Friends and Partnerships

SMV strives to achieve a series of ambitious and wide-reaching objectives and, in order to be successful, we recognise the importance of collaboration. We’re enormously grateful to SMV’s ‘Friends’, a group of individuals who give a great deal of their time to support our work, and to the organisations who partner with us on specific initiatives in order to deliver the most benefit to the people of Greater Bristol.

The Friends are a group of inspiring individuals who give their time, energy and enthusiasm, as well as their skills, expertise and experience, to support SMV’s activities. They share our passion to improve educational attainment and give young people the best possible start in life; they recognise the need for quality care provision for older people, particularly those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged; and they support us with our social business activity, as well as many of our other charitable activities.

If you would like to know more about how to become a Friend of SMV, please contact enquiries@merchantventurers.com

SMV has always worked in close partnership with others across the Greater Bristol area to support activities that help to create a better place to live and work for everyone, in particular those most at disadvantage. Examples of current partnerships include:

  • Together with the University of Bristol we jointly sponsor eight schools through Venturers Trust. We work with a diverse group of communities, helping to support young people to have the best possible educational experience to prepare them for life as global citizens.
  • Together with Bristol City Council we jointly manage the Downs. A partnership that was established in 1861 under an Act of Parliament, we work to protect the Downs for the enjoyment and use of the people of Bristol and beyond.
  • Together with the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, Bath Spa University, Bristol City Council, Voscur, St John’s Foundation, John Pontin Trust, and the Business West Initiative, we are founder members of Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, which seeks to drive regional change through civic-led, commercially focused and innovative investment.

In addition to our formal partnerships, SMV and its members take an active role in developing and driving forward discussions and initiatives across a whole range of activities to benefit the Greater Bristol area.