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

Woodland Trust

Woodland Carbon is a scheme created by the Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, to plant more trees in the UK. 🌳

Between October & December 2018 Firpress helped create 322.50m² of new native woodland in the UK to remove 12,900kg of Carbon Dioxide.

Join Our Team: Print Finisher (Full Time)

Firpress is looking for a hard-working individual to join our busy print finishing department.


• Operation of print finishing machinery including: guillotine, booklet making, machine folding, industrial lamination and other pieces of automated machinery

• Sign making on a variety of medium including: vinyl, dibond, correx & foamex

• Finishing of pvc banners and pop up display systems

• Hand work to finish and package our printed products

• Preparation of pallets or boxes for courier despatch

• Monitor stock levels


• Be methodical and well-organised

• Have excellent mechanical and problem-solving skills

• Work to a high degree of accuracy, even when working to a deadline

• Pay close attention to detail

• Have good communication skills

• Be able to follow instructions closely to achieve the right result

• Have a calm manner and work well under pressure

• Be a good team player

• Experience preferred, not essential as full training will be given

• Full Driving Licence required


Please download an application pack by clicking HERE.
Application forms should be returned by Sunday 30th September 2018.

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

Job Vacancy: Litho Printer

We are looking for a talented printer to become an integral part of our ‘Firpress Team’

Firpress Printers are the only quality assured printer in West Cumbria and have been providing quality print and design services for over 30 years.

Our ideal candidate will have a passion and drive for litho print, be able to use their own initiative and work effectively alongside our existing team. Your role will be to make ready and litho print using our B2 Four Colour Ryobi 784 and Two Colour Ryobi 522 presses.


•   Litho print experience

•   A passion for print

•   Excellent attention to detail

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

•   Excellent communication skills and ability to work as part of a team

Full time position: 37 ½ hours a week. Salary dependent on qualifications and experience.

Please email your CV, current notice period and evidence of experience to:

Closing date for applications: Friday 5th January 2018 with a view to an immediate start. 



Vinyl Stickers

It’s Friday!! We are just finishing our latest order of Vinyl Stickers, printed and cut here at Firpress. Our fantastic range of in-house services means we can offer you the fastest service for all your printing needs. It’s quite interesting to watch how these stickers are printed and cut, the machine first prints the whole batch and then runs back over each individual sticker to cut through the top layer. The result? Perfectly printed and cut stickers! Magic!


If you are looking to print some stickers, why not get in touch with us via our contact page or call us on 01900 68141. Alternatively, send us a quick message on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll be happy to help!

Infinity Festival

Our team has worked hard to prepare and install a selection of window graphics, mesh & tension banners for the Infinity Festival hosted by West Lakes Academy on Thursday 28th September 2017. 

The first event of its kind for Cumbria, The Infinity Festival features a stellar line up of international superstars in the world of science, technology and engineering including experts in robots, insects, crime mapping, aircraft design, nuclear reactors, and a host of other exciting fields.

Firpress also printed and produced the Event Programmes and also the ID cards for each visitor attending the festival.

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Tension banners, ready for the event. A contemporary and modern pop up display solution, which allows you to change the displayed banner whenever you like. Cost effective and they look great!

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Window graphics for the entrance doors.

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Heras fencing mesh banners.

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5m x 1m vinyl banner, complete with eyelets.

The set up looked fantastic, we hope the festival is a success and everyone has a great day. #infinityfestival

Baby Shower Goodies

Our design studio have been busy working on some personalised items for a recent baby shower. Megan asked us to produce a selection of printed items, including personalised baby prediction cards so all the guests could play along and guess a few details about the baby before he or she arrived, stickers for popcorn cones (aptly printed with ‘Ready to Pop!’) and also some square tags, which we punched, ready to be tied onto organza bags containing gifts for the lucky guests!

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As the gender of the baby was to be a surprise, Christie used neutral shades of green & lemon to compliment the designs. 

If you have an event coming up, whether it’s a birthday party, christening, wedding or baby shower-  get in touch to see how we can help, give us a call on 01900 68141 or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Welcome Aboard Dave Marsden!

A warm Firpress welcome to our newest recruit Dave Marsden! Dave will be joining Dan, Steph & Christie in the design studio. Feel free to call in and have a chat to him about any upcoming design projects you may have. We asked Dave a few questions about how he’s settling in here at Firpress:

How do you feel about joining the Firpress Team?
Really enjoying it! I have been working as a sole designer for the last three years and its great being back as part of a team. Learning about nice fonts, shortcuts, bouncing ideas back and forth with like minded people! Everyone here is super friendly and even Finn (the resident guard dog) likes me, so I can’t complain.

What are your favourite design projects to work on?
Anything creative! I’ve been pretty specialised for the last three years so it’s nice to be able to work on a variety of jobs and get out of my comfort zone!
C’mon Dave, tell us your favourite font!!
Haha, I think I’m probably one of the few designers that doesn’t have one! Every font serves a purpose or fits a style! There are so many good fonts out there now I don’t think i could chose just one.
Most importantly….do you like cake?! (This is the key to surviving life in the studio…)
Who doesn’t like cake! It’s like my kryptonite, so far I’ve managed to avoid binging on it. However there are cakes and biscuits everywhere…so i don’t have high hopes, especially with everyone trying to lead me astray. Mmmmm cake.