- What we do
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As a City of London livery company as well as a national charity, we are made up of members who are connected in some way with the furnishing industry, and bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts they are keen to share. Some are still forging their careers, while others are building and running major enterprises.
The Furniture Makers’ Company is always keen to admit new members, men and women, as Freemen of the Company.
A Freeman, when invited to become a Liveryman, must be involved with the furnishing industry in the United Kingdom. In practice, because the Freedom is the route to the Livery, this applies to Freemen too. The rule is very carefully worded. It allows, for example, overseas customers or suppliers active in the UK to join the Company as well as professors and lecturers researching or teaching any aspect of the industry.
We welcome interiors journalists and PR people – anyone whose work is or was furnishing related. Freemen may participate in all the activities of the Company. Only Liverymen can vote in Common Hall, to elect the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs.
Any person can become a Freeman – to take up the Freedom of the Company – but they must be proposed by a person who has been a Liveryman for more than two years and who has known the applicant personally for at least four years.
For more information about individual membership, contact Paddy Rafferty, membership manager, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 7562 8529.