Saturday, 4 May 2013

Prospective New Members Evening at the City Pipe Thursday 2nd May

Court  Assistant  Diane Morris is Chair of the Marketors’ Membership Committee which sits within the Company’s fourth Aim of ’Bringing in and retaining Members, fostering fellowship and planning and arranging succession’.  Our Junior Warden, David Pearson, has responsibility for fulfilment of this Aim.
 Diane had kindly invited members of the Company to join the Master for drinks at the City Pipe – easy to find as almost opposite Goldsmiths’ Hall - on one condition: members were to bring along a colleague, friend or business acquaintance that could benefit from knowing more about the Worshipful Company of Marketors. This transpired to be no problem at all! Diane and fellow Marketors Justine Dignam, George Ryder, Brian Smith and Lesley Wilson had assembled a dozen guests between them to meet the Junior Warden, the Clerk and me.  Over refreshments we were all delighted to make the acquaintance of a group of fascinating marketers from a variety of equally interesting backgrounds - holding senior marketing roles in a diverse collection of organisations! Where had they all been until now I thought?
It was a pleasure to talk about the Company and the Livery in general to them and to answer a number of questions. Well known brands were represented, as well as legal and financial services, agencies, and major charities. Fellowship and mutual interest are key aspects of every Livery Company in encouraging potential members and we do excel at this. I was therefore delighted to see the very positive results of everyone’s efforts and we all enjoyed a very relaxed but lively evening of marketing chatter.  It does seem possible that we might look forward to an even busier Ceremonial Court on 25 July at Mansion House!  Please contact Diane on if any member would like to encourage a friend or business colleague to find out more about the Company. The Marketors is the obvious “Modern Company” for those engaged in aspects of sales, marketing or digital marketing but note there are many other companies which also seek new members covering other professions  – Solicitors, Accountants, Architects, Bankers, Information Technologists, Teachers, Environmental Cleaners etc etc – even Taxi Drivers!
It is worth noting that there are also many companies that are not restricted to seeking particular qualifications or professional involvement from potential members but able to consider applicants from a wider background – perhaps catering more towards interests and hobbies. eg: Basketmakers, Fanmakers, Needlemakers, Makers of Playing Cards, Wax Chandlers, Tallow Chandlers, Glass Sellers etc. 

If you are not in Marketing a good starting point is the full list of Livery Companies which can be obtained through the City of London website. Livery is for everyone, men and women, and there are almost 40,000 members across 108 Companies.

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