Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

How Progress is funded

Progress is funded by Labour party members, supporters and those who are not a member of another political party who support our aims and values, together with sponsorship of events, collaborations and advertising in our monthly magazine.

Progress’ values and the kind of society we seek to create are all found in Clause IV of the Labour party rule book:

The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few, where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe, and where we live together, freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect.

Progress’ new financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Our accounts for 2016 are available at Companies House. You can obtain our latest accounts filed with Companies House.

We have been awarded– every year since its creation –  an ‘A’ rating for funding transparency by the independent Who Funds You? website.

Progress’ income

In the financial year 2017, our turnover was £494,533. ‘Accounts for a small company’ are available on Companies House, however, ‘full accounts’ have been submitted and will be published shortly.

This pays for our monthly magazine and website; events such as Progress annual conference, Progress political weekend, our presence at Labour party conference, and our extensive Westminster and regional events programme; and our staff and office costs.

The amount for 2017 will be updated when the accounts have been signed off by the directors and are submitted to Companies House.

Progress and the Electoral Commission

Since its passage, we have complied fully with the terms of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, under which we are classed as a ‘members association’. This is defined by the Electoral Commission as: ‘An organisation that is not a political party but is wholly, or mainly, made up of the members of a political party. Members associations belong to a category of regulated organisations and individuals known as “regulated donees”.’

Other regulated donees you may be familiar with include the Christian Socialist Movement (now Christians on the Left), the Fabian Society, Movement for Change and SERA. You can read more about members associations here.

As a members association we were previously required by the Electoral Commission to declare all donations above £5,000. This was raised by them for all members associations to £7,500 in 2010. In line with Who Funds You? recommendations, Progress will voluntarily declare amounts of £5,000 or over from 1 October 2012 and publish the amount by the entry of the donor when the money is received.

You can see Progress’ entry at the Electoral Commission here by entering ‘Progress Ltd’ into the basic search.

Following the passing of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, Progress registered with the Electoral Commission as a third-party campaigner for the 2017 election, and before that the 2015 election. Having not exceeded the thresholds in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for the UK general election 2015, a ‘nil’ return to the commission was submitted.

Under the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) as amended by the European Union Referendum Act 2015, Progress registered with the Electoral Commission as a third-party campaigner working towards a ‘Remain’ a member of the European Union outcome.

2018

Sponsors and partners*

* Unless otherwise stated, all sponsors listed below gave amounts below £5,000; amounts above this amount follow the sponsor’s name. Amounts less than £5,000 are marked with a # and described below because more than £5,000 was received from the same organisation within the same calendar year.

In 2018, we are working with the following sponsors on events at Labour party conference:

Advertising Association
Asprey Homes
Back Heathrow
Community Union
Emoov
European Pubs Ltd
TDR Policy / Counter Extremism Project
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (£5,400)

In 2018, we have worked with the following sponsor outside of Labour party conference:

ACCA
BVCA (£7,200)
Community Union
DWF LLP
Edelman
Hume Brophy
Labour Campaign for the Single Market
Newgate Communications
DRD Partnership

Donors

In 2018 we have received the following donations of £5,000 or more:

Tony Blair (£10,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Jeremy Breaks (£8,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Martin Clarke (£10,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Lord Charlie Falconer (£5,000)
Lord Peter Goldsmith (£5,000)
Lord Simon Haskel (£5,000)
Lord Roger Liddle (£8,750: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Lord Peter Mandelson (£10,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Red Capital Ltd (£5,000)
Stephen Peel (£10,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)


2017

In the financial year 2017, our turnover was £494,533. ‘Accounts for a small company’ are available on Companies House, however, ‘full accounts’ have been submitted and will be published shortly.

Sponsors and partners*

* Unless otherwise stated, all sponsors listed below gave amounts below £5,000; amounts above this amount follow the sponsor’s name. Amounts less than £5,000 are marked with a # and described below because more than £5,000 was received from the same organisation within the same calendar year.

In 2017, we are working with the following sponsors on events at Labour party conference:

ACCA (£10,800: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Advertising Association
Cicero
EEF
FSB
IPSE (£6,600)
London City Airport (£6,600)
National Citizen Service (£6,600)
Solicitors Regulation Authority

In 2017, we have worked with the following sponsor outside of Labour party conference:

BVCA (£7,200)
ICAEW
Maitland

In 2017, we worked with the following partners on events at Labour party conference:

CRSE
Labour in the City

Donors

In 2017 we have received the following donations of £5,000 or more:

Lord David Sainsbury (£260,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Lord Peter Mandelson (£5,500)


2016

The year’s turnover was £487,574 and the full accounts are filled with Companies House.

Sponsors and partners*

* Unless otherwise stated, all sponsors listed below gave amounts below £5,000; amounts above this amount follow the sponsor’s name. Amounts less than £5,000 are marked with a # and described below because more than £5,000 was received from the same organisation within the same calendar year.

In 2016, we are working with the following sponsors on events at Labour party conference:

ACCA (£5,400)
BVCA (£6,600: declared to the Electoral Commission)
EEF (£6,000)
IPA (£5,400)
IPSE (£6,600)
National Citizen Service (£6,600)
PSNC (£5,400)
Solicitors Regulation Authority (£5,520)

In 2016, we have worked with the following sponsor outside of Labour party conference:

BVCA (£7200: declared to the Electoral Commission)
ICAEW

Labour movement for Europe
Maitland Political
O2
PLMR

Portland
U + I

Donors

In 2016 we have received the following donations of £5,000 or more:

Lord David Sainsbury (£260,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Lord Matthew Oakeshott (£29,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Lord Peter Mandelson (£5,500)


2015

The year’s turnover was £426,408 and the full accounts are filled with Companies House.

