Helping communities across Greater Bristol to thrive.

The Society of Merchant Venturers

Established under Royal Charter in 1552, the men and women of the Society of Merchant Venturers work with and support people and communities from the wider Bristol area. We do this through education, care for older people, charitable giving and social enterprise.

We’re currently educating over 4,000 children in our nine schools; together with the St Monica Trust, we support over 5,000 older people; each year we make charitable grants to around 100 local causes; as part of Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, we support social enterprise; we administer a wide range of trusts and grants; and with the City Council, we are responsible for the stewardship of the Clifton and Durdham Downs.

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