Victor Watson Trophy

Press Release

18 May 2016

Nominations sought for young achievers in printing and allied trades

This new trophy is launched in memory of Victor Watson CBE DL to recognise a Young Person of Outstanding Achievement. It is open to anyone 31 years or under (at the time of the presentation) employed in the printing industry – which includes the printing supply chain from journalism through all aspects of printing and allied trades such as: printing, publishing, manufacturing or operating presses, driving, cleaning, advertising, photography, graphic arts, making ink, recycling paper. The nominator and nominee do not have to be associated with any particular organisation.

The recipient can apply for a Printing Charity bursary of £1,500. The trophy will be presented on 6 July at a ceremony in London. It is supported by the BPIF, The Printing Charity and The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards.

A nomination form can be found at

The closing date is Friday 10 June at 12 p.m.
Victor Watson CBE DL

Until his death, he was the President of Print Yorkshire, now known as CDi Yorkshire (Creative and Digital Industries). In 2007, he was awarded the first ever BPIF President’s Award for Lifetime Contribution to the printing industry. The same year his autobiography, The Waddingtons Story, was published, which recounts saving the business for the employees and the City of Leeds. He was a past president of the BPIF and The Printing Charity. Victor became a Liveryman of the Playing Card Makers in 1951 and, at the age of 36, was Master of the Company from 1965 to 1966. He died on the 25th February 2015.



Final call for entries to the 2016 Print Futures Awards

Press Release

10 May 2016


Final call for entries to the 2016 Print Futures Awards

Grants of up to £1,500 available to help pay for costs associated with training courses for a career in printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts 

A reminder from the sponsors of the annual Print Futures Awards – The Printing Charity, the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Unite the Union GPM & IT Sector, SAXOPRINT, John Crosfield Foundation, St Bride Foundation, The Book Trade Charity, and the Journalists’ Charity – that the closing date for applications is 27 May 2016.

These annual awards are open to people resident in the UK aged 16 to 30 years who:

  • intend or are studying for a career in printing, publishing, packaging or graphic arts in the UK
  • are already working in those sectors in the UK and would like to undertake courses or training sessions to develop their workplace skills
  • are apprentices or studying for NVQs in print-related organisations and need help with travel and living expenses while working and studying

Further information and application forms are at and completed entries should be sent to by 27 May 2016.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in London on 13 and 14 June and the Awards will be presented on 19 July at a special event in London.

Media Contacts:

Dr Mark Johnson, Print Futures Awards Secretary, T: 01293 542 820,

E: and follow @printfuturesawd

Jane Allardice, Jane Allardice Communications Ltd, T: 07778 521 853,




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