Charitable Tuesday Spotlight; me&dee

Posted on: November 6th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Happy Charitable Tuesday and thank you for joining me for a very special blog post today. Every day, each of us has the power to make a positive difference in our own lives and the lives of those around us. Here at Essential Print Services we certainly see it as part of our mission to help charities and good causes in our community.

In light of that fact, we are thrilled to be able to help a number of charities that do some amazing work in and around the East Midlands. Each week, I will be spotlighting a charity that we work alongside in order to help raise awareness for their cause and to encourage local business owners to get involved with a local charity.

This week; I am blogging about a charity which is very close to our hearts at Essential Print Services and that is me&dee.

Who are me&dee?

The concept of the non for profit charity me&dee was the brain child of Maria Hanson and her very close cousin, Delia. The charity provides treats and special moments where time is precious, conscious of the impact that a treat created for just £100 can have, with personal attention to create special memories. These treats and special moments are created for children and adults with life shortening and life threatening conditions.

As a disabled woman herself, Maria knows only too well how treats can become bottom of a priority list. Sadly, her cousin Delia lost her battle with cancer in 2005 before they could achieve their dreams together and as such, Maria carries out their dreams in her heart. Now 5 years on, me&dee is creating over 100 special moments a year and in addition is supporting oncology wards in hospitals and in hospices with nominations (over 200 nominations are covered in a year, 20+ a month at least!) and their ‘comfort pack scheme.’

What is the comfort pack scheme?

Charity founder Maria produces comfort packs to be given to parents of children rushed into hospital, which include thoughtful items like toothbrushes, coffee sachets, tissues and other items they may not have had time to gather together.

Western Power Distribution sponsored the comfort packs and Essential Print Services  philanthropically provided the printing on the bags. We’ve also printed free sponsorship envelopes, flyers, event tickets and leaflets for me&dee and donated a day of artwork time so that the charity could have professional-looking forms and literature.

Yvonne Gorman and Maria Hanson with representatives of Western Power


How can I get involved?

me&dee can create a special moment for £100, so if you and 9 other people are able to donate just £10 – one child can have a special moment that will live on in the hearts and memories of so many people, forever.

Maria works so hard in order to make her dream a reality and she is such an inspirational lady. Working alongside Maria is always a pleasure and it’s a charity that we absolutely love to support.

You can read more about the top rated charityme&dee and discover number of ways you can support this wonderful charity at their website –

Coming up: I will be spotlighting B.O.D.Y, Rainbows Children’s Hospice and many more.

As always, I’d welcome any feedback or a quick ‘hello’ so email me at

Thanks for reading.

Happy Halloween from the Print Witch and Print Devil.

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by admin No Comments

Happy Wicked Wednesday! Mwah ha ha!

With the dark nights upon us, let us help you lighten your spirits with this ghouly joke;what is a vampire’s favourite dance? The Fang-Dango.

Halloween may not be over yet but we can’t resist to take this opportunity to mention the “C” word. Its just over 7 weeks until Christmas and for the more organised amongst us, you will probably want to have all your christmas cards, corporate calendars, wall planners and other gifts, sent out for the start of December. But even the most creative Marketing people can find it difficult to think of fresh ideas for their Christmas promotions. Don’t fear, the Essential Team is here.

After a brief chat about your business, your customers and what you want to achieve, we will come up with the ideas for you, provide proofs and give you prices.

You don’t have to order hundreds of items to make it worthwhile – some corporate gifts are available in runs of 25, perfect for smaller businesses. Some items do take time to produce so it’s best not to leave it to the last minute. Aim to have everything produced and ready to send out by the end of November.

Here’s another; what do you call a witch in the desert? A sandwitch.

OK, so print is no joke, but it shouldn’t be a scary experience either. At Essential Print Services, we aim to be as affordable as onilne companies, as flexible as a local provider, with thrilling service that exceeds expectations.

So get your Christmas wish list together and call 01332 418377.

