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YPP proud to be an official partner of the VE Day 75th Anniversary

As VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020, it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe.

Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, and, for many, mourn their loved ones.

This year the nation is recognising this important date with a bank holiday. A national series of events including street parties will celebrate this momentous day in history.

We are incredibly proud to be one of the sponsors of the official VE Day 75 organisation – www.veday75.org – with Bruno Peek LVO OBE OP Pageant master of VE Day 75 leading the national event. The organisation has been established with the aim to support local groups prepare and organise this day of national commemoration.

Many towns and villages are planning parties in village halls and venues, so we at YPP have developed a range of complementary flags, banners and bunting in conjunction with the organisation. All are proudly made in our state-of-the-art factory in Lincoln.

Click to view the VE Day 75th Anniversary Collection from Your Print Partner

 

Our range includes a number of exclusive designs for flags, banners and bunting that include the official VE Day 75th Anniversary logo as well as a space for you to customise them with the names, dates and times of your very own street parties and events. To add in your custom event information, please fill out the notes section when you proceed to the checkout on our website, or alternatively email sales@yourprintpartner.co.uk.

If you are looking for a bespoke design for your event or different sizes to suit your space then please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly customer service team who will be happy to help.

 

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YPP Secures £1million Investment to Fuel Growth

The YPP Group, owner of Your Print Partner Ltd, has announced that it has secured a £1million investment from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) in order to continue meteoric growth.

As part of its future growth strategy, YPP is aiming to change the face of the personalised gifts market and will be using the investment to facilitate the launch of its latest subsidiary, Custom Gifts.

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Custom Gifts

Custom Gifts is a new brand dedicated to personalised gifting, and is set to launch its new e-commerce website – customgifts.co.uk – in March. The new site has been designed to provide online shoppers with the widest range of premium personalised gifts available, including hundreds of exciting licensed products from Warner Brothers, Disney, major UK football clubs and other familiar brands.

Your Print Partner

Whilst this new investment is predominantly to fuel the new brand, it will also bring huge benefits to Your Print Partner.

Your Print Partner is already recognised as the UKs largest producer of ‹“soft signage, and is today dispatching more orders than ever before from our Lincoln HQ. This however does not mean that the company will be relaxing its targets for future growth, and we are delighted to be able to announce that we are launching a number of new products this year – soon to be unveiled following the publication of our 2019-2020 Print Collection.

Your Print Partner brochure 2019

This new brochure (sneak peak above) will be our largest to date, packed full of new products, helpful tips, and the most competitive prices. If you are not already on our mailing list, make sure to reserve your free copy today by emailing sales@yourprintpartner.co.uk with your address details.

We will also soon be adding to our team, with new staff joining our ever-expanding production department as we introduce new 24hr production schedules and offer next day delivery on a number of key product lines.

Vision for the Future

We had an ambitious and exciting plan for growth, and one that required substantial funding said YPP CEO Stuart Maclaren. Over the course of six months we went through a wide range of investment raising options, from crowdfunding through to overseas venture capitalists, so today I am truly delighted to have been able to secure this investment for the group.

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Your Print Partner is now seeing its largest ever volume of orders coming in, with more than 3000 orders shipping every week. Our aim is to continue to allow Your Print Partner to flourish, whilst using our print and production expertise to take on the growing UK personalised gifts market with Custom Gifts.”

We see a real opportunity to change this market, just as we have done for a number of years in the wide format fabric printing sector.

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It’s our 7th Birthday!

Today at Your Print Partner we are celebrating our seventh birthday!

It was Tuesday 18th October 2011 when Stuart Maclaren first founded Your Print Partner. Having noticed that the major players in the large-format print industry were outsourcing numerous jobs to suppliers overseas, he made it his mission to bring print and manufacture back to the UK.

The company began as a “trade-only” supplier, with Stuart acting as a broker to source UK-printed products for his clients. When demand took off, he took a risk and invested in a large-format digital printer and new premises so that the company could begin printing in-house.

Sales quickly increased and Stuart was soon able to invest in new staff, new machinery and new product development to grow his business.

Fast forward to today, and the company now operates with fourteen large-format print machines alongside a full suite of cutting and finishing technology, all housed at our new HQ in Lincoln.

“It’s been quite a journey” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “Our teamwork, creativity and dedication to quality has seen us progress from one of the newcomers in the market to one of the leaders.”

“To all the YPP team, past and present, and to all our wonderful clients, suppliers and friends I’d like to say thank you. We have some really exciting plans for the future, and can’t wait to share them with you!”.

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Cutting Edge Technology Arrives at YPP

Investing in the latest state-of-the-art print and finishing machinery has been key to YPP since the company was founded, and that dedication to investment continues as we can today announce the arrival of our new Kongsberg C series cutting table.

The Kongsberg C series is the first multifunction super-wide digital finisher for signage, display and packaging applications.

The versatility the Kongsberg C series brings enables our production team to finish a massive range of rigid materials including ACM, Foam PVC, Acrylic, Correx plus all our flexible, roll media too. The ability to add on more tooling options in the future further ensures that the machine will remain an integral part of our future expansion plans.

