The Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants received its Royal Charter yesterday in a ceremony at the Skinners Hall in the City of London.
The Charter was presented by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, who met attendees and spoke at the celebration lunch.
Hi Highness trained as an architect and told the audience of his trips to local builders merchants when he was younger. “There was always a queue at the builders merchant and there was always a man in a brown coat,” he said.
“This man always had a pencil behind his ear and he worked out how much you owed him for your pound of nails or whatever. Woe betide you if you questioned his calculations.”
The Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants, Graeme Ballinger told the attendees a little of the history of the Company, which was set up in the 1950s by a number of builders merchants supply building materials into the City of London.
“After a while the rules were relaxed to allow merchants who did 10% of their trade elsewhere and, eventually, to allow suppliers to join as well.”
Ballinger thanked His Royal Highness for his attendance and for presenting the Charter, adding that, in this Olympic year, for the Company, this was “our own gold medal”.