said: “There was a huge benefit in the PR opportunities that came our way – and it has raised our profile with increased requests for me to speak at business groups. We also used it as another opportunity to stay in contact with our clients and prospects with a front page article about our involvement in our own Essential News newsletter that is distributed around Derby.”
Essential Print Services was one of 100 businesses featured on the SBS Facebook Page and then invited to attend a reception in Downing Street on the eve of Small Business Saturday, 2013, where Yvonne met Chuka, Chancellor George Osborne and Enterprise and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.
Yvonne told Chuka: “We will definitely be taking part again this year and I encourage all Derby Businesses and our neighbours on Pride Park to do so too. We’ll also be offering discounts for orders received on the day as well as to other SBS participants to help them with pre-event promotion.”
Chuka said: “When I first called for a British version of Small Business Saturday in January last year I couldn’t have envisaged the sheer scale of what we achieved. Small Business Saturday was the biggest celebration of small business this country has seen, with hundreds of fantastic events taking place across Britain and the birth of a new grassroots movement. I’m hugely looking forward to this year’s event, which promises to be even bigger and better.”
It is estimated that more than £460 million was spent with small businesses on SBS 2013, and Chuka says he expects to see that figure doubled this year when Small Business Saturday takes place on December 6. Details of how to get involved are available at www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com
Yvonne said: “I’d highly recommend taking part this year to any small business owner. The team behind SBS have been so supportive and with their help we’ve been able to reach both a regional and a national audience.”
Yvonne Gorman will be helping to launch this year’s Small Business Saturday (SBS) initiative in London on Tuesday (July 8).
Yvonne, who runs Essential Print Services on Pride Park, is one of only seven businesses hand-picked from across the UK to attend the event in the British Library and have a stand showcasing her business to a host of national figures from the world of politics, business and industry.
She has also been asked if one of the event’s high-profile speakers can interview her about the impact last year’s first-ever SBS had on her business.
This year SBS falls on Saturday, December 6. It’s a day when everyone is encouraged to make a special effort to shop local and support small businesses in their communities. The idea began in America four years ago and has received cross-party support. It is part of a year-round grassroots campaign that casts a spotlight on small businesses and the vital role they play in our economy.
Yvonne said: “Getting involved in last year’s SBS was wonderful for me and my business. After signing up to support the campaign online, Essential Print Services was featured in the SBS Top 100 – a countdown of firms, featured one a day, on the SBS Facebook Page. It really helped to raise our profile locally, regionally and nationally.”
As one of the SBS Top 100, Yvonne was invited to a reception at Downing Street where she met Chancellor George Osborne (pictured below); Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna (pictured below) and Enterprise and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.
Yvonne said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the challenges and issues faced by small business owners. To be contacted again now and asked if I would be one of just a handful of UK business owners at this week’s launch is very exciting.”
This year, the higher profile that Yvonne has enjoyed – partly as a result of the SBS publicity – has led to speaking engagements where she has championed small businesses and their importance to Derbyshire’s economy. Yvonne’s business has continued to grow and she has moved to bigger premises and taken on a third staff member.
Yvonne, who launched her company in 2011, said she would encourage all local small businesses to seize any opportunity to support this year’s SBS campaign online and through planning special events or promotions they could run on the day itself: “You never know what opportunities may come your way – as they have for me – and it’s a valuable chance to showcase the quality and service that small businesses can offer.”
Not only are the Americans celebrating today – we’re rather excited too.
We’ve had an influx of fantastic testimonials just recently, which means we’re certainly flying the flag for quality, affordable print.
Here’s just one of the many we have received:
“Very impressed with such a slick, friendly, professional service from my initial phone call to collecting my print (all within about 2hrs!) you made me feel at ease at a time of stress! Thank you so much. I will be recommending you to my clients, family and friends.”
As an independent print business, we thrive on supporting our local business community with effective print that our clients are proud to hand out. So if you need help with making your marketing materials work harder, call the Print Angels today on 01332 418377.
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