Take a look at what our new machine can do in the video below..

 

“We have been able to significantly increase our production output thanks to this new cutting table, which has already enabled us to win several new key contracts” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “For us however, quality is always key, and this machine has the raw strength required to process even the most rugged materials at high-production speeds without sacrificing finishing quality.”

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YPP’s Sponsored Knight Stars in Record Breaking Charity Auction

On an emotional and enjoyable night at Lincoln Cathedral, the YPP team watched on as our very own Robin Hood Knight was auctioned off at the Lincoln Knight’s Trail Charity Auction.

The Knights, specially decorated by an array of talented artists and positioned around the city of Lincoln all through the Summer, were sold at the event to raise money for The Nomad Trust and‚ an Art and Innovation fund for Lincoln.

By the end of the night, a whopping‚ ‚£180,000‚ had been raised for these two deserving causes!

Our Knight was created by Hampshire artist Deven Bhurke and was based on the legendary figure of Robin Hood. Following some seriously competitive bidding on Robin, the auctioneer finally‚ dropped his gavel on the winning bid of‚ £9,200 – the second highest bid of the night.

The highest selling sculpture was the Night of the Skies, a beautifully painted tribute to the WW2 bomber crews of Lincolnshire by artist Rosie Ablewhite, which sold for ‚£15,000.

Rachael Baxter, from The Nomad Trust said: …The Lincoln Knights Trail has been absolutely fantastic.

…We are honoured to be the nominated charity for the event and we want to say a huge thank you to the organisers, artists and sponsors who have made this event, and the whole Trail, so successful.‚

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan revealed that the Trail had drawn over 70,000 visitors to the city, who had walked 150,000 miles in order to see and photograph every Knight sculpture. If that had been done relay-style they would have gone around the world six times!

“It was a‚ privilege to be able to support the Knight’s Trail” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “The Nomad Trust is doing very important work in Lincoln, so to see so much raised for this cause is fantastic. The YPP team really got behind our Knight, and we’re pleased to see him go to a good home”.

Highlights

In July 2016 businesses in Lincolnshire were offered the opportunity to get involved with an intriguing new public art project; the Lincoln Knight’s Trail. The project would celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln‚ and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest.‚ Two-thirds of the money raised would go to The Nomad Trust, with the remaining third used to create a ring-fenced Art and Innovation Fund to help the city to deliver future public art and events aimed at attracting more visitors to Lincoln.

At Your Print Partner, we were excited to hear about the Trail and the causes it would support, so seized the chance to become a sponsor.

The Knight sculptures were based  on two key figures from the Battle of Lincoln, Nichola de la Haye (Custodian of Lincoln Castle) and William Marshal (Regent to the young King Henry III) – and were designed to decorated in any fashion.

Having selected our chosen artist, Deven Bhurke, we were able to unveil our Knight alongside the other designs at a media launch event in March.

He is, of course, everyone’s favourite heroic outlaw, who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor… Introducing Robin Hood, aka ‘Lincoln Green’!

Our knight took his place as the fifth knight in the trail at the centre of St Paul Lane in the Bailgate area of Lincoln. Before he went out on display though, he came to visit the team at YPP HQ, and was taken out to visit Rand Farm Park to join in with the children learning archery and visited the students and staff at The Holt Primary School.

On Saturday 20th May the Lincoln Knight’s Trail begun. Thirty-six uniquely decorated Knights took up position all across the city, and Trail visitors could soon be spotted taking to the streets of Lincoln with their official maps in hand. We were very proud to have been able to supply these printed maps, of which over 10,000 were handed over in just the opening weekend!

A busy programme of summer events soon created a real buzz around the city, with people coming from far and wide to join in with the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln.

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

Robin Hood, aka. Lincoln Green, became 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 was featured in several blogs about the trail which you can find on his Twitter profile @TheRobinKnight.

The Knight’s Trail was undoubtedly a success in both raising the profile of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and in rasing vital funds for two important local causes.

The YPP team would like to wish Robin all the best on his future adventures!

 

To find out more about The Nomad Trust and how you can donate or raise money for the charity, please visit nomadtrust.org.uk.

 

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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!”.

 

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YPP Nominated at the Digital Printer Awards 2017

At Your Print Partner we are delighted to be able to announce that we have been nominated at the Digital Printer Awards 2017.

YPP has been nominated in the Wide and Super Wide Format category, which recognises the very best work in producing POS, graphics, posters, flags, banners, packaging, building wraps, vehicle livery and industrial decoration.

This year we have taken on a huge range of different projects and worked with so many brilliant clients, so choosing just one project to enter into the awards was particularly difficult.

After much deliberation, we put forward our work for the 2017 Brighton Marathon Weekend.

The Brighton Marathon Weekend is an exciting three-day running event in one of Britain’s most cosmopolitan cities, and YPP was given task of providing the course branding and soft signage for the event.

Over several months, the team set to work designing, printing and finishing a huge range of items, including flags, banners, foamex boards and even pop-up booths made from our new Stretch fabric.

The sheer volume of print required in this project would provide a challenge, but thanks to recent investments in new machinery and our new manufacturing hub, we have hugely increased our production capacity and we are in a strong position to take on orders of all different sizes.

