Giving something back has always been important to John Watson. In addition to significant charitable giving, John places great emphasis on providing a helping hand to young entrepreneurs keen to create or grow their business.
His philanthropic work is far–reaching, too. John serves on the fundraising board for the Marie Curie hospice in Glasgow and was part of the team which raised a colossal £16.1 million to create Glasgow’s new hospice.
While John was still working, the Company provided the hospice with free printing.
He has helped a number of organisations – notably and has contributed to the creation of the “Watson Auditorium” at The Glasgow Academy.
In 2016 The Watson Foundation sponsored a new exhibition at The Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow entitled “Comic Convention” featuring a recently discovered vintage comic printed by John Watson and Company in the early 19th Century called “The Glasgow Looking Glass”. A sensation in its day, it poked fun at many Glasgow individuals.