Mini Roll Up Banners

Available in A4 or A3 size, these small, but perfectly formed mini rollup banners are ideal for reception signs, advertising and for when exhibition space is limited.

For just £35+VAT for A4 size or £45+VAT for A3, these are a great solution for a very affordable, professional looking display. To order yours, call us today on 01332 418377.

Are you ready for your corporate Christmas promotions?

The countdown is on to bring all your marketing ideas to life.‘The early bird catches the worm’. Don’t be afraid to be the first to send out your cards and gifts. It can make you more memorable and show your clients and prospects how organised you are.

Your cards, gifts and calendars will gain maximum exposure too. If you’re ready to talk about the “C” word, then don’t delay, call 01332 418377.


As always, I’d welcome any feedback or a quick ‘hello’ so email me at

Thanks for reading.

The Print Angel – Three months in.

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Thank you for joining me for the fifth instalment of my Print Blog. September has gone frighteningly quickly and it’s been great! As you’ll know by now if you’ve been kind enough to follow my blog, I am the (not-so) new girl on the print block at Essential Print Services.

I’ve written other blog entries including A Week in the life of EPS Social MediaNetworking 2.0, a Challenge Anneka style blog and a Print Angel introduction; do feel free to pop along to those pages for a read.

What’s new with the Print Angel?

Considering I have now been working for Essential Print Services for 3 months, I thought I’d review how it’s been and what I’ve learnt. We could all do with a bit of a recap every now and again, couldn’t we?

I joined Essential Print Services in July, as most of you will probably know, Essential Print Services is preceded by it’s own reputation. So I was aware of the company and it’s place in the Derby business community. It was both exciting and nerve wracking knowing that I was going to be playing a part in that. Could I keep up the exceptional service levels that Essential Print Services’ customers had come to expect and would now accept as the ‘norm’…?

Taking on the role of a ‘Print Angel’.

When the concept of my job title was being discussed, ‘Print Angel’ was born. It fits perfectly with Yvonne’s title, the ‘Print Evangelist’ and as well as being really recognisable it also represents my enthusiasm for providing quality print and exceptional service.

The name has grown somewhat over the past 3 months and I regularly receive calls asking for the Print Angel and people have referred to me as the Print Angel on the networking scene too – two great examples of why job titles are so important. (You can read more about this in the Q&A section of our latest newsletter.)

Increasing my networking presence, one event at a time…

Networking was something I knew I was going to have to break into when I joined Essential Print Services. I was both nervous and excited about this prospect having never ventured into the networking world before.

Networking has both met and exceeded my expectations. It is incredibly powerful to see first hand the benefits that networking can have for your business. If you’re interested, you can read more about my networking escapades on my blog post entitled Networking 2.0.

Working at Essential Print Services…

So, let’s get to the nitty gritty. What’s it like to work at Essential Print Services? Well, no two days are the same… Monotony can be a tough thing to deal with in a job and it’s something I certainly never experience at Essential Print Services. Each day is jam packed with new enquiries, new and existing clients to speak to, new events to attend and new print jobs to deliver!

It’s challenging. I’m constantly forced to push boundaries, improve my skills and continually provide an ever increasing level of service to customers to ensure that they have an experience like never before.

It’s exciting. If you’re in a job where you are able to say that your days are exciting; you’re on to a winner. If you love what you do and it shows – that’s half the battle won and it’s something that I think has come across to everyone that I have met during my first three months at Essential Print Services.

So in summary, it’s been a blast! I can’t believe this post marks the end of my first three months at Essential Print Services. I wonder what’s next…

As always, I’d welcome any feedback or a quick ‘hello’ so email me at

Thanks for reading.

Essential Print Services Autumn Newsletter

Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Hot off the Press!

We are pleased to announce the release of our Autumn Newsletter.

Included in this issue:

Fail to plan, plan to fail. Page 2:  Liz Strama from Route to Exit reveals some great tips on how to add value to your business.

