Showing our Support at the Lincoln Half Marathon

The Your Print Partner team were out in force yesterday cheering on the runners at the Lincoln Half Marathon.

YPP was, for the second consecutive year, the Official Branding Partner to the event and proudly produced feather flags, correx signage and metres and metres of aero banner to cover the course in the event’s signature red.

We also set up our very own YPP Supporters Zone at Lincoln’s famous Brayford Waterfront area, which was approximately the halfway point in the race. On what was a grey day thanks to the weather, we certainly brought the colour as we turned the wall of crowd control barriers into a collection of eye-catching motivational messages.

We hope our messages raised a smile and helped everyone enjoy the final few miles to the finish line.

Our Graphic Designers, who came up with the concept for the Supporters Zone, were hard at work in the early hours setting up the area and handing out hundreds of balloons to spectators.


Fastest to finish was local athlete Matt Bowser, who crossed the finish line of the 13.1 mile course in 1hr10min, with Claire Cooney the first woman in 1hr32min.

Thousands of runners took part in the event and had a terrific time, raising money for a wide range of different causes.

The day was a huge success for organisers OSB Events, with whom YPP has enjoyed a successful working relationship with for a number of years on events such as the Cambridge Half Marathon and the Outlaw Triathlon.

“Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Lincoln Half Marathon” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “I’d like to thank all my staff who helped create our Supporters Zone, and say congratulations to the organisers and the amazing army of volunteers who joined us to make the day so special. We’ll see you there next year!”.



Last Chance to See Lincoln Knights on Public Display

Your Print Partner’s very own Knight has reunited with his 35 other knightly comrades for the final time at Lincoln Castle this week before they are auctioned for charity.

The Lincoln Knights’ Trail began back in May, when 36 knight sculptures were created to represent the two main figures of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln – Nicola de la Haye (Custodian of Lincoln Castle) and William Marshall (Regent to the young King Henry III) – and placed at specially chosen sites all across the city. Each sculpture was sponsored by a local business and painted by a talented artist.


Our knight, created by artist Deven Bhurke, was based on the legendary figure of Robin Hood and his famous Lincoln Green clothing and was positioned at the centre of St Paul’s Lane in the Bailgate area of Lincoln. He has his very own Twitter account - @The RobinKnight – where you can find a huge number of pictures and comments from visitors.

The reunion event at Lincoln Castle is the last chance for the public to see the sculptures on display, and will enable those who couldn’t follow the trail to see all the designs in close detail.

Tickets for the auction can be purchased here, with all funds raised going to support The Nomad Trust, and help to fund future cultural activities in the city.


Last few days for Lincoln Knights!

As the school summer holidays come to an end so does the Lincoln Knight’s Trail, which means it’s almost time to say goodbye to our sponsored Knight. 

At Your Print Partner we were delighted to be involved in such an ambitious and successful public art event for the city.

We were also proud to supply the Knight’s Trail maps for this event which have been available from venues across the city. During the Anniversary of the Battle and the Sealing of the Charter of the Forest commemorations, Lincoln BIG’s staff, alongside city businesses, gave away more than 10,000 to people keen to track down each Knight’s location.


Our knight, created by talented artist Deven Bhurke, took his place as the fifth knight in the trail at the centre of St Paul’s Lane in the Bailgate area of Lincoln. Robin Hood, aka. Lincoln Green, has become a firm favourite not only here at Your Print Partner but by flocks of visiting children and adults alike. Not only starring in countless photos and selfies, Robin has also been featured in several blogs about the trail which you can find on his Twitter profile @TheRobinKnight.


Since the trail began in May, it has been a busy summer for Lincoln with the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln bringing a buzz to the city with a number of events running alongside the Knights’ trail.

In August, Robin Hood travelled in time to celebrate 1940’s day, surrounded by an array of family-friendly activities and music, our Knight found himself in amongst a jubilant host of 1940’s dancers. Also as the annual Steampunk Festival descended on Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter over the bank holiday wekeend, Robin was visited by our seamstress-turned-steampunk Lynda.


Thank you to everyone who came to visit, if you’ve not yet had the chance to, or want to visit again, the trail continues with the knights guarding the city’s streets until Sunday 3rd September.

That is not quite the end for our Knight; he will be re-joining his fellow knights for a Lincoln Knights’ Reunion in the grounds of the Castle where you will be able to see them for free, from September 20 to 27 between 10am and 5pm.




Flying the Flag for an Iconic Historic Event

2017 marks 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln – one of the most influential events in English history.

The battle meant that the invading French forces were repelled and the young King Henry III held on to the throne. With Henry as King, the iconic Magna Carta, seen by many as the blueprint for democracy across the world, was re-issued in November 1217 alongside a complementary charter: the Charter of the Forest.

