Book now for the Salters’ Charitable Foundation Golf Day, 30 May 2024 at Worplesdon Golf club and have a great time while making a difference!

Bookings are now open for the Salters’ Charitable Foundation Golf Day, taking place on Thursday 30 May 2024 at the picturesque Worplesdon Golf Course for a day of friendly competition, camaraderie, and fantastic golfing.

Earning a Masters degree can give you a significant edge in the job market. Unfortunately, this path is often out of reach for talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds due to the high cost.

The upcoming golf day is all about changing that! All the money raised will directly support the Salters’ Fellowship Endowment Fund. This fund helps gifted chemistry students from disadvantaged families pursue a one-year Masters’ programme. This degree can boost their employability and open doors to exciting careers in the field.

By participating in the golf day, you will be helping remove financial obstacles for these talented young people and opening doors to life-changing opportunities.

In return, we can promise you an exciting day filled with delicious food, amazing prizes and of course…a  fantastic 18-hole round of golf!

To confirm and book your attendance, contact: Anna-Maria Mullen at

Members can book directly through the members’ site by clicking this link here:



Join in the Roundtable and shape the Conversation: Monday 22 April 2024 Building a Thriving Chemistry Industry Roundtable: Bridging the Talent Gap for the Future

Building a Thriving Chemistry Industry Roundtable: Bridging the Talent Gap for the Future

On Monday  22 April 2024, The Worshipful Company of Salters, in collaboration with Cogent Skills, are hosting an  important roundtable discussion that aims to tackle the critical issue of talent shortage in the chemical science industry.

Join us and be part of this round table discussion on Monday 22 April 2024, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at Salters Hall, London Wall, London EC2Y 5DE followed by a sandwich lunch.

The roundtable aims to understand:

At this event, attendees will:

By the end of the session, attendees will have a better understanding of the available skills programs across the sector. They will also develop practical recommendations to enhance their own talent pipelines.

It is free to register and attend the event. To register, please click on this link: Reserve your place

We hope to see you there.


Fellow Liverymen

The Lady Mayoress and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and our very best wishes for 2024.
My mayoral theme in office, Connect to Prosper, is about celebrating the many ‘Knowledge Miles’ of our Square Mile and reviving our proud coffee house tradition, thereby promoting the City as the world’s ‘coffee house’ – a place where people come together, from across the globe, to find solutions. I am looking forward to connecting with as many of you as possible during my year in office, celebrating the vital work of our livery companies in providing commercial, social and civic connections.

I would like to thank all livery companies that participated in events in the weekend of the Lord Mayor’s Show. Viewing figures reached two million, making the Show the most watched programme between 9am-5pm across all channels on the day, and over a quarter of a million lined the City’s streets and took part. To reflect my Mayoral theme, and to underline the importance of the City’s international connections, I was proud that eight international cities participated in this year’s procession: Shenzhen, Zhejiang, Hong Kong, Kyiv, Mongolia, Genoa, Zurich, and Lagos. The Show demonstrated the City of London and the Livery at their very best and Lady Mayoress and I thank you for your support, kindness and guidance in contributing to a truly magical Show weekend.

Our City is the world’s oldest democratic workers’ and residents’ cooperative and our livery companies are uniquely placed to make connections that make the City the special place it is. In this vein, I am sponsoring the 695th Lord Mayor’s Knowledge Miles Lecture Series, an online webinar series that explores the connections of the Square Mile and its role in addressing diverse global challenges. I am proud many livery companies have already agreed to sponsor different lectures on a range of topics.

The series kicked off with a lecture on the rule of law and will be exploring a range of subjects across 2024, from quantum computing to financial literacy and undersea cultural heritage to fusion. The lecture series is a wonderful opportunity to connect the Livery, academics, businesses, charities and think tanks with each other, as well as with the wider public. Full information on the series can be found here. I hope many of you will be able to watch online, or even take part.

We are also holding 20 ‘coffee colloquies’ in Mansion House over the course of the year on a variety of different global challenges, such as water and sanitation, gender equality and quality education. Each colloquy will allow up to 10 expert presentations on the topic, before a Q&A and networking. We held our inaugural coffee colloquy on the 5th December on the challenge of space debris. I am keen for as many liverymen as possible to attend and take part, especially where they have a subject specialism. Full information on the coffee colloquies, as well as the dates set in 2024, can be found at this link.

