Derby Print Firm bursts with pride over company expansion & record sales.

Posted on: December 8th, 2017 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Pride Park based, Essential Print Services, is bursting with pride over its recent office move and a record-breaking month of sales.

The new move will not only allow its workforce to double in size, which cannot have happened at a better time since they are also celebrating one of their best sales months ever.

The company is staying on Pride Park, in Derby, but transferring from Melbourne Court to Victoria Way, near to Derby’s iconic Arena.

Owner, and print evangelist, Yvonne Gorman said: “Our order book and customer base is continually growing because even in challenging economic times, reliability and high standards of service are still in big demand. It’s vital that businesses make the most out of every piece of marketing material they produce, so that they can stand out from the crowd. That’s where we come in.”

“Printing has always been my passion – my dad was in the print business for 37 years. After launching Essential Print Services in 2011, I quickly proved that there was a need for expert advice, great customer service and quality printing at a competitive price.”

Yvonne added: “I believe we succeed because we go the extra mile to supply smarter, better, fresher print. I get a real kick out of helping businesses spend their budget wisely and market themselves effectively. It’s also been great to win the chance to help many of Derby’s top businesses revitalise their printed materials and reach their goals.”

Since 2011, this vibrant printing company has been helping clients get their message across in print – whether that’s brochures, banners, posters, flyers, postcards, calendars, business cards or a host of other high-quality products.

Yvonne has shown over the last six years, that there is no substitute for passion, hard work, great products and a will to succeed.

Yvonne adds “I’m excited about Derby’s future. Pride Park especially – it is acquiring new companies all the time, which in turn is creating more employment within the city. My employees and I want to be able to utilise the amazing facilities such as Derby Arena and Pride Park Stadium that is right on our doorstep”.

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Since this story was published, we’ve made the headlines, time and time again:

Featured in Print Monthly magazine.


Important things to look out for on proofs

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by Katie Fitzpatrick No Comments

Before any artwork is sent to print, all your files go through our famous (and free) 12-point technical check. Most printers won’t offer this service and if they do, they’ll often charge you for it.

You can rest assured, knowing that not only will we alert you if anything looks a little odd, but in most cases, it’ll be something we can help you put right!

Ultimately, it is your responsibility to check the artwork carefully. Once you have given your approval, we will not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.

But don’t panic, we have a put together a trusty checklist of all the things for you to look out for:

1).  Spelling
2). Company Details
3). Grammar
4). Dates, times, prices etc.
5). High res images*

*We will always send you high res proofs unless otherwise stated. To check image quality, view the PDF on a laptop or desktop computer and zoom into 150% on screen.

If you are unsure about anything on your proof, just pick up the phone and we can talk you through it. To iron out, any issues call us on 01332 418377. If you can see a comments box below, feel free to leave us a reply.

What to put on a letterhead

Posted on: August 2nd, 2017 by Katie Fitzpatrick No Comments

“What do I need to put on my letterheads?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions at Essential Print Services.

After many years of creating artwork files for print, we have seen hundreds of letterhead proofs, which means we have a good idea of what needs to go on them!

Using this experience, here are our three top tips on what to include on your letterheads.

1) If your company is a Limited entity, you must display your Company Registration Number, the registered office address (if it’s different to the trading one) and the full legal entity (i.e. our official business name is; Essential Print Services (Derby) Ltd).

2) Some people include VAT numbers because they use their letterheads for invoices, but a VAT is not compulsory.

3) It’s best practice to include a landline and a generic email address. Using mobile numbers and Gmail accounts won’t give the best first impression.

But what else?

As well as content, there are a few other aspects to consider. Firstly, you should consider how many copies you need. Buying more letterheads than you actually need is a false economy. You’re denying yourself the opportunity to refresh your design and update information if required.

Secondly, we recommend our 120g wove paper, which gives a fantastic finish. This is suitable to run through your office printers and looks great. However, we do offer other papers too!

If you already have your letterhead design and you’d like advice, email it to us and we’ll take a look for you – no obligation!

If you’d like to see samples of our letterhead paper or would like a price list, simply call the Print Angels on 01332 418377 for a FREE swatch pack.

Are you wondering about business cards too? We have a super detailed blog about what to include on your business cards here.

How to build better business relationships

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Katie Fitzpatrick No Comments

There are lots of ways to get to know your customers better.

Here are our favourite ways to get to know customers. Take a look and if you try some out yourself, let us know how you get on.

  • Attend customers’ product launches, socials and events.
  • Instead of always liaising over the phone or email, meet them for a coffee to discuss projects or just for an informal chat.
  • Ask about their day or weekend. You might discover you share the same hobby.
  • Invite them to your networking events and business seminars.
  • Ask for feedback on your products and services.
  • Connect with clients on social media and you’ll gain an insight into their lives.


Our Print Evangelist said, “after taking part in the Chatsworth 10k run, I noticed on Facebook that a customer had been there too. When I got back to the office, I dropped her a line to see how she got on. This provided some common ground – something to talk about other than work, which I think is really important. I think people appreciate some light relief in their work day. Since then, we’ve organised to go for lunch to discuss our running experiences and race calendar.

Another client often posts photographs on social media of their dog. I love dogs so, whenever I see or speak to them, I always ask how they are first and then, “how’s Sid?” (their dog). I’ve even offered to dogsit!”

Our Artwork Avenger, Lee, said, “product and event support is key. I think a great example is when we attend our own customers’ events. Most recently and to name just a few examples, we’ve attended a customer’s open garden event, we make a concerted effort to spend money at our clients’ restaurants and shops and we get involved with charity events and fundraising.”

So what are you waiting for? Go that extra mile and see where it takes you and your business.

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You may also like our blog >> ‘Why it is easier to approve printed proofs‘.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Call 01332 418377

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Here are a few questions we are asked the most:

Q: What’s your minimum order quantity? Can I have one of something?

“There are some items like large posters and exhibition stands, which can be produced as one-offs. Business cards and leaflets just aren’t cost effective to print individually. But, if you let us know what you’d ideally like, we can work around your budget.”

Q: I’ve been offered some last minute exhibition space – can you print quickly?
“Of course. Business cards, posters, leaflets and some brochures can be printed rapidly. The sooner you let us know the better, but by working together, there’s always something we can do.”

Q: Why do you have unusual job titles? What exactly is a Print Evangelist?
“Why not have a funky title? It helps us stand out from the crowd. The name, ‘Print Evangelist’ is simply a great way to express our enthusiasm for providing great quality print and helping our clients.”

Q: Do you just print brochures and leaflets or can you print promotional items too?
“Absolutely, our order book is varied. We print umbrellas, mugs, pens through to signage, large graphics and exhibition equipment. We love a challenge – so the more unusual the better.”

Q: Why should I use a company like Essential Print Services when I can get business cards for free off the internet?

“There’s nothing wrong with buying free print off the internet but what impression will that give to your potential customers? You get what you pay for but, quality doesn’t have to mean expensive. So, before you confirm your order with a faceless internet print provider, call us for smarter, better, fresher print.”

There’s no such thing as a silly question, only one that is not asked, so if you have a question for the Print Evangelist or Print Angels, simply email

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