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Print Scotland welcomes new president

Print Scotland, the trade association and voice of Scotland’s graphic communications industry, has appointed Iain Robertson as its new president.

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Iain Robertson is appointed president of Print Scotland

With more than 47 years of experience in the industry, Robertson is set to bring his wealth of knowledge to the role for a two-year term.

Having served the organisation as vice president since 2015, Robertson now takes over from Keven Creechan, managing director of J Thomson Colour Printers, who has served five years in the role.

Susan Graham, a senior executive at Charles Letts, takes on the role of vice president.

Robertson is a consultant to his family print business JJR Print of Dumbarton and will work to drive growth within Scotland’s print industry.

Speaking at Print Scotland’s 108th annual general meeting in Glasgow, Robertson says: “Print Scotland has come a long way under Kevin’s leadership, and by engaging directly with customers and government he has helped make the print industry in Scotland highly visible.

“As president I intend to continue this trend by working closely with our director Garry Richmond to reach out and seek to broaden the scope of Print Scotland by welcoming new members whose activities, which embrace new technologies, can be some way away from the traditional perception of printing.

I see it as my duty as president to address that issue head-on and to work towards telling more and more young people about the huge career opportunities which can open before them

“We offer all of them a range of valuable benefits, including my number one priority, the training of apprentices where we are continuing to make great progress.”

Print Scotland oversees training for modern apprentices through the Scottish Training Scheme, which provides a grant from the Scottish Government to cover the costs. Robertson says he is keen to bridge the gap between print workers retiring and new faces entering the industry.

He adds: “Our members, and the 5,500 people who work in Scotland’s printing industry, face a significant succession gap in the next ten years, as highly-skilled and knowledgeable staff set on retiring are not being replaced in sufficient numbers.

“I see it as my duty as president to address that issue head-on and to work towards telling more and more young people about the huge career opportunities which can open before them as a result of undertaking an apprenticeship in our industry.

“The print industry in Scotland is demonstrating slow but steady signs of growth year-on-year, and despite challenging times, there are great opportunities to be grasped, not least through greater engagement with both central and local government in Scotland with whom we now have, for the first time, regular dialogue.”

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