I am also hosting my own series of six virtual coffee mornings with all Livery Masters and Prime Wardens in January. These are forums for Masters, Prime Wardens and the Upper Bailiff to inform me of their plans for 2024, as well as to discuss livery progress on diversity, youth engagement and wider links with the City of London Corporation. These coffee mornings have previously worked very successfully in providing a direct link between our Livery Masters, Prime Wardens and the Corporation and I look forward to keeping the channels of communication open throughout my term in office.

During my visits to Dubai and New York earlier this month, I hosted my first Livery overseas drop-in sessions – ‘Livery-Coffee-Connect-Teas’. Essentially, this is time set aside in the diary during a mayoral overseas visit for any liverymen to come and meet me if they happen to be in the country at that time. It was great to catch up with liverymen in Dubai and New York and it is something I will be repeating during some of my overseas visits in 2024. I will be posting details of the drop-in sessions on my LinkedIn page.

For any liverymen already on LinkedIn, I would encourage you to join the City of London Livery Community LinkedIn group. It is a growing and active group of nearly 1,000 members and a great way for liverymen to reinforce their business links and to inform each other of latest initiatives and events.

Finally, I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Alderman Nicholas Lyons, and the late Lady Mayoress, Felicity Lyons, who served the City with distinction in a truly historic year.
I know Nicholas was honoured to represent the entire City of London at His Majesty the King’s Coronation on 6th May 2023 and, in turn, welcome His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen to Mansion House in October for a historic Banquet to mark the Coronation and celebrate the centuries-old friendship between the City and the Crown. I am delighted so many of the livery companies who contributed to the Coronation were able to attend the Banquet.

The late Lord Mayor’s theme, ‘Financing Our Future’, has certainly been a great success. I pay tribute to his work convening 11 of the UK’s biggest pension funds to sign the Mansion House Compact, as well as his work on pension reform and the ‘Mansion House Reforms’, which the City Corporation will continue to work on. I wish him and Felicity a peaceful Christmas and look forward to welcoming him back to the City at Easter after a well-deserved break.

It has been honour and a privilege to serve you, the Livery, and the wider City of London, and I am excited by what the New Year holds. I look forward to seeing many more of you in 2024, connecting both in the City and internationally. Elisabeth and I send you our warmest wishes to you, and your families, for a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, New Year.

Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor

The Salters’ Company has won Bronze in The Flowers in the City campaign, run by The Worshipful Company of Gardeners.  This campaign is perhaps the most visible demonstration of the Company’s charitable activities within the City of London. A street scene enhanced by colourful planting does much to contribute to the City’s international reputation as an enjoyable place to work. Firms which participate also comment on the uplifting impact an attractive workplace has on their staff.

Flowers in the City still blooming: The Worshipful Company of Gardeners’ Assistant, Helen Knight, explains how the bi-annual flower campaign works and how it continues to make a difference in the City of London:

‘The original idea was sown by the Company’s Court in 1948, when London was still pockmarked with many blitzed and forlorn sites.

Something was needed to brighten the City and after discussions with the London Gardens Society, a Competition for the Best Window Box or Balcony Display was launched in 1949.

During the 1950s, the award scheme went from strength to strength. For the Festival of Britain in 1951, the Lord Mayor wrote a letter to support an appeal by the Master. This was sent to hundreds of City firms, asking them to install window boxes. The call received an enthusiastic response, with nearly 2,000 window boxes lining the Festival opening route to St Paul’s Cathedral.

For HM The Queen’s Coronation in 1953, many City firms again answered the call and window boxes became the fashion. During the 1960s, the award scheme was reviewed and re-named Window Box Awards. The emphasis shifted away from horticultural excellence towards the “decorative contribution to the beauty and gaiety of the City”. An association with the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association was formed and the strapline Flowers in the City was adopted. The City Corporation also gave its support.

In 1985, the scheme reverted to being run solely by the Company with the support of the Lord Mayor and the Corporation of the City of London. Many new trophies have been added over the years. These have included an Atrium trophy in the 1980s, the Best Floral Street in the City in 1992, an Indoor Display Award in 2003 and a Livery Hall Trophy in 2008. The newest award is the Skyline Trophy to recognize the trend in roof gardens and green walls.

