The Guinness Partnership

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Guinness Trust Buildings in Snowsfields, London Borough of Southwark

The Guinness Partnership is one of the largest providers of affordable housing and care in England.

As of 2014, the Partnership owns and manages around 60,000 homes and provides services for more than 120,000 people.[1] The Partnership employs over 3,000 staff.

The Partnership’s vision statement is, ‘To improve people’s lives by providing as many high-quality affordable homes as possible, and the housing and care services that customers most need'.[2]


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.

In 1992 the Guinness Trust Group acquired the Parchment Group, parent company of Hermitage Housing Association.[3] The combined group is now known as The Guinness Partnership. Northern Counties Housing Association joined the Partnership in 2008.[4][5]


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 operating nationwide, The Guinness Partnership Limited.

Guinness Care and Support specialises in services for over 10,000 older people and people with a learning disability, providing home care, supported living, care homes and schemes for retired people.[6]


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