THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
Influence Government policy in the scientific instrumentation sector through lobbying and consultation on regualtory policy.
Keep up to date through close links with professional bodies and societies.
Support the future of the industry through educational scholarships, bursaries, grants and apprenticeships.
Broaden personal and business networks within the sector.
Help maintain the traditions of the Company and the CIty of London.
Enjoy the social calendar of the Livery, in particular the formal dinners, outing and technical visits.
Make new friends from the various parts of the industry and share experiences.
Freemen are admitted by three traditional routes:
Patrimony: any child, male or female, born to a Freeman of the Livery, is entitled on reaching the age of 21 to be admitted to the Freedom of the Company and become eligible to claim admission to the Freedom of the City of London.
(i) on successful completion of apprenticeship to a Liveryman;
(ii) on successful completion of a SIM scholarship in higher education, the sponsored scholar may be admitted to Freedom of the Company, initially as a Scholar Freeman.
Redemption: on payment of an admission fee by people with an adequate knowledge and experience of scientific instruments but who are not sufficiently senior to become a Liveryman; or are eligible but are awaiting a vacancy in the Livery.
Freemen are expected to progress to become Liverymen as soon as they are eligible and if there is a vacancy.