Following a major review in 1997, it was decided to divide the awards into Summer and Winter Campaigns. The judges, all members of The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, visit their areas at least twice in each period and provide recommendations for trophies and plaques. Final judging for those put forward for trophies is conducted by the Master, Chairman, Secretary and the Head of Judges. Plaques are given to reward and encourage effort. They are produced in different colours for each season and are displayed on window boxes and buildings throughout the City.

The Summer Campaign has three overall categories. The first is for displays of window boxes, hanging baskets, tubs, troughs and pots. The second is for garden displays and the third is a number of general awards, including the Master’s Special Award, given at the Master’s discretion. In total there are 15 trophies awarded. The awards ceremony takes place in the Mansion House and is attended by the prizewinners, judges and all the members of the Flowers in the City committee.

The Winter Campaign is specifically aimed at brightening the City in the dull dark days of midwinter. There are four trophies awarded for the best displays in the City and one for the best of the best. The awards ceremony is held at Cutlers’ Hall.’

Huge congratulations and thank you to the Salters’ gardener, Freddie Wright, for winning the award for us.

A group of Young Salters and friends set off to complete a half marathon and a full marathon in aid of Young Lives vs Cancer on 29th October.

It was a long day of walking, completing the marathon distance in just under eight hours, but the donations flooding their Just Giving page kept them going all the way around the London route, taking in the sights as they went!

In total, with an extremely generous matched funding of £7,500 from the Salters’ Company, they have raised just over £19,100, excluding Gift Aid – an incredible amount of money that will go a long way to help young people and their families fight cancer.

If you’d like to add to their total, then please follow the link below to donate.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all those who took part:  Antonia Wordie, Emily Maccabe, Lydia Tanti Burlo, William Wordie, Hannah Wordie, Tom Wordie, Huw Cookson, Andy Mackereth, Natalie Holt , Matt Arrowsmith, Polly Hughes, Tilly Wordie, Millie Vacher, Oli Stebbing, Morgan Rose and Olivia Walker.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be celebrating all things Salters and sharing them with you – both from time past and time present.  We hope you enjoy this and gain more of an understanding of what we do and the impact it has.

The Salters’ Institute is hosting an exciting new series of online lunchtime lectures. They aim to bring chemistry, and how we interact with it, to life in ways you have never imagined. Chemistry can be found everywhere, from the skincare we use, to the jewellery we wear, to modern medicine. These lectures aim to explore the hidden chemistry in our everyday lives.

Do you want to learn about the role chemistry plays in medicine?

Join us online on Thursday 14 July for our final lecture of this series with Physical chemist, Prof Sir David Klenerman. David, who received his BA and PhD degree from Cambridge University will be joining us to discuss his work on the leading next generation sequencing methodology, Solexa sequencing. Diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s can be detected using this method and help us gain an understanding on how these toxic aggregates form.

The lecture will run from 12:30 – 1:30 PM on Zoom, with an opportunity for the audience to take part in a live Q&A. Tickets are £5 plus a £1 booking fee.

You can find out more information about David’s lecture and buy tickets here.




Available from April! 

The garden at Salters’ Hall is a beautiful space for your upcoming spring and summer events. Perfect for parties, receptions, corporate functions and meetings, or celebrations for up to 300 guests.

To celebrate the garden opening for 2022, all bookings made between Monday 21 March and Friday 15 April will receive a free glass of fizz for all guests at your garden event.

With the temperamental British weather as it is, a full wet weather back up option is available.

Please quote GARDEN22 when contacting for us for further information.


Congratulations to the Salters’ Education/Institute Team, for having the Chemistry Club resources selected as a finalist in the Free Education Resources category of the Education Resources Awards 2022, the link to which is below. The results will be announced on 6 May.



Salters’ Garden played runway this week to Chinese fashion label, Pronounce, during London Fashion week, as lots of very tall models graced the scene.

Salters’ Charitable Foundation Golf Day – 30 May 2024

Book now for the Salters’ Charitable Foundation Golf Day, 30 May 2024 at Worplesdon Golf club and have a great […]