Showing posts from December, 2017

Social Media Engagement: The case for Livery Companies to embrace root and branch change in communication

The topic of improved communications within and about the Livery has recently been one of much discussion among the Livery Companies, especially through the new Pan Livery initiative. The Lord Mayor raised the issue in his Address to the Masters and Clerks at Mansion House on 22nd November 2017.

This desire for better, or as the Lord Mayor put it in his address 'radical' communication, of the work of the Livery Companies is nothing new, but radical? Let's see...

Where My Lord Mayor was the live Periscope broadcast of the Address, or the Tweet stream, or the Facebook posting? Can I watch it on YouTube or follow up the discussion in a blog?

To be fair, radical is not a word that sits naturally or comfortably with many Livery Companies, however my handy thesaurus provides an alternative phrase more readily acceptable to and widely known among the Livery, to wit: root and branch!

Many past Lord Mayors have bemoaned the lack of inter-Livery communication and especially communic…

Get Chartered, or how to reach the Gold Standard of incorporated body with a Royal Charter

This blog article is based on an interview I conducted with Keith Lawrey, winner of the City Livery Club's Root and Branch Award (2017). The Root and Branch Award recognises the Liveryman who has made an outstanding contribution to the wider aims of the Livery, and is usually presented by the Lord Mayor of London at the City Livery Club's annual civic luncheon in the City.

Keith achieved his award for decades of pro bono work for the Livery Companies specifically guiding them through the process of obtaining a first Royal Charter, supplemental Royal Charters or amendments to an existing Royal Charter.

A transcript and audio extracts of the interview will follow at a later date, for the time being this article explores the reasons why a Livery Company would want to petition the Crown for a Royal Charter and the process as it stands today. In time past Royal Charters were granted by the Monarch, and sometimes withdrawn, usually as a tax raising measure or means to grant monopolis…