The Livery Academy Awards is an innovative programme designed for City livery companies to engage with state schools to help stimulate business and entrepreneurial skills among their sixth-form pupils.
The school teams are given a brief to develop a business idea and present it to an industry standard to a distinguished panel of judges and an audience of company members. The companies provide each team with mentors from the finance and marketing/advertising/creative sectors, ideally drawn from their membership.
The programme originated at the Grocers’ Company in 2013, but has now expanded to the Drapers, Merchant Taylors' and Haberdashers', culminating in an exciting Grand Final at Mansion House, hosted by the Lord Mayor. The event continues to gather momentum, with interest expressed by a number of other livery companies hoping to participate in the future.