About Us

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


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 Impact

As an occupational charity with a near 200-year history we need to understand and respond to the sector as it changes and evolves. We know that the sector will continue to change over the coming years, but for us to be effective in our support we wanted to hear from our beneficiaries and stakeholders. Our impact report summarises the outcomes of an engagement programme that took the views of more than 100 people from across our own team, our Trustees, industry stakeholders, and our beneficiaries.

Our History

We are proud of our long heritage and have been supporting individuals from the printing, paper, packaging and publishing sector since 1827. The roll call of our former Presidents is impressive with powerful figures from politics and industry; all with a connection to and belief in the sector.

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.

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 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.


Time to Change

The Time to Change Employer Pledge is a commitment to changing the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace. 

We are proud of our commitment to support mental health in the workplace.  We will ensure that relevant training is given to all line managers and that awareness training is available to any staff that want to attend.

Working with Time to Change we pledge that a positive culture for mental health is embedded in all of our policies and that our staff feel fully supported.

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