Goodbye from Real People - 31st March 2019
It is with great sadness that we have taken the decision to wind down Real People after 13 very successful years.
Ours has been a unique enterprise in being the only HR consultancy that gift aids 100 per cent of its profit to a charity, St Mungo's. Since our start up in 2006 we have helped over 300 organisations to enhance their own leadership and people management capabilities. Many of these are smaller charities and social enterprises who used our services as they could not have afforded their own in-house HR expertise. You have all been a tremendous pleasure to work with. We’ve very much enjoyed doing what we could to enable you to achieve your own organisational goals and ambitions.
It was a very hard decision to cease trading. However, as many of you are already aware, after reviewing the terms of reference for Real People, as part of a wider review of St Mungo’s strategy, direction and focus, our conclusion was that even with Real People’s achievements over the past 13 years and particularly the recognition we received from awards during 2018/19, it is time to bring our operation to a close. This decision has coincided with two of our long-serving, highly qualified and mission-driven staff leaving which made the decision a timely one.
We are very grateful for the support we have had from all of our customers, particularly those who have been loyal to us over many years. In every year of our operation, your custom has enabled us to gift aid to our host charity, St Mungo’s, thousands of pounds to add value to the work of supporting the recovery of homeless people. We are extremely proud of the quality and outcomes of St Mungo’s services for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and you have all helped us to maintain that quality.
We are also very grateful for the block funded contract funding awarded to us in the early years by the London Housing Foundation and the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government. This enabled us to support a large number of small homelessness agencies both in London and nationally.
Thank you all, and we wish you every future success for your organisations. Happy people management!
Managing Director - Real People