Derby Printer Celebrates Best Month!

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by admin No Comments

We Are Celebrating Our 6th Birthday And Best Month Ever!

The brainchild of ‘print evangelist’ Yvonne Gorman, Essential Print Services already boasts an impressive business record for so young a company, with a staff and year-on-year sales growth.

Not only that but Yvonne herself is already a renowned business figurehead. Named as one of a handful of “Leading Ladies” in the local press, Yvonne has appeared on ITV Central News, visited No. 10 Downing Street and continues a national appointment as Small Business Saturday UK Champion.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride for the past six years, but, according to Yvonne, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Yvonne says: “I can’t believe the business is six years old! We’ve achieved such a lot and what better way to celebrate than with our best ever sales month – it is perfect timing. The Essential Team’s hard work is paying off. People keep telling me that print is dead, but I’ve seen no evidence of this – we just keep continuing to grow and I can’t see it stopping anytime soon.”

“In March we absolutely smashed our sales target and achieved our best month EVER! It was a phenomenal way to celebrate our 6th birthday. I certainly could not have achieved all that by myself. A round of applause must go to Lee, Katie and Jilly for their hard work and of course, to our amazing customers who support us on our journey,” said Yvonne, owner of Essential Print Services.

Yvonne counts one of her biggest successes in the past year as finding her ‘dream team’. Lee Johnson has been heading up Essential Print Services’ studio for just under a year and is responsible for checking the hundreds of client files a month to ensure the best possible end, for which the company is renowned.

Katie Fitzpatrick joined the business as a “Print Angel” and helps Yvonne to look after Essential Print Services’ loyal customer base by providing fantastic customer service – the hundreds of testimonials they receive is a testament to this.

The most recent appointment was during National Apprenticeship Week in March this year when Jilly Rapley joined the business as a Print Assistant. Yvonne will be working with fellow Pride Park business; Babington Business College, to help Jilly complete her apprenticeship and the newest recruit has already made a big impact on the business.

“Having the right people in your business is crucial. They need to understand that outstanding quality and amazing customer service is paramount. Printing is hard work and some jobs are technically challenging so, what is also important to me that I’m part of a team who can fun in the office and enjoy what they do. There are days when my face aches from laughing so much,” Yvonne Gorman adds.

Yvonne also continues to work hard in her role as part of the Small Business Saturday UK campaign, for which she was appointed one of only 10 ‘champions’ in the country for the third year running.

Her business ethos isn’t just about financial growth: she is also a driving force behind several not-for-profit business groups in Derbyshire, including Derby Hub and the Hallmark Group, as well as being a trustee of the Me & Dee Charity, which supports children and adults with life-limiting illnesses and military personnel suffering from PTSD. Essential Print Services is also proud to sponsor Derby’s iconic half marathon, the Ramathon for the fourth year running.

She says: “I feel both privileged and proud to have created a sustainable business that not only employs local people but that supports many other East Midlands firms, as well as my local community. I am so excited about the future of my business and can’t wait to see how my team develops.”

“I’m also thrilled to be able to prove that, despite setting up in the middle of a recession and with the strong digital competition that the print industry now faces, printers can thrive and that Essential Print Services is one of them.”

See what we got up to during our birthday celebrations, like our Facebook page and take a sneaky peek.

Derby’s Print Angel – Jilly Rapley

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by admin No Comments

Here at Essential Print Services, we are delighted to announce the arrival of a new Print Angel Jilly Rapley.

“I’ve recently become a Print Angel at Essential Print Services. This has been a great experience for me, working and meeting new people in the office and others who come through the door! I’m always kept busy and happy to be working here. I love seeing new and creative printed products come, either designed by customers or us, they’re always vibrant, unique and exciting.”

 Here’s some fun facts about Jilly:

-Would you bungee jump?
I’ve never done it before but I would love to

-What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Hair and eyes

-What was the last ‘tune’ you bought?
A Nirvana Vinyl Album

-Who’s your hero?
Hannah Pixie Snowdon, I find her inspiring because she’s talented, does what she loves and does a lot of charity work

-What’s your favourite food?
Asian cuisine such as Chinese, Vietnamese etc. but I also love sweets

-Where is the furthest you have been from home?
The furthest I’ve been from home is Vietnam but I class that as a home too so probably Oman.

-One band you would love to see live before you die?
Simple plan, Mcfly, I’m not sure probably any I used to listen to when I was little but have never seen live

-What’s the least favourite thing about yourself?
My height

-What are your hobbies or interests?
I watch a lot of TV shows and anime, I also love drawing and painting. I like going to the cinema to see new films and going out.

-What are your biggest fears?
Not having internet

-Any pearls of wisdom?
Treat others how you want to be treated.

Local Business Week; The Apprintice Picks

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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Happy Friday!

My final top pick for Local Business Week is is a completely free resource for Pride Park businesses to share information about their companies, events, offers, vacancies and more.

– Discover news affecting local businesses
– Upcoming events
– Recruitment; vacancy listings
– Property listings
– Exclusive special offers
– Source new suppliers
– Collaborate with other Pride Park businesses

The website is funded and managed by a collaboration of Pride Park Businesses, which include, us here at Essential Print Services, Geldards, Konnekt IT and Cocoon Vehicles. We also have the support from Marketing Derby and Derbyshire Constabulary.

Visit to find out more.

Missed out my top pick for Thursday? head to our blog to read all about Robinsons.

To read all about Local Business Week, head over to Essential Print Services‘ blog.

Local Business Week; The Apprintice Picks

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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Happy Thursday!

My top pick for Thursday is Robinson Structures.

Robinson Structures are a modern, family-owned, customer-focused construction company specialising in projects involving structural steelwork, built upon three generations of the Robinson family.

The Robinson family and their highly skilled colleagues have been producing and building steel frames since the 1950s when Sidney Robinson, the father of current Managing Director Steve Robinson, began refurbishing and extending existing agricultural buildings. From these humble beginnings the Robinson family name has grown into one of the most recognised in the industry.

We do believe that Robinson Structures is a business that Derby can be proud of.

To find out if Robinsons can help you visit their website or give them a call on 01332 574 711.

To read my top pick for Wednesday, Dancing Duck Brewery head on over to our blog.

If you are wondering what Local Business Week is all about and why the Print Angels are supporting it head here.

Local Business Week; The Apprintice Picks

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by admin No Comments


Happy Wednesday!

My top pick for Wednesday is the Dancing Duck Brewery.

Dancing Duck brewery was founded by husband and wife team Ian and Rachel in December 2010.

Ian has worked as a brewery design engineer for 14 years, his job has taken him all over the world from Newcastle to Africa to Bury St Edmonds to the Caribbean to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and then back to Burton on Trent again.

He figures out the design for the breweries and how they will run most efficiently whilst having the least impact on the environment, then when they have been built, he goes off and makes sure they all work properly. He loves real ale and has been drinking it for as long as he can remember but it was actually his wife who came up with the idea to open a brewery.

It’s Rachel who runs the brewery on a day-to-day basis, as far as she is concerned brewing is the best job she’s ever had, “it’s immensely satisfying producing something that you know people have been looking forward to all day or week and are going to really enjoy.”Tweet them @dancingduckbeer or call them on 01332 205582. Why not visit one of their pubs which can be located on Langley Street and Exeter Place, both of which are located in Derby.

To read Tuesday’s post all about Mind Fit Coaching head here.

To find out why Essential Print Services are supporting Local Business Week click here.

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