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Team visit to St. Andrew’s Hospice

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Yesterday three of our J Thomson Colour Printers team, Kevin Creechan Marie Gilmour and Susan Hart had the opportunity to visit St. Andrew’s Hospice to see how the money raised through the It’s A Knockout event was being used and it was a truly humbling experience.

Being able to personally see the care and unbelievable experiences that the amazing staff and volunteers give to their residents was frankly tear jerking, but in the most uplifting way.
What we learned is that it’s not just what they do for the people in their care but also what they contribute to their families, their outpatients & the communities of both North & South Lanarkshire.
They go above and beyond, and it made us so proud to be part of it and contribute in our own small way.
St. Andrew’s Hospice relies on contributions to be able to continue the outstanding work they do, so instead of giving ourselves a pat on the back for taking one Saturday out of our busy lives to raise a drop in the ocean towards what they need to continue to operate, we would like to ask all of you to keep them in your thoughts. If you are looking for a charity to support, this is an extremely worthy one.

Carbon Balanced Printer

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What better time than World Environment Day to announce that J Thomson Colour Printers is now the largest Certified Carbon Balanced commercial printer in Scotland.

J Thomson is supporting the global conservation charity World Land Trust in their crucial efforts to protect and preserve threatened, carbon-rich habitat around the world.

When we began our journey towards ISO 14001 certification in 2005, we had only one goal in mind, and that was to make J Thomson Colour Printers as environmentally sustainable as we possibly could.

Our World Land Trust Carbon Balanced Certification is just one part of our strategy to reduce our environmental impact. We strive to continue to invest and innovate to ensure we offer our customers the most sustainable solutions possible.

What does this mean for our clients? When you choose J Thomson Colour Printers, you’re not only guaranteed high quality printing services, you are also supporting a company dedicated to environmental responsibility. Together we can make a difference and we look forward to sharing more of our journey with you.

At J Thomson Colour Printers we take our responsibility to quality…..

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At J Thomson Colour Printers we take our responsibility to quality, the environment and Health & Safety seriously and have a robust system in place to ensure rigorous adherence. As a result, we have the following accreditations:• ISO 9001(Quality)• ISO14001(Environment)• ISO45001(OHAS) and• FSC (Chain of Custody)

We are externally audited on each of these standards annually and since 2019 have been audited 20 times. During that period, we have recorded ZERO (0) non-conformances….
This is a remarkable achievement, one which we’re extremely proud of, and demonstrates an excellent level of commitment from all employees in ensuring the continuing success of the business.

Scott Macnair 25 years service

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As a business, we are extremely proud of our superb employee long service record. We have an exceptionally low turnover of staff, and it is an incredible achievement that we have managed to retain such a wealth of experience and skills within the organisation for so many years.

At present we have 12 employees with 25 years of service or more, which is an extremely rare occurrence these days. Instead of a lifetime achievement award, which some of them probably think they deserve, we thought we would shine the spotlight on these long serving individuals throughout 2024 to commemorate their accomplishments.

First up, is @scott_macnair who is celebrating an impressive 25 years of service. Scott started as a mac operator in December 1998. Over the years he steadily climbed the ranks, achieving the position of Pre-Press supervisor in 2010. He was one of the first employees to participate in the management training programme where he demonstrated his commitment and leadership skills. It was this determination that ultimately led to him becoming the Pre-Press manager in 2019. He is crucial member of the production team, and we are grateful for the dedication he has shown over the years.

Happy Silver Anniversary Scott, here’s to many more years to come! – 🥳👏🍾🎊

JTCP End of Year 2023

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As we reflect on 2023, we would like to celebrate our wonderful suppliers’, customers and employees. It was an amazing year full of challenges, opportunities and successes and here are just some of the highlights.

Employee Of Quarter – Stevie Whitelaw – Digital Department

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The Employee Recognition Award for quarter three of 2023 goes to Stevie Whitelaw from our Digital Department.

Since joining in 2016, Stevie has become a vital member of the team. Conscientious and reliable, he brings great knowledge and experience to the department. A fully committed member of staff who sees no task as too much effort, his daily output is incredible and that contribution plays a big part in the continued success of digital.