Let’s get personal. Page 2:  Direct Mail is here to stay and by knowing what’s available, you’ll be sure to make your next campaign a success.

The ‘C’ Word.  Page 2:  You can’t avoid it and it’s the same day every year. So why do people leave it until the last minute? This year, let us help you prepare for a cracking corporate Christmas.

How to exceed expectations and keep your clients coming back for more. Page 3:  Marylou Booth from Training Works tells us how you can increase your profits with excellent customer care. Find out how readers of Essential News can receive a FREE copy of her latest book by turning to page 3.

What’s hot and what’s not. Page 3:  Derby’s very own Print Angel gives us her run down of the best and worst in the print world right now.

The Essentials. Page 4:  Yvonne and Laura from Essential Print Services answer their clients’ frequently asked questions.

Print Puzzle; find your way to a-maze-ing print. Page 4:  A good old fashioned puzzle – just for fun. Go on, have a go. Have you spotted the Quick Print Teaser on page 3? Or what about the print joke on page 2?

To request your copy, simply email and I will send one out to you!

Thanks for reading.

A week in the life of EPS Social Media…

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Thank you for joining me for the fourth instalment of my Print Blog. These last two weeks have been absolutely fantastic, August has been a record breaking month and an absolute blast! As you’ll know by now if you’ve been kind enough to follow my blog, I am the new girl on the print block at Essential Print Services.

I’ve written other blog entries including Networking 2.0, a Challenge Anneka style blog and a Print Angel introduction; do feel free to pop along to those pages for a read.

What’s new with the Print Angel this week?

Well, this week I’d like to talk about a week in the life of Social Media for Essential Print Services.

Whether your business isn’t on the Social Media scene yet, or you are very keen on keeping up with the latest in online trends; this blog will give you an insight on how we run an effective Social Media campaign that works for our business. Hopefully you will find some useful tips, you will begin (or continue) to interact with us and you’ll enjoy reading!

What Social Media platforms do you use?

Firstly, Linkedin is an essential business networking tool and we love to use it. It’s a brilliant (and quick!) way of keeping in touch with professional contacts. Think of it like a Facebook for business. When you meet people at networking events, send them a connection request on Linkedin to keep in touch. They might start providing a service you need, or vice versa.

Google+ is a similar platform to Linkedin whereby it has more of a professional edge. You can link this in with your Google local account, so that people who Google you can see your updates. Oooh, fancy!

We also use Facebook – this is a great and fun way to keep our clients and friends up to date. We use Twitter for the same purpose, it’s always a challenge for me to keep to 140 characters though… (Don’t nod!)

Another good social media platform for creative types like us, is Pinterest. It’s essentially an online pin board where you can ‘pin’ images from anywhere on the web, or upload your own, other people can see them and in turn ‘pin’ them to their boards.

So, what do you post on your Social Media?

Well, we have daily themes, which is a great way to engage people with your content and leave a lasting impression.

Manic Monday – Currently for our Manic Monday feature, we have teamed up with Julian Hall from Beating Anger Derby to provide stress-busting tips.

Charitable Tuesday – At the moment, we are asking people to nominate a chosen charity to be entered into our monthly prize draw to win £250.00 worth of free print.

Wise Wednesday – Our wise owl will provide you with words of wisdom on a Wednesday, or a business tip. Don’t be a twit-twoo and miss these updates.

Thirsty Thursday – We are running a competition whereby if you simply answer a question on our Facebook Page you can win free tea & cake for two at Bean Caffe in Friar Gate Studios.

And Follow Friday – This is where we give a ‘shout out’ to fellow professionals that we have enjoyed interacting with during the week and we encourage all of our followers to get involved in interacting with them too.

So as you can see, we are busy bee’s when it comes to Social Media. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Join us and see what all the fuss is about.

As always, I’d welcome any feedback or a quick ‘hello’ so email me at

Thanks for reading.

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