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Take a selfie in style at Race For Life

At Your Print Partner, we’re always looking to go the extra mile for our clients, and that sometimes leads to a few unusual requests for our production team!

This year we are delighted to once more be working as an Official Supplier to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life series.

We are producing a wide range of large-format printed items for all the various different Race for Life events taking place up and down the country, including flags and banners. This year however, we have also designed and produced ‘Selfie Frames’ for the first time for the charity!

It’s a sign of the times now that even sports events need to be equipped for selfies. In recent research published by Techinfographics.com, it was revealed that approximately 1 million selfies are taken each day, making up 30% of all the photos taken by 18-24 year olds. The most retweeted post of all time is that famous Oscar’s selfie posted by Ellen DeGeneres in March last year.

So this year at Race for Life you will be able to add a touch of class to those selfies with these bespoke printed ‘Selfie Frames’.

To find out more and to discuss print options for your event, please contact the team at sales@yourprintpartner.co.uk.

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Outdoor print you can count on

We are really proud to be able to say to our clients that we print and manufacture many of our products in-house.

Our print, production and sewing teams are a talented bunch, and it is because of them that we have complete confidence in our products that once they leave our doors, they will stand strong outside in whatever the British weather throws at them!

Our custom flags are a great example of how our print can withstand the elements. This flag, pictured below from yesterday afternoon, is currently flying high above our offices in Lincoln. It was raised up onto our flag pole approximately 6 months ago, and is still looking as bright and colourful today as it was then.

This flag was finished with special ‘anti-fray’ material along the outside edge to help make it even more weather resistant.

Our feather flags have also attracted praise for their durability throughout the winter months, as this comment on Twitter below shows.

Of course we always recommend that you take down your feather flags during high winds, but we were glad to hear that the strong aluminium frames and elasticated fabric sleeves that characterise our flags were so dependable for our client during the winter.

Don’t forget you can always contact a member of our team on 01522 87 87 87 if you would like some advice on how you can look after your flags.

 

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#NEVEROUTATIME at Trade Only 2015

We’ve punched in JAN 21 2015, have plenty of extra plutonium and are fast approaching 88mph… It’s ‘time’ to unveil our theme for Trade Only 2015!

At Your Print Partner, we print and deliver so fast, you’d have to be Marty Mcfly to beat our turnaround times. This is why our stand this year is “Back to the Future” themed! We have a full-size working Delorean time machine replica on the stand, and will be using the hashtag #NEVEROUTATIME to capture our Trade Only experience on Twitter.

Click here to find out more about Trade Only.

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YPP At Trade Only 2015

Your Print Partner will be exhibiting at the Trade Only National Show for the second year running! This year, we have a “top secret” theme to be unveiled tomorrow evening before the show. Unless that is, you’ve already guessed what it is…

If you are one of our trade clients, the show is an excellent opportunity to meet with the YPP team and talk through your individual requirements. We are also premiering one or two new products and showcasing the release of our new 2015 Trade Brochure!

Trade Only 2015 is at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, on the 21st and 22nd January. For more information about the show and how to get there, click here.

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New Appointment

We are delighted to be able to welcome a new member of the team this week to Your Print Partner; Business Development Executive Ian luff.

Friendly, professional and with a great business pedigree, Ian joins us at an exciting time for the company. Having just celebrated our third birthday, YPP is on course to record its highest annual sales figures, and plans are in place for a number of new projects that will take the company into new markets in 2015.

Ian’s role will see him looking to develop sales and generate new business leads, with a particular focus on the automotive industry.

“We’re delighted to have Ian on board” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “He brings new skills and experience to our team, and our clients are going to really enjoy working with him”.

Plans are in place for further recruitment during the winter, with the company also launching a new Apprenticheship programme in the new year, in association with Lincoln College.

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Celebrating Christmas Jumper Day

Today is ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ all across the UK, and to celebrate we have made the biggest jumper in town!

At 12ft wide, this super-sized sweater would even be a little ‘roomy’ for Santa Claus himself.

The company recently invested in new ‘superwide’ direct-to-textile print technology, which will digitally print 3.2m wide rolls of fabric, and we were able to utilise this to produce an enormous Christmas jumper – all as one piece.

Christmas Jumper Day is an annual event in aid of Save the Children. Now in its third year, the charity is asking even more people across the UK to join the woolly revolution to help ‘make the world better with a sweater’. The event has raised £1.6 million to date, and organisers are expecting this year’s to be the biggest yet – with almost 4 million officially Brits signed up to take part in the festive fun.

All of the staff at YPP have made a donation to Save the Children to pop on a pullover today, with an award set to go to the very best novelty knitwear.

“We’re hoping that our giant jumper will help raise awareness of Christmas Jumper Day, which is raising money to go towards helping the most vulnerable children in the world” said YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren.

“All the team here are looking very festive today, and hopefully our donations along with those from the thousands of schools and organisations up and down the country also taking part can really help make a difference.”

If you want to join in, Save the Children is suggesting that adults make a donation of £2 and school children £1, and the UK government will double your money – matching every pound you give up to £5 million. To donate via text message, please text JUMPER to 70050 to donate £2 straight to Save the Children.

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Printed Foamex Helping Drive Up Sales of New Mercedes

This month Your Print Partner was commissioned by Showcase Interiors to produce some eye-catching interior prints for the Mercedes AMG Head Office in Milton Keynes.

Stunning images of the latest models in the Mercedes range were printed using UV inks onto 5mm thick Foamex – one of our most popular materials for exhibition displays and signage.

The Foamex boards transformed the office space, adding some bold colours and a high quality corporate feel to the modern and minimal style rooms.

