Work Experience: Ollie

Ollie joined Firpress this week from Keswick School for his Work Experience. 

During his week Ollie worked in the Design Studio alongside our Graphic Design team, who set him several briefs to work on. One brief Ollie worked on was to create some pump clip designs for some imaginative new beers for The Tractor Shed (Ollie’s family business).

The final designs he created were amazing, we have shared some images of them below.

Ollie also worked closely with Rob our production manager on the RYOBI press, setting up jobs for print, checking them and also running the machine to print the final print run. Our finishing team showed Ollie all the different machinery we use to produce our finished jobs, such as the guillotine, folder and stitcher. Ollie even jumped in to the delivery van to go on a local delivery run with Claire. 

Ollie has a real eye for design and we were really impressed with everything he produced during his time here. We asked him a few questions about his work experience week, have a read of his answers below:

What did you think working in a design/print studio would be like before you started your work experience?
I really had no idea what it would be like at Firpress.

Which part of working at Firpress have you enjoyed the most & why? 
The design studio because it is a very chill environment and I like that I got to be independent. I also liked going on the press as much as the design studio, as I learned a lot and it gave a sense of achievement.

Which jobs have you enjoyed working on the most? (Tell us a little bit about them below)
I enjoyed the Tractor Shed design as it was good to design something that is for the family business and  I am familiar with the client and the designs currently used.

What have you learned whilst you have been here at Firpress?
One of the things that I learnt was that when printing you have to  make sure that all the colours line up

Have you enjoyed your time here at Firpress?
Yes it was very interesting and the time went by very quickly. 

Do you think you would pursue a career in Graphic Design in the future?
Graphics is definitely an option but I am still uncertain whether I will pursue it.

We would like to thank Ollie for choosing Firpress for his Work Experience Placement, he did a fantastic job and we wish him all the best for his future career!

WE ARE HIRING! Graphic Designer (Full Time)

Due to the continuing expansion of our Graphic Design department, we are looking for an experienced & talented designer to join our ‘Firpress’ Team!

Firpress are the only quality assured printer in West Cumbria, providing quality print & design services for over 30 years.

Our ideal candidate will have a passion and a creative flair for design, be able to use their own initiative and work effectively alongside our existing team.

Your projects will include:
corporate branding, posters, brochures, business stationery, menus, leaflets, banners, exhibition displays, multi page documents, signage,
web & social media marketing updates & more!

Required Skills:

• BA Hons in Graphic Design desired (minimum qualification HND in Graphic Design)

• Working experience of the Adobe CC including Indesign, Photoshop & Illustrator.

• A passion for design.

• Excellent attention to detail.

• Excellent communication skills as you will be dealing directly with customers.

• Good organisation skills, with the ability to prioritise and workto tight deadlines.

37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Salary dependent on qualifications & experience

Please email your CV & recent work examples to: 

Closing date for applications:
Friday 21st June 2019 with a view to an immediate start


Firpress is growing! Are you an upcoming graduate looking for your first job in the design industry? Perfect!

Do you have a passion for Graphic Design and a drive to thrive within an established printers? We are looking for full-time Junior Graphic Designer.


Full-time | 37.5 hrs | Mon-Fri 


Firpress opened their doors in 1985 and have been providing a quality printing service to businesses throughout Cumbria for over 30 years. We are one of the only printers in West Cumbria that can offer a truly comprehensive ‘one-stop’ service. We provide a very tailored service which incorporates in-house graphic design as well as printing. 

Our printed products cover a wide range of business needs from letterheads to marketing leaflets, business cards to booklets all printed to a high standard at affordable prices, from concept to completion, all under one roof! 


Our ideal candidate will have a passion and a creative flair for design, be able to use their own initiative and work effectively alongside our existing team. Communication is a big part of the job, so you must feel confident enough to contribute to the entire creative process – from initial briefs, to creating artwork, preparing for print and finishing – cradle to grave! 

This is a highly diverse role – every day will be different! You will be working across various projects; logo design, invitations, posters, brochures, business stationery, menus, leaflets, banners, exhibition displays, wedding stationery, labels, large format and much more… 


• BA Hons in Graphic Design desired (minimum qualification HND in Graphic Design)* 

• Working experience of the Adobe Suite including InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator. 

