The Guinness Partnership

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Guinness Trust Buildings in Snowsfields, London Borough of Southwark

The Guinness Partnership is a national charitable housing association in the United Kingdom It is a registered charity[1] that was founded to provide affordable housing. It operates in 110 local authorities in England,[citation needed] and employs more than 3,000 staff.[2]

As of 2013, the group owns over 60,000 homes.[3] Its patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.[4]


The Guinness Trust was founded in 1890 by Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, great grandson of the founder of the Guinness Brewery, to help homeless people in London and Dublin. He donated £200,000 to set up the Guinness Trust – the equivalent of £15 million in today’s money.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Iveagh Trust based in Dublin took responsibility for Ireland. The Guinness Trust extended its objectives outside London in 1962, eventually operating in all parts of England. It was not related to the brewery company. The history of its first century was published by Peter Malpass in 1998.

The Parchment Housing Group was created in 1997, as the parent company of Hermitage Housing Association, Hermitage Care and Gorseway Care.[5]

In 1992 the Guinness Trust Group acquired the Parchment Group.[5] The combined group is now known as The Guinness Partnership.

Northern Counties Housing Association joined the Partnership in 2008.[6][4]

In 2012 the housing properties and operations of The Guinness Trust were combined with those of the other main housing divisions in the Group to form a single charitable company, The Guinness Partnership Limited.


The Partnership is a national operation with three Divisions: Guinness Hermitage, Guinness Northern Counties and Guinness South. With Guinness Care and Support Limited the Partnership provides housing, care and support services to customers. The group also includes a number of other trading entities.

Guinness Care and Support specialises in services for older people and people with a learning disability, providing home care, supported living, care homes and schemes for retired people.

Guinness Hermitage operates in the South and West of England. Its 350 staff provide services to over 11,500 homes through its offices in Bracknell, Havant, Marlborough, Exeter, Bristol, Plymouth and Redruth.

Guinness Northern Counties has over 26,000 homes in the north of England, employing 700 people in more than 20 regional offices, with a corporate centre in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Guinness South has 17,400 homes across London, the south and east of England. It has 230 staff in ten offices across the region.


  1. ^ The Guinness Partnership, Registered Charity no. 208076 at the Charity Commission
  2. ^ "Our staff". The Guinness Partnership. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Our homes". The Guinness Partnership. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b Northern Counties joins The Guinness Partnership, 10 Jan 2008. Northern Counties press release. Retrieved 30 April 2008[dead link]
  5. ^ a b Guinness Hermitage website, retrieved 30 April 2008
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