J Thomson: Highlights of 2018


We've had another eventful year here at J Thomson Colour Printers so we thought we'd have a look at some of the best bits of 2018:

Print Business: J Thomson is Scotland's True Commercial Printer

Print Business visited the J Thomson headquarters in Glasgow to view the company's world-class factory and state-of-the-art equipment before sitting down with J Thomson Managing Director, Kevin Creechan, to chat about the company's recent achievements (including the K&B 1814 productivity prize for 2017) as well as our continuous and substantial investment strategy during a turbulent time in the print industry.

Dealing with Brexit: J Thomson & The Scottish Printing Industry

To mark the anniversary of the triggering of Article 50 and the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union, we took a look at current attitudes towards the vote in the print industry as well as some of the potential effects and challenges it may have on the industry in the future.

In January 2019, following Theresa May's Brexit deal's historic defeat in Westminster, Kevin Creechan gave his reaction to Print Week as they listened to the industry's increasing frustration. Read the full article here.

Excellence in Management Training Programme

In May of 2018, three J Thomson employees - Stephen White, Gordon MacDonald and Scott MacNair - completed the company's Management Training Programme. The programme - developed with the help of Julie Turner at JTMS - included mentorship sessions split over three years running parallel with personal development coaching to help the individuals learn the necessary skills and attributes to excel in management.

Glasgow School of Art Visits J Thomson

J Thomson welcomed 24 Glasgow School of Art students at the company’s factory in Glasgow last May. The talented GSA students explored the factory, under the guidance of a number of J Thomson department managers, in order to understand how Scotland’s leading commercial print company operates and the latest processes and technology involved within the print industry today.

People Create Print: Rikki McManus

We launched our new blog series, 'People Create Print', in the middle of last year which focuses on the people who work at J Thomson and the various roles they undertake in our printing process. We felt it was very important to highlight these individuals for their tremendous work as, without their skills and knowledge, we would not be able to provide the industry-leading service our customers have come to expect.

The first instalment of this series centred on Richard McManus, known as Rikki, and his role in the J Thomson factory. Known for his strong work ethic, friendly demeanour and industry experience, Rikki talks us through some of the highlights from his 38 years at J Thomson and the changes he has witnessed at the company throughout that time.

Print Week: J Thomson Modernised with Dual Muller Martini Deal

In September of 2018, J Thomson announced our dual deal with Muller Martini to upgrade our stitching and binding lines. The deal comprised of a Primera MC saddle-stitcher which arrived in November to replace our previous Primera E140, as well as an Alegro binding line which is currently being installed.

The upgrades stand as further evidence of J Thomson's commitment to investing in state-of-the-art printing and associated processes as the company continues to lead and modernise the Scottish market with high-quality print solutions.

Digital Team Supports Charity with Nevis Climb

Jeff Black, Sean Dunne, Craig Hadden and Steven Tierney from the J Thomson digital team climbed Scotland’s highest mountain - a full 1,345 metres - on Saturday 8th September in support of Lizzie O’Neill, the mother of Jeff, who sadly passed away 10 years ago.


The group’s hike was part of a charity initiative, the conclusion of which was a fund-raising night on 21st September to raise money and awareness for the Hospice that took such fantastic care of Lizzie and her family throughout their time of need and helps many other families every year. The initiative was a success and they raised in excess of £2,000, a fantastic achievement.

J Thomson at the Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2018

The Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2018 launched in October with a series of insightful talks and discussions from industry leaders and trendsetters as well as a thought-provoking creative poster competition.

Everyone at J Thomson looks forward to the annual launch of GDFS as it provides us with a fantastic opportunity to work with innovative young artists from all across the world.

People Create Print: Mark Jones

The second instalment of our blog post series 'People Create Print' focused on Mark Jones.

Mark's story and journey with J Thomson is one of incredible personal and professional development. From a young, daft (his words) boy, Mark has flourished at the company to become an indispensable member of the J Thomson team. His experience and education with the company has enabled him to exceed even what he thought was possible in the industry.

Mark is now taking part in the new management training programme.

J Thomson Presents Visit Scotland Awards

Towards the end of the year, J Thomson sponsored the Best Bar/Pub awards at the Visit Scotland Scottish Thistle Awards.

The Scottish Thistle Awards is Scotland's premier awards for the tourism industry, celebrating success, innovation, excellence and best practice in Scotland's tourism and hospitality industry.

Among the winners of the illustrious industry award were The Boudingait (The 2018 / 2019 Central, Fife & Tayside Regional Winners), D.M Stewart Ltd, The Guildford Arms (The 2018 / 2019 Lothian & Borders Regional Winners) and The Clachan Inn (The 2018 / 2019 West Regional Winners).

Due to J Thomson's close relationship with the tourism industry in Scotland, we feel it's vital to celebrate and highlight the success and quality of businesses that we have to offer. The 2018-2019 Final will be held on Thursday 14th March 2019, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, for more details please visit The Scottish Thistle Awards.

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