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.



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