Role of Livery Companies
Livery companies or guilds have been part of the social and commercial fabric of Europe since medieval times. Originally founded to protect the interests of various trades and their practitioners, Livery companies in the City of London now flourish as charitable patrons, promoters of industry and guardians of heritage and tradition as well as performing an important role in the governance of the City.
The Brewers' Company Today
Today, unlike most of the ancient Livery companies, the Brewers’ Company has remained close to its trade and only directors and senior management of member companies are admitted to the Livery. The Company is actively involved in supporting the brewing industry and education in brewing. It has a major philanthropic role as trustee to various major charitable trust funds supporting two schools, multiple other educational initiatives and a number of almshouses.