He is a great character who is popular within the team. Congratulations

Inter-departmental 5-a-side tournament 2023

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The biggest football event in Scotland this week took place in Glasgow and featured flying elbows, flared tempers, diving tackles, loud booing from a section of the support and a dodgy referee. No, it wasn’t the Scotland v England friendly international – it was the @jthomsoncolourprinters inter-departmental 5-a-side tournament, kindly sponsored by Elliot Baxter.

After 2 hours of combat, on a stiflingly hot afternoon the oldest team in the tournament, by some distance, emerged victorious. Congratulations to the winners, Bryan Reid, Peter Shepard, Graham Watson, Martin Coyle and Kevin Creechan – the Customer Service Team – who showed the younger teams a thing or two about football, no doubt helped by the fact that they wore green and white strips according to @kevincreechan

A big thanks to everyone who turned up on the day, whether watching or playing, to Elliot Baxter for their support and to Brodies Bar for hosting the very liquid after party. 🏆⚽🍺

#jtcp #litho #digital #prepress #customerservices #skills#football #departments #winners #sponsor#elliottbaxterpaper

Summer of Sports 2023

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In the summer of 2022 England’s women’s football team won the final of the Euros, a tournament that caught the imagination of the country and gave the sport the platform it’s been craving for years. It was seen as a defining moment for the women’s game and has been followed by increased funding and media exposure.

In Scotland, it’s not moving quite as quickly, but it’s getting there.   We caught up with our Operations Manager, Bryan Reid, to discuss his involvement in the game when he’s away from work.  As an Academy coach for Kilmarnock FC Women, Bryan volunteers two nights each week and every Sunday to coach the Under 8 / Under 10 age group.

“I got involved the same way as most coaches in youth football, through my daughter Sophia.  She joined Kilmarnock FC Women at a time when they were short of coaches.  I had previously coached my sons and already had some qualifications so I offered to help and within a few weeks I was all in! It’s now an exciting time to be involved with the club.  They are investing in the women’s side, have employed Jim Chapman, an experienced manager with a wealth of knowledge to not only lead the senior first team but to head and restructure the girls Youth Academy.  They are already making great progress towards becoming a more professional set up and that can only be a good thing for the club, the community and of course the girls.

It’s also, surprisingly, a great way to unwind.  Most people would expect it to be a stressful environment, dealing with a group of kids aged from 6-10 but it’s the opposite.  Regardless of how my day has been at work, I give myself a reminder before every session that I’m the person responsible for making each girls time constructive and fun.  For most, these 90 minute sessions can be the highlight of their week so I can’t let them down by being in the wrong frame of mind.

It’s a privilege being involved by giving up a little bit of my spare time to play a part in the growth of the kids, both in football and hopefully in life – it’s so rewarding”.

People Create Print : Kim Rice, Financial Controller

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On National Numeracy Day, we decided to catch up with our Financial Controller Kim Rice.
 Read her Q&A’s here.

1. Kim, you joined the company when Alastair Baird retired, how has your first year been?
It’s been great. I left my job of 15 years in practice so coming to J Thomson’s was a big change for me, but I get to work with an amazing team of people which has made the move more rewarding than I thought it would be.

2. Did he give you any pointers that has made your transition into the role easier?
One thing he said to me was ‘just enjoy it’ and so that’s what I tell myself when Kevin appears 5 minutes after closing off the month looking for the results!

3. Have you always been interested in the financial side of business?
Yes, pretty much. I started my career in accountancy at 16 as a junior accounts assistant and have never looked back.

4. When you were younger, what did you want to be?
Aside from obviously wanting to tour the world as a backing dancer for the likes of Beyonce (never say never, right!?) I knew from primary school age I would be an accountant.

5. Have you learned anything about print since you started?
I like to think I have, but really only scratched the surface – there’s a lot to learn!

6. When you are not working what do you like to do?
Spending time with my boys.

7. You are having a dinner party, who would you invite (dead or alive), why?
All my friends and family plus Gordon Ramsay because I ain’t cooking…

8. The old favourite, you are stuck on a dessert island, you are allowed one person and one item what/who would they be?
I couldn’t pick just one person, so I would take a blanket and cider instead!

9. You win the lottery, where would you like to travel to?
Somewhere off grid where no-one can reach me.

10. e are printing your autobiography, what is the title?
‘I am Kim.’