The Society of Merchant Venturers

Established under Royal Charter in 1552, the Society of Merchant Venturers comprises prominent and talented men and women prepared to give their time and skills to contribute to the prosperity and well being of the greater Bristol area and to help enhance the quality of life for all. Today, the Society of Merchant Venturers invests heavily in young people, education, enterprise and entrepreneurship and caring for the elderly. Through their associated entities, they currently provide care and accommodation to over 1,000 older people and help educate over 3,500 young people in the city. They also play an active role in many of Bristol’s charities, administer a wide range of trusts and grants and with the City Council are responsible for the stewardship of the Clifton and Durdham Downs.



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The Venturers’ Trust is an umbrella trust set up to provide further opportunities for our schools and other prospective schools & pupils in the greater Bristol area.

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The Society of Merchant Venturers
Merchants' Hall,
The Promenade, Clifton,
Bristol BS8 3NH

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Cullum McAlpine has been announced as the new Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers (SMV) – one of the region’s leading philanthropic organisations.  Having...
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