Cambridge House offers book-keeping services to former Charity Business clients

Chief executive Clare Gilhooly says this will help other charities affected by the closure of the outsourcing company

Clare Gilhooly
Clare Gilhooly

Cambridge House, the charity that was given data on other charities during the closure of Charity Business, has said it will offer book-keeping services to several of the outsourcing company’s other former clients.

The London poverty and social change charity was given two hard drives holding data from about 50 other charities during an attempt to reclaim its own data from the Charity Business offices and has spent several weeks trying to reunite them with that information.

Clare Gilhooly, chief executive of the charity, told Third Sector that during the process her organisation had "come to know well" a number of other organisations, which had said they might struggle to do their own accounts without a finance department.

She said her charity also acted as a landlord for other organisations with which it had a close relationship, and would offer services to those as well.

"We’re going to do our own books using our subsidiary, Enterprise at Cambridge House," she said. "We will offer that service to other charities." Enterprise at Cambridge is a previously dormant trading subsidiary established by the charity in 2008.

"Initially we plan to do it at cost, on an interim basis," said Gilhooly. "If it works out well, we might continue to do it in the long term."

Gilhooly will also meet clients of Charity Business today and tomorrow to hand back personal data held in a storage facility. Cambridge House acquired the keys to the facility at the same time that it acquired the two hard drives.

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