A third of largest charities 'are interested in merger'

Richard Litchfield of merger specialist Eastside Consulting wrote to the top 100 charities asking if they wanted advice, and 30 expressed interest

Richard Litchfield
Richard Litchfield

About a third of the UK's largest 100 charities are interested in merging with other organisations, according to a specialist charity merger consultancy.

Richard Litchfield, managing director of Eastside Consulting, told Third Sector his organisation had recently launched a new service called Partner Up, which is intended to help charities find the right merger partner.

He said he had written to the country’s 100 biggest charities to ask them whether they were considering mergers and if they wanted any help in finding partners.

"Of those, 30 wrote back and said they were interested," he said. "We’ve already held meetings with five. There’s clearly a high appetite for merger among the country’s largest organisations."

Litchfield said some charities were interested in "hoovering up" smaller organisations that were carrying out valuable work but struggling in the current climate, while others were interested in merging in order to grow.

"Many of these organisations thought they would need to get larger to meet contracting requirements," he said. "They wanted scale and the ability to provide the widest possible range of services.

"Others felt that size would give them more influence."

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