Master of the Merchant Venturers on whether they are an all powerful elite club, or just charitable business people
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The Society of Merchant Venturers often gets talked about in
conspiratorial tones. Forced into the limelight by the toppling of
Colston, the Merchants have come under greater scrutiny for past and
present practices. According to the Society, they are opening up more to
the public, confronting their history and diversifying their membership.
They say that far from controlling the city they are just successful
professionals who donate time, skills and money to worthy causes. But
along with relatively low profile members, they also count some of the
city's biggest corporate big-whigs, controversial bosses, Conservative
Party donors and a leading climate change denier. Why does the Society
still exist and what are the roles it plays in the city today?
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