Exhibition & Events: Signage & Promotional Items

We love exhibitions & events here at Firpress! We recently worked with Armstrong Watson on their promotional items & products for their stand at The Cumberland Show.

Items included a customised kids goodie pack holder made from correx for the centre of the tables. Each of these contained personalised Armstrong Watson mini colouring books, which were printed digitally on our digital press! Promotional signage for the event, mini product tags for the toy tractors they were handing out and also a really unique large cow jigsaw! Produced from gloss vinyl prints mounted onto foam ex, these jigsaws went down a storm at the event! A real crowd pleaser!

If you have an upcoming exhibition or exhibition, we would love to hear from you! 

Edge of Empire: Roman Themed Historical Story Boards

Firpress were delighted to be involved in the Edge of Empire project. In association with Community Rail Cumbria and Cumbria County Council, we were tasked with designing a series of 9 Historical story boards based around the Roman heritage of Cumbria. We worked closely with Warren Birch of Community Rail Cumbria to develop the design & theme for the storyboards, our talented Graphic Designer Christie was tasked with developing the design and creating an eye-catching and informative series of storyboards which would be accessible to all ages.

Each board was individually designed around the individual board topic, Christie used a combination of imagery and key facts to create easier to read sections. This was a really fun & interesting project to work on and we were delighted with the outcome.

The final story boards were printed onto aluminium dibond, mounted onto 15mm foamex with brackets to attach them to the wooden posts.

If you have a project you would like to work on with us please get in touch, we would love to discuss it with you.

Official press release courtesy of Cumbria County Council below:

Regeneration projects transform Maryport railway station

A three-year programme of regeneration works which have transformed Maryport railway station has been celebrated by Community Rail Cumbria in partnership with Cumbria County Council.

Following the investment of £1.2million to create a spacious car park at the front of the station, Maryport Transport Hub provides wide-ranging benefits such as free car-parking, safe access and improved signage. The hub aims to encourage people to travel by train along the Cumbrian Coast.

In addition to this significant development, Northern Rail committed to major platform refurbishment works, including removal of vegetation, excavation and laying of foundations for new shelter, platform resurfacing, improved drainage, shelter lighting and customer information screens.

Now a unique community initiative called ‘The Edge of Empire’, which complements the station improvements, has been unveiled by the Cumbrian Coast Community Rail Partnership (CRP).

Recognising that Maryport began life as a prominent outpost on Rome’s Northern frontier, the ‘Edge of Empire’ project integrates an authentic Roman theme on the station. The area’s rich Roman heritage is now retold in compelling storyboards installed on the station platform which illustrate and celebrate the importance of the town’s Roman history in a modern rail-based setting.

Thanks to funding and support from the national Association for Community Rail Partnerships and the Department for Transport, the ‘Edge of Empire’ project has transformed the railway station from a neglected and overgrown wilderness into an ‘outdoor classroom’ which encourages visitors and local schoolchildren to explore further the hidden histories surrounding Rome’s occupation in Cumbria.

The CRP has welcomed local volunteer group, The Maryporters, who have adopted the station and will play an important part in developing the Roman theme even further. The group will tend the station and work with the CRP to develop future plans to enhance the facilities.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Transport, cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of the ‘Edge of Empire’ project on the station platform on Monday, watched by pupils from Flimby Primary School.

Cllr Little said: “These projects have completely transformed Maryport station, making it much easier and more attractive for our businesses, residents and visitors to travel by train, as well as boosting the local economy. Maryport station is now a welcoming, modern transport gateway which the local community can be proud of.”

CRP Chairman, Laurence Hilland said: “The regeneration of Maryport railway station into a vibrant, well-used transport hub is a very welcome development on the Cumbrian Coast railway. The ‘Edge of Empire’ project has transformed the railway station and perfectly illustrates the value of robust partnership working and strong links with the local authority. Collaborating with Cumbria County Council has culminated in significant benefits for the Maryport community. We’re already getting a fantastic reaction to the Roman theme which shows railway stations can be so much more than just places to wait for a train.”

A spokesperson for Northern Rail said: “Maryport railway station is now firmly on the map!  Northern is keen to encourage modal shift amongst local employers such as Sellafield and generally improve the quality of the facilities at stations.  We are proud to have been able to support this uniquely innovative scheme which will encourage more people to use the railway and has brought such positive benefits to the community of Maryport.”

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Transport, cutting a ribbon to mark the opening of the ‘Edge of Empire’ project at Maryport station.



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 steph@firpress.co.uk 

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

Cut Vinyl Signage

Cut vinyl signage being prepared in our design studio this morning! Yellow corex shown here with black cut vinyl lettering.

A cost effective signage solution, perfect for exhibitions & events. Cut vinyl can be applied to a wide variety of materials. The vinyl is also available in a range of colours.

If you’d like a price for this service, give us a call on 01900 68141.

Vinyl Banner: St James C of E Infant School

A sneak peek of a vinyl banner in production this morning for St James C of E Infant School in our digital production suite. Cut to size & ready to eyelet.

A fresh look for the logo too, Dave worked his magic on this to give it an updated & modern feel.

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.

Eye-catching Vinyl Banners

Our design team have been hard at work today printing & finishing a range of Vinyl banners. Vinyl banners are an ideal outdoor solution for advertising events, festivals, sales & more. These banners for Cumbria Primary Teacher Training are bright and eyecatching, perfect for grabbing your attention as you pass by. 

For more information on our range of Vinyl banners contact us on 01900 68141 or email sales@firpress.co.uk