THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF WORLD TRADERS
World Traders are individuals committed to developing global trade in order to promote peace and prosperity. Our motto, 'commerce and honest friendship with all', was taken from Thomas Jefferson's inaugural Presidential speech. As one of the modern Livery Companies (the 101st), founded in 1985, livery 2000, Royal Charter 2014, the World Traders has almost 300 members from a wide spectrum of women and men who deal with global trade.
Innovate here, Succeed anywhere
Our theme for the year is Meeting a Challenge of a Changing World. We will therefore be looking at aspects of the way things are changing and possible responses. More broadly, the World Traders are at the forefront of innovation in services and manufacturing and use their expertise to sell into a wide range of markets, including a number of small countries. Part of what we can offer is expertise in a wide range of markets.
- World Traders regularly host foreign visitors looking to establish trading connections, not just from primary EU, China, Brazil, Russia, India or Gulf state trading partners, but also smaller countries that benefit from personal support and contacts. Individual World Traders will accompany the Lord Mayor on visits to countries where they have expertise or business interests.
- The Company supports a wide range of charities, with a particular emphasis on education and opportunities for young people, strengthening international connections, and defending or opening free trade.
- The Company’s hallmark annual event is the Tacitus lecture, begun in 1988, now one of the largest intellectual events in the City of London’s calendar. The event gives a senior individual an opportunity to raise a serious issue on world trade at a global forum, for 2015 the subject was -“Do we need the City?”.
- The Company continues to support education.
Facts & Figures
The UK, principally through London, has 23% of global financial services exports and a trade surplus in financial services of £60 billion. Financial services and business services account for 55% of UK services exports, about 20% of total UK exports.
Areas of Expertise
World traders consist largely of three groups:
- Brokers – people who trade services. Many members work within the trading sectors of the City of London, for example, ship brokers, insurance brokers, commodity brokers, mergers & acquisitions specialists, stockbrokers and currency dealers.
- International Traders – people who trade tangible goods and products including smaller or less frequently visited countries. These members are often importers and exporters, including foodstuffs, pharmaceutical products, metals and various industrial products from electronics to bridges. Advice on entry on markets, regulation on markets and development of business opportunities in a particular market.
- Financial and professional services - members who have a speciality in supporting international business. These members include lawyers, bankers, accountants, ICT experts, ambassadors, academics and consultants.
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