• A passion for design. 

• Good attention to detail. 

• Excellent communication skills as you will be dealing directly with customers. 

• Good organisation skills, with the ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines. 

• Ability to think outside of the box! 

* Not finished your course yet? Don’t worry – we will happily see you through your qualification on a day release helping you build your skills and portfolio along the way. 

Want to know more about the role? Contact Steph on 01900 68141 or 

 To apply please email your CV & recent work examples to:
 Closing date for applications: Monday 17th June 2019 with view to an immediate start 

2019 Charity Calendar: Photography Competition


We are looking for a selection of stunning photographs to feature within our 2019 Charity Calendar. This year, our theme is ‘West Cumbria’. We are looking for 13 eye-catching images highlighting the beauty of West Cumbria.

All profits from the sales of the calendar will be split between 2 local charities, Hospice at Home West Cumbria & West Cumbria Carers. Our calendars are used by businesses & individuals throughout Cumbria, so it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your skills & gain an extra bit of recognition.

To enter, please email your photograph(s) to


Winning photographers will have their image featured in our 2019 Charity Calendar. They will also receive 5 printed copies of the calendar plus a mounted A3 or A2 photographic print of their winning entry. 

Terms & Conditions

  1. Closing date for entries –  Tuesday 31st July 2018.
  2. Entries must be landscape in format and submitted at high resolution (ideally 300dpi).
  3. Please include your full name, contact details and also the location where the photograph was taken.
  4. Please note that all photos submitted must be your own work. It is the photographers responsibility to ensure that the images were taken with the permission of the subject and that they do not infringe on any copyright laws.
  5. There will be 13 winners (the cover photo and one for each month of the calendar). Each will receive 5 printed copies of the calendar plus a photographic print of their winning photo, printed at A3 or A2 size & mounted onto foamcore.
  6. The decision of our judges is final.

Wedding Invitations: AJill & Stuart

A modern & stylish invitation set for Jill & Stuart. Elegant typography combined with gold tones, printed onto card stock with a subtle shimmer. Perfect! 

Photo courtesy of Georgina Harrison Photography

Vinyl Banner: Northern Rail

Striking vinyl banner design for Northern Rail to promote new rail services. Perfect for any location, our banners are strong & weather resistant. High quality full colour printing ensures your banner will stand out from the crowd

Hen Party: Kiss the Miss Board

Got an upcoming hen party? Why not surprise the Bride to Be with a Kiss the Miss board! The perfect addition to any hen party. All the hens kiss the board & leave a little note for the Bride to Be. It can then be popped into a frame as a keepsake.


Our Kiss the Miss boards are A3 in size, printed & mounted onto lightweight foamcore with a strut card behind, allowing the board to be freestanding. Prices start from £20 + VAT or you can upgrade to a foiled board from £25 + VAT.

This gorgeous example was for Christie’s Hen Party, using Rose Gold Foil.

Photo courtesy of Beth Faulder Photography

Help for Heroes Event at Workington Golf Club

Firpress were proud to sponsor a team at the Help for Heroes Golf Event at Workington Golf Club at the weekend.

We provided custom polo shirts for the big event and they even took along one of our PVC banners for a day out at the Golf course! The team came fourth, congratulations guys – nice work! 

Vintage Style Correx Boards

Correx boards to advertise & promote a local business venture selling genuine vintage magazine advertisements.

Ideal for all weathers, correx is fluted, lightweight & easy to transport. Correx can also be drilled, so you can add cable ties to fix your board to railings/lamposts. Perfect for advertising any event.

Call us on 01900 68141 for prices.

Modern Menu Board for Keswick Park

It was a pleasure to work with Keswick Park Hotel on the design for their new menu board. Daniel asked for a clean & contemporary layout, he wanted the menu board to be easy to read but also clean & stylish. The finished menu design was printed here at Firpress and Daniel framed it up outside of the hotel. The end result looks fantastic.

We can design & print menus of any size, or we can print from your PDF supplied. Get in touch with us on 01900 68141 for more information