Becoming a livery company is a three-stage process. Each new company begins as a guild, and after four years they
can apply to become a company without a livery. At the Company of Communicators, we’re now working
towards the third and final stage: full livery status.
Achieving this will help us to become more active in our charitable giving and support. We’ll also be able to have liverymen.
This will enable us to play a greater role in the life of the City of London and give our liverymen the
opportunity to participate in City events, as well as voting rights for the senior civic offices.
The Company has almost doubled in size since 2020 and now has over 90 freemen of the City of London.
Exemplary progress in introducing good practice in diversity, equality and inclusion (DE&I).
Appointed a Head of Volunteering.
Raised over £2,000 to support the Livery Schools Link Digital Divide campaign to provide digital equipment to schools in need.
Launching an 'apprentice' scheme (Future Freemen).
Strong financial position with sustainability through our increased membership and fundraising.
We have raised £267,000 for our charitable trust - and are on track to reach our target of £300,000.
There are 111 livery companies in the City of London representing both ancient and modern professions. Livery companies play a significant part in the life of the City of London and give liverymen the opportunity to participate in their events as well as voting rights for the senior civic offices. They provide charitable-giving and networking opportunities (both within the company and across other livery companies).
Becoming a livery company is a three-stage process. Each new company begins as a guild, and after four years they can apply to become a company without a livery. At the Company of Communicators, we're now working towards the third and final stage: full livery status.
Other professions moving forward through the process are:
Company of Human Resource Professionals
Guild of Investment Managers
Company of Entrepreneurs
The main difference is that we will be more active supporting charities. The charitable trust will have a secure capital fund /endowment and will be able to draw down interest to support charitable activities.
Building on the volunteering work and supporting charitable endeavours.
Securing financial sustainability will mean that the company can benefit from:
Increased income to enable more services and events delivered for members
Increased networking opportunities due to larger membership base and more events.
As a worshipful company, we will also have liverymen. Only freemen of the Company and of the City can become liverymen (see below).
A liveryman is a full member of the company and a freeman of the City of London. Only freemen of the Company and City can become liverymen. Applicants become members/freemen of the Company first, then progress through ‘Redemption’ to become a Freeman of the City of London. Freemen and liverymen of the Company commit to pay annual dues (‘quarterage’) and make a specific commitment to contribute to the charitable fund.
When a worshipful livery company is created, there are different categories of membership. During the year the company is formed, there is the one-off opportunity to become one of the founders – a ‘Founder Liveryman’. After the year of founding, freemen can then become liverymen but the title of ‘founder’ is only available to be awarded during the year. Founder Liveryman status will be bestowed on members once formal livery status has been granted to the Company by the City of London Court of Aldermen.
The fee of £1,000 to become a Founder Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Communicators will go in its entirety to the charitable fund. This has to be contributed in advance in order to achieve the capital for the charity to qualify for the status as a full livery company. Most importantly, this will enable charitable giving and social action to support the communications profession.
Freemen who are not eligible, or do not want to become Founder Liverymen, still contribute by paying their Quarterage (annual dues) and by making their donation to the charitable fund. To become a liveryman, applicants must be freemen of the Company and then of the City. We are looking for 100 Founder Liverymen (for the first year of the Worshipful Company of Communicators).
In addition to the full fee going to the charitable fund to boost our ability to donate, once we achieve the Worshipful status, Founder Liverymen will also be able to:
Founder Liverymen are not expected to take on any additional roles or responsibilities aligned to their Founder Livery status. In line with existing company policy, the Company will be delighted for Founder Liverymen to become actively involved in the livery, court committees and our exciting plans and charitable initiatives in support of the communications profession. However, this is not a pre-requisite.
The Company’s charitable work is delivered through
Volunteering activities coordinated by the Head of Volunteering e.g. The Gift of Communication;
Pro bono activities;
Support for City events e.g. the Sheep Drive, Livery Schools Link;
Fundraising projects – e.g. the recent ‘sprint’ raised over £2,000 for the Digital Divide campaign run through the Livery Schools Link to provide digital equipment for schools.
Charitable donations (currently restricted while we secure the target endowment capital of £300k).
The charity committee and charitable fund trustees will be working together to produce a medium term plan for the endowment.
The Company is asking for a charitable donation of £1,000 to achieve Founder Liveryman status. We also encourage individuals to donate via Gift Aid where possible, to further enhance the value to the Charitable Trust.
We would be delighted to receive expressions of interest for corporate or individual sponsorship. The Company and Charitable Trust will look to recognise endeavour and achievement in line with our charter and charitable purpose. We are delighted to discuss sponsorship opportunities for your name – or your organisation’s brand – to be associated with an award that shines a light on outstanding contribution in the field of communications or an association with one of our events. Our ideas are developing – and we would welcome your input too!
All Company freemen are requested to donate £100 annually to the charitable fund.
Payment can be made directly into the charity current account with NatWest sort code 600001 account number 90323815 The Company of Communicators Charitable Trust, shortened as ‘The Company of Commun’ owing to character limit (bank processes vary so you may need to try both options). Please can use the reference ‘Founder Livery’ so we can identity the payment and complete a Gift Aid form (if it is a personal donation).
Your donation is made to the Company’s Charitable Trust, to support its charitable objectives and contribute towards the Company achieving the threshold to attain full livery status.
The Charitable Trust is governed by a separate board of trustees, reporting to the court and regulated by the Charity Commission. All the money raised for the trust will be safeguarded and protected to:
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