The Mercers’ Company is almost 700 years old and is a Livery Company in the City of London. The Company, and its associated charitable trusts make substantial grants to support young people, education, older people, churches and communities. A network of almshouses and other homes for the elderly are also managed by the charitable trusts associated with the Company. The Company is involved with the running of 16 schools across the country and supports them primarily thought the appointment of governors. It also provides, with the City of London Corporation, free public lectures in the City at Gresham College
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 of a number of benefices in the Church of England (i.e. it has the right to appoint the vicar or rector of a parish) and maintains close links with its affiliated units in the United Kingdom’s Armed Services.
The Company is custodian of an archive stretching back to its earliest days as well as historic buildings, art and other artefacts. As well as maintaining this collection, the Company keeps its history alive by continuing its own traditions, fully participating in the civic life of the City of London.