The Company Today
The Mercers’ Company is one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company and its associated charitable trusts makes substantial grants to support education, general welfare, church and faith and arts and heritage. A network of almshouses and other homes for the elderly are managed by the charitable trusts associated with the Company. The Company is closely involved with 17 schools across the country and supports them primarily through the appointment of governors. The Company funds its activities from income derived from its investments, mainly property in London’s West End and the City.
The Company is also patron (it has the right to appoint the vicar or rector) of a number of benefices in the Church of England, and it maintains close links with its affiliated units in the United Kingdom’s Armed Services.
The Company is the custodian of an archive (stretching back to its earliest days), many historic buildings, works of art and other artefacts. As well as maintaining this collection, the Company keeps its history alive by continuing its own traditions and, as Premier Livery Company, fully participating in the civic life of the City of London.
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