First three recipients of The Retiring Group’s community fund share £9,000

Stephen Hagues

The first three recipients of a Ripon company’s newly launched community fund will each receive a £3,000 donation.

Henshaw’s in Knaresborough, Open Country, and Forest School, both Harrogate based, have been awarded the grants from The Retiring Group.

Earlier this year the company – which specialises in mergers and acquisitions and works predominantly with accountancy firms, IFAs and dental practices either looking to either sell or acquire new businesses – announced it was committing one per cent of its annual turnover to assist the fundraising activities of charities and good causes.

Whist The fast-growing Retiring Group has been a member of a Yorkshire hospice’s Guild of Patrons scheme for a number of years, and also helped inspire tens of thousands of children across the north and Scotland with its ‘Dare to Dream’ free school seminars, its founder Stephen Hagues wanted to do more to help local and regional good causes.

It believes its Community Fund will offer between £20,000 and £30,000 a year for local and regional organisations to draw from.

Whilst Henshaw’s is using the grant to equip a sensory room, Forest School is purchasing professional cafe equipment to encourage self-reliance and home skills, and Open Country is buying a new tandem, plus lights for their existing fleet.

Stephen said: “Covid has had a detrimental impact on many charities, and this was the overriding reason why we decided to launch The Retiring Group Community Fund.

“On launching the fund, we received a large number of applications and our staff-led charity committee whittled them down to three. It was a very difficult task, as each was worthy of our support.

“Henshaw’s, Open County, and Forest School are the first recipients of our fund, and each will receive £3,000.

“We are in a fortunate position to be able to launch our Community Fund, and I’m delighted it is now helping support these three organisations.”

Stephen added: “We are now seeking applicants for the second round of our grant giving. We are particularly keen to hear from organisations that help children from less-affluent backgrounds, and details of how to apply can be found on our website.”

Based at Ripon’s Highfield Business Park, The Retiring Group initially worked exclusively in the financial sector, but last year diversified into the world of dentistry. From two employees, it now has a team of 16.

Further information about The Retiring Group’s Community Fund can be found at

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