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New dawn for Fermoy Print & Design

The staff at Fermoy Print & Design
The staff at Fermoy Print & Design pictured at the relaunch of the company on Thursday July 7, 2011

The past six months have been exciting for us here at Fermoy Print & Design! We’ve expanded our staff, we’ve added to our product range and services as well as developing a new website, new social media and new marketing. So, to celebrate all the positive news we’ve had and to embrace the future, we ordered a cake!

We gathered some of our customers along with our colleagues at the North Cork Referral Group (NRG Networking www.nrgnetworking.ie) at the Fermoy Community Youth Centre last Thursday morning, July 7. It was an opportunity for us to time show others how things have changed for us since we started business in 2005 and how bright is the future. Liam, the manager/owner of Fermoy Print, told of how he purchased the business in 2005. At the time it was known as Blackwater Press and we primarily printed duplicate and triplicate docket books on an old Litho printer. Dave Heffernan was an employee with Blackwater Press and made the transition with Liam into Fermoy Print & Design. Thankfully, six years later, Dave is still here with us.

In these short six years we have changed premises, grown our business to include high tech full colour digital printing and book binding as well as expanding our areas of business to include personal and educational stationery.

Since October 2008 we have been involved with the NRG Networking Group. The group meet every Thursday morning from 7.30 to 8.30am so we had our relaunch following their meeting at the Fermoy Community Youth centre.

Below in the gallery are a selection of our photos from the morning. Press SL for the slide show and FL for full screen.

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The new Fermoy Print & Design logo as created by Rebecca Roche, one of our in-house graphic designers

Brining Your Life to Print

 

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Inspire Us. Inspire Everyone.

We are looking for inspiration from the hardworking business people of Ireland. We are currently putting together a little booklet of Irish Inspiration made up of inspirational quotes, anecdotes and sayings from Irish business people for Irish business people.

What we need are quotes or sayings that inspire you and get you through the working week. Words and phrases that you as a busy and creative person use as a source of encouragement. Something original. Something unique. Something that means something to you.

What we don’t want are well-known quotes by famous authors, politicans and entrepreneurs. Living Irish authors, politicians and entrepreneurs are more than welcome to send us in something, of course.

We will then publish a collection of approximately 100 quotes crediting you and your business. You know you fit the bill if you consider yourself a down to earth, hardworking Irish business person! You can be self employed or an employee. A business is not necessarily something that is defined by an office job or how many days a week you work. Maybe you’re a gardener, a lorry driver, a explorer, a charity worker or even a pathologist.

Quotes must be a maximum of 200 words and everyone featured in our booklet will receive a number of copies to give to friends and family. This booklet will then be sent to all of our customers, we will be giving them out  free of charge at all our events, in all of our business packs and everyone wants one!

In the boxes below just enter your name, email (so we can respond to you), business name and location and then finally, your quote. We will be in touch with everyone who submitted a quote and publish a little booklet of inspiration in the coming weeks.

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Your Business Name and Address

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Do Christmas cards benefit businesses?

Do Christmas business cards give businesses a return in the New Year? Do customers really recognise the gesture? The simple answer is Yes!

It may seem that like a simple gesture that wouldn’t make a difference, BUT, there are many benefits associated with sending out Christmas cards. Since the change in our economic growth, customers are all about value for money and being appreciated. We want to know that the custom we give businesses is appreciated and remembered. As business owners, we know it is.

What are the benefits of sending out business christmas cards?

Customers like to be remembered by the companies from which they do the most business. It lets them know that you appreciate them and this will encourage them to continue doing business with you in the future. Sales is all about building relationships and giving our customers a “shopping experience”.  Sending the Christmas card is an effective way to bond with your regular customers and build a strong client/business relationship. It’s this type of customer loyalty that helps companies grow and meet their long-term goals.

Business Christmas cards are also a great way to keep you and your products or services fresh in the minds of clients while expressing your genuine thanks for their business. They make an excellent return on your investment because there are limitless options and a wide price range to choose from.

How can I measure return from sending business christmas cards?

If you are sending this cards to regular customers then you will be able to check when they next come back to you. If you are sending them to customers that already do some business with you but you want them to do more, give them a reason to come back. Insert a ‘token gift’ such as a 10% off voucher, a refer a friend gift option, a loyalty card or an invitation to meet for a New Year coffee! You now have something tangible to watch for.

Choosing the Right Cards

When making your selection for business Christmas cards, choose something that truly reflects the image you want to portray and the values of your company. Business Christmas cards are a form of direct marketing and one of the core principals of effective direct marketing is PERSONALISATION.

Make your card as personal and recognisable to the customer as possible. As well as an attractive Christmas image, insert your company logo and a message from the owner. It’s important to personalize the message to make a bigger impact on the targeted audience. The whole purpose of sending out the cards is to show your personal side and how much your customers mean to you. Take advantage of the message to get this point across.

Always choose good quality cards because this is a reflection of your business and you don’t want to send out the wrong message. Look for a traditional image that’s tasteful and accepted by all types of customers. Staying with a generic greeting is also recommended. Add a personal message and sign your name to the card.