The fighting took place in and around Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral, Bailgate area and Steep Hill.

At Your Print Partner we were delighted to be asked to provide printed bunting and medieval-styled flags to help decorate these historic city streets.

We produced hundreds of metres of bunting and bespoke flags, printed in the official campaign colours and made-to-measure, which are now on show in uphill Lincoln.

A free marketing toolkit has been launched for local businesses to help them spread the word about the celebrations and make the most of the opportunities presented by large numbers of visitors and tourists. The toolkit can be downloaded from Visit Lincoln here.

A whole host of celebrations and events will be taking place in the city during the Summer, from medieval banquets and battle re-enactments to the much anticipated Knights’ Trail, which will see 36 very special sculptures, painted by local artists, positioned in key locations throughout Lincoln.

Your Print Partner has its very own Knight, painted by artist Deven Bhurke, and you might just recognise him…

‘Lincoln Green’ is inspired of course by the heroic Robin Hood and his famous green coloured dyed woollen outfit, made in Lincoln. As well as bringing a sense of adventure to the Knights’ Trail, it is hoped that the design will help promote homelessness issues and remind us that through good deeds we can help those less fortunate than ourselves.

The Knights’ Trail begins on Saturday 20th May. The locations of the sculptures, including Robin, have now been revealed and can be viewed online here.


The Design of our Sponsored Knight is Revealed

After much anticipation, we are delighted to be able to finally reveal the design of our Knight for the Lincoln Knights’ Trail.

He’s everyone’s favourite heroic outlaw, who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor… Introducing Robin Hood, aka ‘Lincoln Green’, from artist Deven Bhurke.

The design features the final verse from a poem written by John Keats in 1820, which includes the line “Honour to the Lincoln green!”, on the Knight’s shield.

Lincoln in the Middle Ages was a prosperous and thriving city, and perhaps most famous of the city’s wares were its beautifully coloured and highly prized textiles, with one shade in particular very popular: Lincoln Green. They produced this shade by dyeing the cloth with woad (Isatis tinctoria) to give it a strong blue, then overdyeing it yellow with weld (Reseda luteola) or dyers’ broom, Genista tinctoria. The colour since became synonymous with the stories of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

At Your Print Partner, we have continued that Lincoln tradition of producing brightly coloured textiles — however nowadays we prefer to use inks and digital UV printers!


All thirty six Knights were unveiled in full to guests and the media for the very first time in a special launch event at The Showroom in Lincoln this week.

The hand-painted sculptures will form part of a special trail through the city, marking the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest, between May 20 and September 3.

More information about the Knights’ Trail can be found on the official website

We will be taking our sponsored Knight on tour before the beginning of the Trail in May, so for updates follow our Team YPP Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages (#LincolnGreen)



Lincs Business Expo 2017

Last week Your Print Partner exhibited at its very first trade exhibition of 2017, the Lincolnshire Business Expo.

The event saw more than 1,300 business representatives come together at the Lincolnshire Showground on January 18.

More than 90 businesses from Greater Lincolnshire showcased their products and services throughout the day.

We premiered our ‘Print 2017’ campaign at the event, showcasing the best and brightest in large-format digital print. On our stand you could find printed roller banners, deck chairs, cubes, feather flags and Impact pop-out displays – all designed as part of a colourful festival theme.

35 guests also took to the stage to speak at 25 different events taking place inside the venue, including our Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. Stuart was invited by the Institute of Directors to speak to talk about our recent expansion at YPP and the potential pitfalls and opportunities for businesses following the Brexit vote.

“This expo is the largest B2B event in Lincolnshire, and it’s a pleasure to be exhibiting and sponsoring for another year” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “We’ve invested a great deal in our production capabilities at our new HQ in Lincoln, and this was a chance to show just what we can offer to the business community in our home county”.


Finalists in the First Made in Lincolnshire Awards

We are very proud to be able to announce that Your Print Partner was a finalist in the very first Made in Lincolnshire awards.

This brand new event, hosted by Streets Chartered Accountants, and supported by Business Lincolnshire and Natwest Bank, was established to celebrate the diversity and creativity of those manufacturing in Lincolnshire.

The shortlist and category winners were officially announced at the Made in Lincolnshire afternoon reception which took place on Thursday 16th June 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln.

YPP was chosen from a long list of entrants as a finalist for the ‘Made in Lincolnshire – Sold Nationwide’ category.

“It was great for our business to be there amongst such an innovative and ambitious group of manufacturers” said Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “It’s a true testament to the hard work and skill of our in-house production team”.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Councillor for Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We know Lincolnshire businesses make world-class products, and that’s a message we want to spread far and wide. These awards are a chance to shout about some of the great work taking place right on our doorstep, showcasing the best of the best.”