Current Members

Nick Bacon

Nick Bacon was the founder of the advertising and PR agency BCLO, which was acquired by Bray Leino Group in 2005. Nick was Chief Executive of Bray Leino Group until the company was sold to the Mission Marketing Group in 2006.

Nick’s community and charitable interests include the Wallscourt Foundation, the Bristol Business School Advisory Board, The Council of Bristol University, as well as being a Trustee of the Butcombe and Blagdon Youthwork Trust. He is also a Director of Bristol Together and Midlands Together, two recently formed community interest companies which employ ex-offenders to refurbish houses.

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Membership is by invitation to men and women who are prominent in the business and commercial life of the greater Bristol area, and who are prepared to give their time and skills in support of the Merchant Venturers’ objectives.

All the members meet together four times a year at what is known as Quarterly Hall, and again on Charter Day in November.

The Merchant Venturers are governed by the Master and two Wardens. They head a 15-strong Standing Committee of members who are elected annually on Charter Day, 10th November.

Day-to-day administration is carried out by the Treasurer, who is effectively the chief executive. He is advised as necessary by the Clerk, who is a lawyer.