Employers’ organisations

The Scot­tish Alliance of Mas­ters in the Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades was formed at a meet­ing in the North British Hotel (now the Bal­moral) in Edin­burgh on 8 Novem­ber 1910 to rep­re­sent the inter­ests of print­ing employ­ers through­out Scot­land. It orig­i­nal­ly com­prised a num­ber of local asso­ci­a­tions such as Edin­burgh and Glas­gow: it was at the insti­ga­tion of the Glas­gow Mas­ter Print­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion that the Fed­er­a­tion was formed.

Employ­ers’ was sub­sti­tut­ed for ‘Mas­ters’ at the organisation’s AGM on 25 March 1919. In 1952 it became the Scot­tish Alliance of Mas­ter Print­ers; in 1960 the Soci­ety of Mas­ter Print­ers of Scot­land and in 1991 the Scot­tish Print Employ­ers Fed­er­a­tion, and, in 2010, Graph­ic Enter­prise Scot­land. It is now known as Print Scot­land.

There is a pho­to gallery of past pres­i­dents orig­i­nal­ly pre­pared for the book pub­lished to mark the cen­te­nary. This is Mechan­i­cal to dig­i­tal print­ing in Scot­land: the print employ­ers’ organ­i­sa­tion by Pro­fes­sor John Gen­nard, pub­lished by the Trust in asso­ci­a­tion with Graph­ic Enter­prise Scot­land (ISBN-13: 978–09563043-1–5). For most of its his­to­ry, local asso­ci­a­tions were the main­stay of the organ­i­sa­tion: these were:

  • Aberdeen Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. First met in Novem­ber 1912: branch formed March 1918
  • Ayr­shire Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. First met in 1914: branch formed Novem­ber 1918
  • Cen­tral Coun­ties Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. Branch formed May 1919
  • Dum­fries and Gal­loway Mas­ter Print­ers Asso­ci­a­tion
  • Dundee Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. First met in Octo­ber 1910: branch formed Feb­ru­ary 1917
  • Edin­burgh Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. First met pri­or to 1792: branch formed April, 1917: a list of EMPS pres­i­dents 1917–1991 has been com­piled
  • Fifeshire Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. Branch formed 1920
  • For­farshire Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. Branch formed May 1919
  • Glas­gow Dis­trict Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. First met in Decem­ber 1876: branch formed April 1917
  • Greenock Mas­ter Print­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion­La­nark­shire Dis­trict Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. Branch formed March 1926
  • North­ern Coun­ties Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. Branch formed Decem­ber 1920
  • Perth Print­ing and Kin­dred Trades Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. First met in ear­ly 1918. Branch formed June 1918
  • Scot­tish Bor­der Dis­trict Print­ing and Kin­dred Trade Employ­ers’ Asso­ci­a­tion. Branch formed July 1919

An indi­ca­tion of the Federation’s  activ­i­ties and size over the years can be seen in the lists of local asso­ci­a­tion mem­ber com­pa­nies and Fed­er­a­tion Office Bear­ers over the peri­od 1923–1983. (This data is  tak­en from the Mas­ter Print­ers Annu­al pub­lished by the British Fed­er­a­tion of Mas­ter Printers/British Print­ing Indus­tries Fed­er­a­tion)

Scot­tish Alliance 1923
Scot­tish Alliance 1934
Scot­tish Alliance 1943
Scot­tish Alliance 1953
Soci­ety of Mas­ter Print­ers of Scot­land 1964
Scot­tish Soci­ety of Mas­ter Print­ers 1973
Scot­tish Soci­ety of Mas­ter Print­ers 1983

There was also an active Young Mas­ter Print­ers Group, which held its first con­fer­ence in St Andrews in 1928. A short his­to­ry was writ­ten to mark the 50th anniver­sary of its foun­da­tion.

There is a list of the sur­viv­ing archives for these groups.