At a recent ceremony ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald was admitted as a Liveryman to The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. The Company was founded as a guild in 1951 and granted Livery status in 1963, becoming the 83rd Livery Company of the City of London and only the sixth to be formed since the reign of Queen Anne ended in 1714.
It aims to support the highest standards of design, manufacturing, marketing and retailing of every type of furniture throughout the United Kingdom. It achieves these aims through a variety of means, such as: promoting the training courses on offer, support of student financial awards and prizes, leading joint initiatives with industry-associated trade bodies, and the award of its own highly prized Guild Marks. The Marks recognise excellence in three categories; Bespoke – for the finest commissions of craftsman made furniture, Manufacturing – for the highest standards of production process in furniture manufacturing companies, and Design recently introduced for designers of manufactured furniture.
On being admitted Dids said, “I consider it an honour to have been invited to become a Liveryman and hope to contribute to the Worshipful Company’s excellent work by serving on the Guild Marks Committee which I will join in May 2011. I also hope to maximize any opportunities within the Company to continue to raise awareness about the value of intellectual property within the sector.
Membership of the Company as a Liveryman or Freeman is restricted to men and women employed or having been employed in the furniture industry. Thus individuals are able to contribute to the industry and its work outside of their employed function, and even after formal retirement.