Our history Our history

In 1890 Edward Cecil Guinness, the great-grandson of the founder of the Guinness Brewery, gave £200,000 to set up The Guinness Trust. This is the equivalent of at least £25 million in today’s money. He wanted to help improve the lives of ordinary people, many of whom couldn’t afford decent homes.

We built our first homes in the 1890s, in London. 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, stronger, charitable company, The Guinness Partnership Limited.

Today, The Guinness Partnership Limited is a national operation and works with Guinness Care and Support Limited to provide housing, care and support services to our customers.

We are proud that the original philosophy, defined by Edward Cecil Guinness all those years ago, is still relevant today: to provide good-quality homes in communities that are stable and supportive.