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From confusion to clarity in Scotland

The print industry trade organisation Graphic Enterprise Scotland has rebranded itself with the more prosaic Print Scotland which the organisation says: ‘it is what it is.’

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Print Scotland is the new name for Graphic Enterprise Scotland

The new name is a refreshing change as the previous one didn’t mention the word ‘print’ and had on occasion caused confusion as it failed to spell out its focus. Originally called the Scottish Print Employers’ Federation, Print Scotland dates back to 1910, championing the industry north of the border. The group offers a range of benefits including legal advice, training, health and safety audits and accreditation as well as representing members with Unite the Union.

Kevin Creechan the organisation’s president says: “Our new brand makes it very clear what we do. We are a body which is focussed on representing the print community in Scotland.

“While the printing sector has undoubted challenges: the high level of capital investment required to stay competitive, digital media and a degree of over-capacity, we believe that the collective benefits we will be able to bring to Print Scotland members should swell our membership numbers and give us a stronger voice. These benefits include an exclusive, official courier agreement and the availability of close HR support to keep members compliant with all existing and forthcoming legislative matters as they impact on our industry.

“With further benefits lined up to members in respect of both finance and insurance cover, we believe our offering will also appeal to the many small and new-start businesses, particularly in the digital, packaging and wide-format printing disciplines which have emerged in recent years. We are also examining collective deals which not only benefit the member companies but all employees of those companies.”

Our new brand makes it very clear what we do. We are a body which is focussed on representing the print community in Scotland

Scotland is facing new challenges with higher taxes for businesses, Brexit, and concerns over Scottish Government contracts going south of the border or elsewhere. It is a vital part of the economy and has a big influence on businesses south of the border and across the water in Northern Ireland.

Garry Richmond who is a director of Print Scotland adds: “As a re-energised trade body we will also be looking closely at public sector procurement strategies to ensure that Scottish printers are not excluded unnecessarily from providing a service. Our message to them is that the capacity to provide excellent quality at sensible prices is on their doorsteps. Greater membership numbers gives us the capacity to sell consistently the values of the printed product to all members of the community throughout Scotland resulting in increased business opportunities for our members.”

Membership of Print Scotland is open to all businesses, directly or indirectly involved in the sector.

Are you a print business in Scotland? How do you see the future of the industry in Scotland? Email your views to Harry - Harry@linkpublishing.co.uk or call me on 0117 9805 040. Or react to the story on Twitter and have your say.

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