Another key challenge was ensuring that the Brighton brand and colour palette was consistent across all the different substrates. Six different substrates were used in total in delivering this project, so the YPP team spent time testing colour profiles and creating sample swatches to make sure they had an accurate match.

“We really enjoyed working with the Brighton Marathon team this year on what was a hugely successful event” said Managing Director Stuart Maclaren.

“To be nominated at the industry’s leading digital printing awards is a real honour, and is testament to our print quality and the dedication and skill of the team”.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Marriott London in Grosvenor Square on Thursday 9th November. Fingers crossed!

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The Print Show 2017

We are very happy to announce that we will be exhibiting at The Print Show from the 11th – 13th October, with what will be our largest ever exhibition stand!

The Print Show is one of the biggest printing expos in the UK, showcasing products such as print management systems, packaging technology, promotional and visual communication materials, mailing software, printing software and other technologies in the printing and publishing industry.

The three day event takes place at the International Centre near Birmingham. The venue is located in the heart of the Midlands and is easily accessible via car and public transport.

If you are a print retailer then this event is well worth a visit, as it will help to provide you with the business intelligence and insight into the latest technology advances that can improve your profitability.

Also, seeing so many product and service providers in one place will save you a lot of time and help you easily compare them. And lastly, the access to a huge array of educational content will ultimately help improve your company’s bottom line.

We will be positioned at Stand No. C06c to unveil our brand new selection of innovative Stretch fabric stands, as well as running a very exciting competition… So make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for all the very latest updates!

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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.

 

 

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Take a look behind the scenes in our new video

It’s been an eventful year so far at YPP HQ!

The company has achieved a great deal since it was established in 2011, and growth shows no signs of slowing.

Just last month YPP invested around £500,000 in four new Mimaki dye-sublimation printers, and in doing so became the UK’s biggest Mimaki house.

The large-format Mimaki JV5-320DS machines were installed at our HQ last week, joining two existing 320DS’s, which were installed in January as part of a £1.5m investment that also included a premises extension and two other Mimaki machines.

Work creating a new sewing departmemt was recently finished, with eight extra sewing machines added to the department and new staff joining the team.

With so much changing behind the scenes, we felt this was a great opportunity to invite a film crew to come and film the various different departments hard at work and give you a glimpse of life at Team YPP…

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Boost to British Manufacturing as YPP Becomes UK’s Biggest Mimaki House

Your Print Partner is on a mission to bring wide-format print and display manufacture back to the UK, having today announced the arrival of four new digital print machines at our HQ in Lincoln.

The new direct-to-textile machines are the latest big investment in production technology for the company, having spent £1.5 million already this year on its new manufacturing hub, and make YPP the UK’s biggest Mimaki house.

Back in January, the company purchased a new Mimaki UJV55 320 LED-UV pvc printer, new Mimaki 320 DS wide fabric machines and a Mimaki JFX200 flat bed printer, which have now been joined by the four additional Mimaki 320 DS
printers.

The new machines are in action already, providing print for our range of outdoor marketing products, such as flags, banners and pop-up displays, as well as our popular fabric exhibition stands.

“Our core business is expanding rapidly and we wanted to ensure we could meet this exciting challenge quickly” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren.

Brett Platt, textile product manager for Mimaki’s exclusive UK distributor Hybrid Services, confirmed that YPP now has the largest number of Mimaki printers in the display and signage sector in the UK.

“We are delighted with the recent additional investment in Mimaki grand format printers made by Your Print Partner and the company’s commitment to expanding manufacturing in the UK,” said Platt.

Today’s announcement was accompanied with the news that the company would be creating ten new jobs and was offering a number of new Digital Print Apprenticeships.

“As well as keeping pace with global technology, another key challenge in our industry has been recruiting workers with the necessary skills. We are now working with a number of industry bodies and our local college to offer some exciting Apprenticeships and train the future stars of YPP”.

Already this year eight new jobs were created in the company’s growing sewing department, with all flags and fabric display products finished by hand by the skilled team of machinists.

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Future Stars of Print Wanted at YPP

The UK’s fastest growing large format print company is seeking two enthusiastic and highly motivated Apprentice Digital Printers to join its busy production team.

YPP offers its clients the complete end-to-end design and printing service for all their printed materials – from concept creation and graphic design through to printing, finishing and delivery.

The company’s extensive product range includes everything from business cards and stationery to flags, banners and exhibition displays.

The chosen apprentices will be responsible for contributing to the efficient running of our print department, working alongside experienced staff and helping put design work into print. As well as operating some of our state-of-the-art print machines, other responsibilities will include loading material, machinery maintenance and assisting in quality control systems.

The apprenticeships are being processed by British Printing Industries Federation, with more information and a link to apply available to view online here: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-158375

“Success in business means providing quality work and great customer service at a good price” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “It means keeping up with technology and staying ahead of the competition. To do that, you need skilled staff who are full of ideas, know the job and understand business priorities. We are looking for apprentices that are full of enthusiasm and interested in the print industry, and in return we can offer them practical training and the skills and knowledge they will require for a long and fulfilling career”.