When they receive the card they automatically think of you and the business you have conducted together throughout the year. You want this image to be a positive one that builds their confidence and trust in your company. This is what creates good customer relations and return customers.

It takes a few minutes to send out a Christmas card and will certainly be worth the benefits.

Call Máiréad to know how much they cost for your business or email us now

How to create a fitting memorial

Memorial Stationery
Photo by Paul James Photography

Memorial cards and writing memorial messages can be a very difficult time for a family as it is the final step after the funeral of a loved one.

It is important, however, that the memorial stationery hits the right tone and messages of remembrance, memorial card wording and memorial card sayings are fitting to the deceased. You can create your memorial card in three easy steps with Fermoy Print and Design

Step 1: Choose the correct memorial stationery format
Choose from:

  • Bookmark
  • Memorial Card
  • Memorial Wallet Card
  • Memorial Booklet
  • Prayer Card
  • Religious Memorial Card
  • Talk to us about other memorial stationery you would like to create

Step 2: Memorial Card Wording

Ensure the wording of your memorial card is fitting. We have a complete list of memorial messages, messages of rememberance and memorial card sayings from you to choose from. Alternatively you could include a poem or message that your loved one would have liked.

Step 3: What images to use

Religious memorial cards and Christain memorial cards remain very popular in Ireland and we have many images of popular saints and Christian images for memorial cards.

However if you perfer non-christian memorial cards, we have a selection of beautiful cards you can select from.

Photographs of deceased loved ones are also a nice addition to the card and once you send us the photographs we can proceed with getting your stationery completed.

What happens now?

We compile all your choices. Then we design and print a customised memorial card, prayer card or bookmark that you are proud of. After we have finished the design aspect we will send you a proof. Once you agree, we will go ahead and print. Your prints will be ready within 3-days of finalising the proof.

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The ‘ALL STAR’ Wars back by popular demand

The All Star Wars Autumn Run 2011
designed & printed by Fermoy Print & Design

The Irish Examiner said it was “Funny & Irreverent”. The Irish Times said: “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll hurl” and the Evening Echo named it “A cracking success.” We say: You’ll be sorry you missed it!

Back by popular demand The ‘ALL-STAR’ Wars have started selling tickets for their next run of shows in the Cork Opera House (Sept 6-10), the Glór Theatre in Ennis (Sept 29-Oct 1) and Theatre Royal in Waterford (October 3-8).

This barrage of musical comedy and sporting triumphs is a must see for all comedy, musical and G.A.A fans alike! A fabulous evening of comedy, music and song which chronicles the lifelong ambitions and adventures of hapless Junior B hurler; ‘Hugh Cullen’, an apparent descendent of Cuchulainn! Honouring the masters of the Clash of the Ash, this new show, which is the brainchild of writer/director Bryan Flynn & actor/comedian Kevin McCormack, will have you laughing and rejoicing the great game.

We were priviledged to work with them on their new posters! Theatrix Productions are proud to present The ‘ALL STAR’ Wars and you can find out more on https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-ALL-Star-Wars/166284293393421

Fermoy Print & Design work with different theatre and drama groups to design and print posters, programmes, pop-up banners, canvas promotion banners, tickets and much much more. More information by contacting Máiréad at 087 2070539 or mairead@fermoyprint.com

The 'ALL STAR' Wars - Cork Opera House Sept 6-10The 'ALL STAR' Wars - Glór Theatre Ennis Sept 29-Oct1The 'ALL STAR' Wars - Theatre Royal Oct 3-8

Festival Season still flying high at Fermoy Print & Design

As the summer festival circuit is well and truly underway, Fermoy Print & Design are delighted to have played an important role on the local front. Currently we have just finished working on two very successful local festivals in the south Limerick region, Ballylanders Pattern Festival and Glenroe Harvest Festival.

The Pattern Festival in Ballylanders is one of the original local community festivals and happens every August 15th. In recent years the festival committee have revived the activities happening at the festival and crowds have been known to come in their thousands to the thriving community. Having developed into a week long celebration, this year’s line-up includes the famous Wolf Tones as well as dancing by Checkers, Discos on the street, the offical opening of the new community playground, Texas Hold ‘Em poker game, a comedy show and much much more.

 

 

The Glenroe Harvest Festival is in it’s 3rd sucessful year and anticipation about the festival has grown with each passing year. Running from September 10 to 17, this year’s committee will bring headlines such as The Saw Doctors, Crystal Swing as well as having a fashion show, table quiz, kiddies disco and a monster BBQ.  More information can be found on the festival’s facebook page or www.glenroeharvestfestival.com

The festival was launched last week in the beautiful settings of Castle Oliver in Ardpatrick, a neighbour to the celebrating village.

Both festivals are being organised by local volunteers and all monies raised will be used to upgrade community and sporting facilities. We wish them both great success and are proud to be associated with them both.

