CET's vision is of a society in which people have the knowhow, skills and opportunity to succeed in work, thereby creating a thriving UK economy.

CET acts principally as a funder of innovative projects to achieve maximum impact and to enable people to put their learning to work.

We also provide a valued point of reference to facilitate the sharing of best practice in commercial education and its wide dissemination.Click here for more

We work with a range of charities and organisations, funding or co-funding projects, commissioning research, and supporting lectures relevant to commercial education.

We work with a range of charities and organisations, funding or co-funding projects, commissioning research, and supporting lectures relevant to commercial education.

The Trustees continually review the focus of CET's support to ensure that our funding is in line with current needs.  Recent projects includeClick here for more

Latest News - CET Annual Lecture Latest News - CET Annual Lecture

On Thursday 19 November 2015 CET  will hold its Second Annual Lecture when senior figures from business, education, government and the voluntary sector will hear Professor Alison Wolf, Baroness Wolf of Dulwich speak on Mathematics Education and Our Commercial Future: Should Business Relax? Or Panic?  Her lecture will focus on why we must place numeracy (and literacy) at the hear of public discourse on education if we are to prepare the next generation for the world of work and enterprise.  CET's inaugural Lecture was given by Harvey McGrath, Chairman of Big Society Capital.Click here for more

Increasing CET's impact Increasing CET's impact

The Trustees are keen to engage actively and widely with those in education, business, government, and the voluntary sector to explore ways of maximising the impact of CET's work.Click here for more

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The World Traders' Company Charitable Trust

The World Traders' Company Charitable Trust
Tacitus Lecture 2015

The Trust has been a main supporter of the Tacitus Lecture since 2006. The Lecture was inaugurated in 1988 and is now believed to be the largest event of its type in the City of London. It is held annually in the Guildhall and provides the World Traders' Company with an opportunity to demonstrate to a wider audience its concern with issues affecting world trade. This notable event has attracted important speakers of prestige and distinction in diverse fields concerned with world trade. Grants totalling more than £50,000 have been made.

The 2015 Lecture was given by Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC who spoke on the subject “Do We Need the City?”. The Lecture was followed by the Tacitus Debate when a distinguished panel debated the issues raised by the Lecture.  The Debate video can be viewed on YouTube.  

Transcripts of previous lectures may also be found at www.world-traders.org/tacitusPastLectures.php.

The Tacitus Lecture takes its name from the Roman senator Publius Cornelius Tacitus who was born in about AD 56 and may have survived the emperor Trajan who died in AD 117. His Roman education, with its elaborate series of exercises in different kinds of public speaking, turned him into an impressive and famous orator, and one of the extant works attributed to him, the "Dialogue on Orators", is a discussion of oratorial style. It was Tacitus who, in his "Life of Agricola", described "Londinium" as "a town of highest repute and a busy emporium for trade and traders". Agricola, who was the Governor of Roman Britain, was also the father-in-law of Tacitus.Click here for more

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