About Us

We are proud of our heritage and since 1827 we have been helping people in printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts.

Introduction

The Printing Charity is the UK’s second oldest occupational charity and was set up originally as the Printers’ Pension Society to help printers who had fallen on hard times.

The printing industry has changed beyond all recognition since then with advances in printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts no one could have envisaged.

Despite the industry’s innovation and growth, our charitable aims of promoting independence, protecting dignity and furthering education remain as relevant today as they have always been.

Today the UK is the world’s fifth largest producer of printed products, with 8,400 companies, 116,000 employees, a £13.8 billion turnover, and a £700 million capital investment per annum. (Source: British Printing Industries Federation)

Our Vision

Our Vision

To be the charity of choice for the printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts sectors

We aim to achieve this:

  • by promoting independence, protecting dignity, and furthering education through our welfare and education work
  • by being accessible to and better understanding the people we help to ensure our support and services are relevant
  • by working strategically with industry partners to help fund training and create pathways to employment for young people in printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts
  • by increasing the number of people we help in a more meaningful way year-on-year

Our Governance

The Printing Charity (formerly known as the Printers’ Charitable Corporation) is registered as a charity in England and Wales (No. 208882) and operates in the British Isles and the Republic of Ireland.

The charity is incorporated by Royal Charter granted in 1865. Two Supplemental Charters were granted in 1972 and 2014.

The 2014 Supplemental Charter widened the charity’s objects and changed our legal name to The Printing Charity. It includes the Bye-laws setting out our day-to-day governance, which can be viewed here Bye-laws – July 2014

The charity’s governing body is the Council made up of Trustees, who are all volunteers. Council must meet at least four times a year.

 

Annual Reports and Accounts

We hold our Annual General Meeting in June each year where we present our Annual Report and Accounts. If you would like to attend our AGM to find out more about our work, please email lucy@theprintingcharity.org.uk or call us on 01293 542 820.

Please click on the relevant link below to download our Annual Reports. You will need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files.

 

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