Tide turns for Irish music and dance in Fermoy

Traditional Irish music, dance and song started it’s revival in 1994 with the Lord of the Dance and Jean Butler stunning international audiences with their exceptional footwork and talent. That memorable performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in the Point Theatre in Dublin laid the modern stage for Irish people to show off their skill and excellence in a tradition that has survived the turning tide of generations.

In a bid to celebrate our rich Irish history, The Turning Tide, brings together a group of very talented young people from different corners of the country and demonstrates the true talent we possess in both music, song and dance. Playing until August 12 in Fermoy, Youghal and Mallow, the first half of the show brings the audience through the earlier part of our history before the Irish Republic. It commemorates the passing of time in a manner that’s uplifting and excellently executed. The second half of the show brings a more modern element to the show and highlights the talents of a modern, highly educated and gifted people.

The show is part of the Blackwater School of Music and runs locally until August 12th. Fermoy Print and Design is a proud sponsor of the show and offical printers to the group. Further details can be found on www.facebook.com/TurningTideTheShow.

All artwork was designed by the crew at The Turning Tide.

1,000 flyers for only €99

1000 A5 Flyers for €99+vatWant to reach your current and future customers in a cost effective and efficient manner? Want new clients to notice you more? Here at Fermoy Print & Design, due to popular demand, we have once again lowered the price on our most popular leaflet. We ran this offer in May and we had some many people ask that we re-run it, so we decided we would.

This offer makes these flyers just 11c each!!! Unbeatable value.

Now you can get 1,000 A5 flyers designed with your business or community colours and with graphics that suit your event or special offer. Then we send you a proof. When you say you like it, we will go to print and have them within a couple of days.

This offer will run until August 31st. All you have to do is phone us on 025 31355.

Need your leaflets delivered?

We can do this too. We have a mailing system where we can either organise a door-to-door drop for you in a designated area or we can post them out to your target clients. Talk to Máiréad in our sales team about this. You can contact her at mairead@fermoyprint.com or on 087 2070539.

Check out other special offers here

Stuck for something to do this weekend?

Now that all the schools are on official holidays it feels like the summer has finally begun. Hopefully the sun will feel the same and come out! This weekend is one of the busiest local weekends and here at Fermoy Print and Design we have spent the week helping loads of community groups get ready for their celebrations. By the looks of it there is no need to go anywhere special this weekend, there is loads on!

One of the main attractions is the All Ireland Ferguson Heritage Vintage Rally in Castletownroche. Billy Sheehan and his crew have been working hard to put together a day to remember for anyone with an interest in farming or vintage machinery and cars. It promises to be a wonderful sight and we were proud to work with the organisers to produce the programme for this weekend. Our in-house designer Kieran Dwane designed the beautiful programme here. There will be over 300 entrants to the different competition and events will kick off at 1.30pm on Sunday (July 3, 2011) with Gerorge McAleer, the national Ferguson Heritage Co-ordinator.

 

The Fermoy Flower Club and the St Patrick’s Church in Fermoy are hosting A Festival of Flowers as part of the celebrations marking the Bi-Centenary of the church. The event is being launched tonight in the church and the festival will open at 11am on Saturday morning (July 2) and again on Sunday (July 3) at 1pm at the church. Fr Aduin Casey is the administrator of Fermoy Parish and worked with us this week to produce a beautiful Souvenir Programme. The cover was designed by Gerry Condon. Flower & Garden Clubs from various parts of the country are coming to display their goods and really should be a lovely event.

 

Fermoy Rowing Club are hosting their annual Regatta this weekend. It’s a wonderful event and always attracts hundreds of people to the town of Fermoy. In his address at the launch earlier two weeks ago, chairman Cllr John Murphy said this years Regatta will attract over 1,000 competitors and supporters and there will be 211 races every 3 minutes from 8am on Sunday morning! The Fermoy Business Action group are hosting a River Festival in conjunction with the regatta to further entertain the visitors and spectators. The Blackwater River may have cost Fermoy a penny or two over the years but it is a wonderful (and very beautiful) resource and this weekend, the Regatta will help show off the wonderful asset it truly is to the town. All week we’ve been working with the Rowing Club to produce this week’s programme. This cover was deigned by Kieran Dwane.

 

So in all it’s been a very busy week! Now that it’s Friday evening we’re off to enjoy the weekend and try and get to as many events as we can. Best wishes to all the different committees involved. We hope the sun shines and everyone else spends the weekend in the North Cork area!

Muiris heads for International Success

Muiris Bartley is a name that will soon be in bright lights. Today (July 1, 2011) Muiris heads to Australia as the only Irish representative on the World AFL team. He is one of only two European representatives.
Muiris, who is in 5th year, worked at Fermoy Print and Design for a little while and kindly took a break from his last minute packing yesterday to visit us all here. We were delighted to be able to wish him well in person and to sponsor him on his trip. We’re proud of you Muiris and congratulations on your wonderful achievement. You’re going to do brilliant.

 

Muiris is pictured here with Liam and Anne-Marie Barry of Fermoy Print & Design

 

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