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Activities Today

The role of livery companies has changed greatly over the centuries, but they continue to play an integral part both in the administration of their particular trade, and in the life of the City of London.

Trade Support
Charities
Civic Support

Trade Support
Today's livery companies range from those which once had a trade or craft which no longer exists (e.g. Mercers, Salters, Bowyers), through those who play a part in a continuing trade or craft (e.g. Goldsmiths, Butchers, Saddlers, Farriers), to those whose members are entirely drawn from modern professions (e.g. Chartered Accountants, Insurers, Arbitrators).

While all livery companies are social organisations, based on good fellowship and common interests, many are actively engaged in fostering the well-being of their trade, craft or profession. Some of those whose crafts have disappeared have switched their support to others - for example the Horners are now involved in plastics, the Fanmakers in air conditioning and the Tallow Chandlers have interests with the oil industry.

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Charities
One matter which concerns every livery company is that of charity, which is ongoing and covers the whole range of activity from the relief of distress to almshouses, schools and higher education. No new company may be granted livery without the possession of a substantial charitable fund. All the older companies have charitable trusts or funds which have been in existence for many years.

The Livery's combined contribution to national charities is impressive, the more so for being directed with particular knowledge of the needs of the disadvantaged in modern society.

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Civic Support
All livery companies share the ties which link them to the Corporation of London - the Freedom of the City which all liverymen have to possess; the grant of livery by the Court of Aldermen, the rights of liverymen to attend Common Hall at Guildhall and elect the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and other officers each year; the pursuit of matters of common interest through the Livery Committee of the Court of Common Council, the Livery Committee (which has a wider membership), the Livery Companies Skills Council and participation in the United Guilds' Service which brings Church, City, Corporation, Livery Companies and citizens together each year in an impressive ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral.

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The Saddlery Training Centre, Salisbury
 
Trainees at the British Racing School
Leaving the United Guilds' Service