This project was also another example of the YPP team really going the extra mile for our client, with the boards being printed overnight and delivered direct to the site so that they were installed in time.

To find out more about printed foamex and to make an enquiry through our site.

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Exhibiting at the BGU Employer on Campus Event

Your Print Partner was today exhibiting at the BG Futures ‘Employers on Campus’ event at Bishop Grosseteste University.

The event was an opportunity for Year 9 students of local Lincolnshire schools to come and speak to employers about jobs in their industries and any future work or volunteering opportunities that are available in their organisations.

They were representatives from over 30 other organisations exhibiting alongside YPP, including The NHS, Lincolnshire Police, The National Trust and Lincoln City FC.

“We were very happy to be invited to the Employers on Campus event, representing the print industry” said Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “I hope my team were able to help the youngsters visiting today with some of their questions about print and design, and perhaps a few of them could be creating the next generation of printed promotional products.”

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Super-sizing our Product Range

At Your Print Partner we are delighted to be able to announce that work has been completed this week in installing new ‘superwide’ print machinery.

Increasing demand and a widening product range has fuelled growth, and this has prompted the company to invest in a new Mimaki 320 print machine, which is capable of printing on 3.2m wide rolls of fabric.

The new machine will bring annual print capacity up to 250,000m2.

Originally operating as a print management company, Your Print Partner has been digitally printing banners, flags and outdoor branding products since 2012 when we invested in our very first direct-to-textile printer. Fast forward to today, and the company is now operating with nine state-of-the-art print machines, including PVC printers and CAD cutters, and the product range has grown to over 200 different products, with many of those items printed in-house.

“This is a really exciting development for Your Print Printer” said Managing Director Stuart Maclaren. “One of our most popular products are our feather flags, which you might typically see at sporting events or car forecourts. With this new printer, now the largest in our building, we have the potential to print an additional 1,269 flags a week. This opens the door for us to new markets and competing for much larger tenders.”

Stuart Maclaren alongside the new fabric printer

As well as improving our efficiency, decreasing set up times and reducing fabric wastage, this new printer opens up the potential for new product development.

The team at Your Print Partner has been developing a new range of display products, due for release in the New Year. The products will all be produced using the new printer, utilising the ‘superwide’ print surface to produce seamless large-scale graphics for exhibitions and trade shows.

Images, specifications and prices for the new product range will be revealed on this website soon.

The company has also announced that as part of its growth strategy, five new jobs will be created during the winter period. The new recruits will be joining the Pre-Print, Sales and Customer Service Departments.

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Lincolnshire Sports Awards

The 2014 Lincolnshire Sports Awards took place on Thursday 6th November, and at Your Print Partner we were incredibly proud to be an Awards sponsor.

The night was a celebration of the achievements of Lincolnshire’s sporting stars, from the professional athletes who represent the region to the coaches and volunteers who dedicate their time to encouraging sports participation at every level.

Over 350 guests attended the event to see 17 different awards presented to some very inspirational people.

Your Print Partner sponsored the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award, which was won by Para Equestrian Rider Roberta Sheffield.

After many years of coming to terms with the progressively debilitating disease of Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Roberta recently became the British Dressage Para National Champion at Grade 3 on her horse Double Agent, and has been selected as a member of the four strong Canadian Team for the World Equestrian Games.

After presenting the award to Roberta, YPP Managing Director Stuart Maclaren said “We felt this category was almost too close to call – three wonderful sportspeople who have each enjoyed a really successful year.

“What Roberta has achieved is incredible. She is clearly determined to follow her dream and participate in the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016, and we wish her the very best of luck.”

Also nominated was Paratriathlete and Wheelchair Racing star Mark Conway and Kieran Tscherniawsky, who is currently second in the world for his category in discus.

Whilst on stage, Stuart was asked by awards host Ed Chamberlin about the company’s contribution as a sponsor of Lincolnshire Sport’s Elite Athlete Programme.

“We were delighted to be able to contribute towards the funding for LEAP. Without this programme, many of the region’s brightest young athletes would struggle to find the finance and support they need to continue doing the sport they love.”

One of the beneficiaries of the LEAP programme has been Jade Etherington – winner of three silvers in the women’s downhill skiing, combined and slalom, and a bronze medal in the Super-G at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympic Games, along with her guide Caroline Powell.

Jade, who recently came to visit the team here at Your Print Partner, won the Sportswoman of the Year Award and overall Sports Personality of the Year Award. Earlier this week Jade announced that she was retiring from her skis to concentrate on her teaching career, and we would like to send her our best wishes for the future.

 

The full list of Award winners and runners up can be found on the Lincolnshire Sport website here.

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Stuart Maclaren Wins Lincolnshire Business Award

Your Print Partner Managing Director Stuart Maclaren scooped the award for Young Business Person of the Year last night at the 2014 Lincolnshire Media Business Awards.

All of the YPP team were present at the EPIC Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground to see Stuart receive the award in recognition of the work he has done in leading the company to incredible growth and expansion.

 

The award was presented to Stuart by Elly Sample, on behalf of category sponsors The University of Lincoln.

Your Print Partner was founded by Stuart three years ago. From just 3 employees and one print machine in 2012, Your Print Partner now has 14 members of staff (rising to 20 in the peak summer season) with nine state-of-the-art digital printers running around the clock.

 

YPP was also a shortlisted finalist in the Start-up Business of the Year category, alongside Your Business in Mind Ltd and winners Lincoln Commercial Bodies Ltd.

“This is a very proud moment” said Stuart, shortly after visiting the stage. “We have a very talented team here, and this award recognises the hard work we have all put in to keep growing, keep improving and keep making our clients happy”.