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16 International February 2017 Thoroughly modern world traders Almost since time immemorial, and certainly since the Middle Ages, Livery Companies have played a prominent part in the life of the City of London. There is nothing unusual in the concept of a trade association. However, what is unique about Livery Companies is their promotion of goodwill and fellowship amongst members. This is combined with the many charitable contributions they make and their support for education and their own industry trade. Expansion Over the centuries, expansion of trading areas and several changes in monarchy and parliament created a long hiatus in the establishment of any new Livery Companies, with the last founded in 1746. Then, in 1926 under the reign of King George V came the first of the ‘modern companies’ – the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Company No. 78. Until that date, some 77 of the ‘ancient companies’ had continued to exist. After many years of earlier dispute and at a time when their influence could change government, their order of precedence was established in 1515 with the Mercers’ Company as No. 1. These ancient companies, or guilds, were responsible for the management and quality of all of London’s trading activities and, whilst this is no longer necessary, they and the modern companies continue to be involved in the activities of the Corporation of London. Every year, members elect the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs, and then continue to support the Mayor throughout the year, continually promoting the City of London. Diverse Although formed in 1985, it took the Worshipful Company of World Traders until the year 2000 to become Company No. 101, receiving its Royal Charter from the Queen in 2015. This modern company is one of the most diverse in the City with members drawn from every aspect of world trade. World Traders are probably best known for their flagship event – the annual Tacitus Lecture sponsored by CET – which attracts some 900 people to Guildhall to hear prominent speakers talk about matters relating to both the UK and international trade. In addition, the company has a full calendar of events throughout the year with annual dinners and business luncheons, alongside thanksgiving and carol Services. World Traders also have many unique opportunities for members and their guests to gain new experiences – some as unusual as Swan Upping on the Thames with the Queen’s Swan Master, a ride in a helicopter with RAF Benson, a visit to the Thames Gateway, a tour of the Champagne Houses of Reims, and a guided tour with lunch at Lloyd’s Insurance Market. Over the years, World Traders have also undertaken many overseas trade missions, often accompanying the Lord Mayor on his travels. Continuity The City of London Livery Companies provide us with a sense of history and continuity in an ever changing world. Yet, if they are to continue to exist, they must also appeal to newcomers. The Worshipful Company of World Traders welcomes new members from both the UK and worldwide, provided they are involved with world trade and are able to partake in at least some of the company’s activities. Potential members are advised to study a little of the history of the Livery Companies and to be interested in and willing to participate in events. It is important to understand that they will also have to become a Freeman of the City of London, accepting the general belief that ‘the livery is for life. The Company’s motto is: ‘Commerce and honest friendship with all’. Mavis Gold is a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of World Traders www.world-traders.org by Mavis Gold Master trader The current Master of The Worshipful Company of World Traders is Robert Woodthorpe Browne MBE, a linguist and reinsurance industry professional. Founder of the African Insurance Organisation, he has worked in Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. After the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, he helped to establish a viable insurance profession in Russia and its former satellites.  Aside from his involvement in politics – he is a member of the Bureau of Liberal International – and World Traders, Woodthorpe Browne is a council member of Chatham House, and a board member of the British German Association. MIPIM facts MIPIM 2017 is expected to attract; 23,000 delegates, 2,600 exhibitors, 90 countries, 350+ keynote speakers, 5,300 investors, 3,800 CEOs and chairmen and 100+ conference sessions. It is that time of the year again when the big players from the property and construction sector descend on Les Palais des Festivals in Cannes for le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier – MIPIM MIPIM is the world’s largest property exhibition, attracting over 23,000 delegates from around the world and for the fifth time the LCCI will have a significant presence at the Expo. President Tony Pidgley CBE (chairman of the Berkeley Group), along with LCCI chief executive Colin Stanbridge and Mark Collins (chairman of UK Residential at CBRE and LCCI property and construction chairman) will be in situ for the week ensuring significant visibility, focus and support for the Chamber and its partners. Between them they will host a full range of high profile LCCI networking events offering multiple opportunities to make new business contacts. London (like Paris and Berlin) has its own designated marquee area next to the beach at the side of the Palais. The London Pavilion showcases all the current major London developments and projects and includes a conference area, terrace bar and fascinating model of the capital. Last year the Chamber engaged with big names from business and politics, including Sir Edward Lister, then deputy mayor for policy and planning and Boris’s right hand man along with the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis. High profile This year promises to be even bigger and better. Members that are joining LCCI in Cannes as sponsors have embraced the opportunity to get their brand out to the high-calibre MIPIM audience in a cost effective way. Their logos are emblazoned on LCCI’s interactive flagship stand, located in one of the most high profile areas of the London Pavilion. Partners in 2017 include the Berkeley Group, CBRE, Mitsubishi Electric, Essential Living (one of the biggest names in the fast-developing private rented sector), leading creative designers Wagstaffs Design, global architects AHR, national construction consultants Bruce Shaw, multi-disciplinary practice Calfordseaden, industry training providers University College of Estate Management, and top transport planners Vectos LCCI will also be using MIPIM as a platform to be the voice of London business. With London’s population expected to reach nine million by 2020 and ten million by 2030 (megacity status) there will be many challenges in meeting the needs of this future population as well as attendant opportunities. LCCI will be focussing on the key areas of housing, skills, devolution and transport in getting policy messages over to the influencers who congregate at MIPIM for four-days of back-to-back meetings, appointments and events. www.mipim.com MIPIM runs from 14 – 17 March 2017 For more information on how to get involved this year or next, contact Angela Reed, sponsorship and promotions manager at LCCI areed@londonchamber.co.uk LCCI’s MIPIM mission


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