On Tuesday 28th July 2015, the Worshipful Company of Marketors, by kind permission of the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor, celebrated its 40th anniversary year with a magnificent banquet at the Mansion House, London.
The Master, Andrew Marsden, seated with hosts the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress, began the evening by welcoming new freemen, liverymen and court assistants, who were appointed into the company earlier in the day. The Marketors were also pleased to welcome Masters from a number of other City of London livery companies.
The Master went on to speak about his theme for the year, building valuable brands, and about the importance of marketing within the City of London today. In his toast, The Master also stressed the importance of marketing education, and used this point to speak about the Harvard Business School bursaries awarded by the company to two marketing professionals, Lesley Wilson and Tom Tuke-Hastings. Both will join Harvard’s eight-week Advanced Management Programme, described as a life-altering and career-changing program, designed to accelerate personal and professional growth.
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow, in his own toast, welcomed the Worshipful Company of Marketors to Mansion House, one of the finest Georgian town palaces in London, and home to the Lord Mayor since 1752. He went on to emphasise the key role that marketing can play in improving the reputation and profile of liverymen in the City of London.
The Master was also pleased to present three cheques on the evening in support of The Lord Mayor’s chosen charitable initiatives. The Lord Mayor spoke extensively about the City Giving Day, to be held on 30th September 2015, an initiative which represents a valuable opportunity for the City of London to unite and champion the spirit of goodwill and giving within the City. Businesses will be able to publicly promote and celebrate their charitable activities and the causes they support, hold fundraisers, and make donations to the charities of their choice as well as The Lord Mayor’s Appeal beneficiary charities. For more information on City Giving Day, click here.
Other highlights of the evening included the Ceremony of the Loving Cup, a tradition dating back to the Anglo-Saxon era, and the passing of the Rose Water Dish, which dates back to Tudor times. Also, not to forget the musical entertainment provided in the form of the Post Horn Gallop which was a spectacular collaboration.
Music and entertainment was laid on by the London Banqueting Ensemble, with the Carpet Guard provided by St. Dunstan’s Combined Cadet Force.