Sponsors and partners*

* Unless otherwise stated, all sponsors listed below gave amounts below £5,000; amounts above this amount follow the sponsor’s name. Amounts less than £5,000 are marked with a # and described below because more than £5,000 was received from the same organisation within the same calendar year.

In 2015, we are working with the following sponsors on events at Labour party conference:

ABI (£3,600#)
Alzheimer’s Society (£6,600)
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (£6,600)
BVCA (£6,600)
Hitachi Rail Europe (£5,520)
IPA
IPSE (£6,600)
National Citizen Service (£6,600)
Open University (£5,520)
TalkTalk Group (£6,600)

In 2015, we have worked with the following sponsor outside of Labour party conference:

ABI (£2,400#)
Your Heathrow

In 2015, we worked with the following partners outside of Labour party conference:

LGA Labour group

Donors

In 2015 we have received the following donations of £5,000 or more:

Lord David Sainsbury (£260,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Lord Peter Mandelson (£6,850: kindly provided to support efforts in the UK general election)


2014

Who Funds You awarded Progress an A-rating for the financial year 2014. The year’s turnover was £429,886 and the full accounts are filled with Companies House.

Sponsors and partners*

* Unless otherwise stated, all sponsors listed below gave amounts below £5,000; amounts above this amount follow the sponsor’s name.

In 2014, we worked with the following sponsors on events at Labour party conference:

Childcare Vouchers Providers Association, via Westminster Advisors (£5,520)
BVCA (£6,600: declared to the Electoral Commission)
IPA (£5,400)
The Migration Matters Trust (£6,600)
National Citizen Service (£5,280)
Smart Energy GB (£6,600)

In 2014, we worked with the following sponsors outside of Labour party conference:

Bellenden Public Affairs
BVCA (£7,200: declared to the Electoral Commission)
City of London Corporation
Guildford Labour party
Heathrow Hub, via Maitland Political
Lexington Communications
Santander
The Advertising Association

In 2014, we worked with the following partners at Labour party conference:

4Children

In 2014, we worked with the following partners outside of Labour party conference:

Christians on the Left
Community Union
Labour friends of Finance and Industry
Labour friends of surestart
Labour Movement for Europe
Labour Uncut
LGBT Labour
SERA
Southern Front
The Fabian Society
Usdaw

Donors

In 2014, we received the following donations of £5,000 or more:

Lord David Sainsbury (£260,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Peter Mandelson (£5,500)


2013

Who Funds You awarded Progress an A-rating for the financial year 2013. The year’s turnover was £410,800 and the full accounts are filled with Companies House.

Sponsors and partners*

* Unless otherwise stated, all sponsors listed below gave amounts below £5,000; amounts above this amount follow the sponsor’s name.

In 2013, we worked with the following sponsors at Labour party conference:

Advertising Association (£5,400)
Childcare Vouchers Providers Association, via Westminster Advisors (£5,400)
Community Union
BVCA (£4800: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Howard League for Penal Reform
Institute for Government
IPA
LGA Labour group
Hitachi Rail Europe, via Maitland
Shawbrook Bank, via Stand Agency (£6,480)

In 2013, we worked with the following sponsors outside of Labour party conference:

BVCA (£7,200: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Association of British Insurers

In 2013, we worked with the following partners at Labour party conference:

4Children

In 2013, we worked with the following partners outside of Labour party conference:

Chinese for Labour
Edelman
Labour Jewish Movement
LabourList
Labour party Irish society
Labour Students
Left Foot Forward
Lexington Communications

Donors

In 2013, we received the following donations of £5,000 or more:

Lord David Sainsbury (£260,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Peter Mandelson (£5,500)
RLM Finsbury (£6,500)

In May 2013, Progress and Movement for Change reported to the Electoral Commission that, for a period between December 2011 and April 2013 during which we had been receiving donations from Lord Sainsbury, who had not been on the electoral register. A fine was paid for this error. Read the statement here.


2011-2012 (October 2011-December 2012)

Who Funds You awarded Progress an A-rating for the financial year 2011-12. The 15-month financial year turnover was £489,654 and the full accounts are filled with Companies HouseIt should be noted this was a 15 month trading year.

Sponsors and partners*

* Unless otherwise stated, all sponsors listed below gave amounts below £7,500.  Amounts received above £5,000 since 1 October 2012 follow the sponsor’s name.

In 2011-2012, we worked with the following sponsors at Labour party conference:

British Future
BVCA (£6,480: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Facebook (£5,400)
Institute for Government
IPA
PwC (£5,184)
Supporters Direct
The Open University
Unions21

In 2011-2012, we worked with the following sponsors outside of Labour party conference:

BVCA (£7350: declared to the Electoral Commission)
Community Union
Guildford Labour party
Reading Labour party

In 2011-2012, we worked with the following partners outside of Labour party conference:

Edelman
LabourList
Left Foot Forward
Southern Front
Total Politics

Donors

In 2011-2012, we received the following donations of £5,000 or more:

Lord David Sainsbury (£325,000declared to the Electoral Commission | this reflect five quarters in the 2011-2012 financial year)
Sovereign Strategy (£12,000)


2010-2011 (October 2010-September 2011)

Who Funds You awarded Progress an A-rating for the financial year 2010-11. The financial year’s turnover was £368,598 and the accounts for a small company are filled with Companies House.

Sponsors and partners*

* All sponsors listed below gave amounts below £7,500.

In 2010-2011, we worked with the following sponsors at Labour party conference:

Brighton and Hove Labour
City&Guilds
Electoral Reform Society
Hackney Labour group
Institute for Government (Candidate selection project)
IPA
Labour Friends of Israel
Local Government Association Labour group
PwC
Reading Labour
Sussex Cooperative party
The European Azerbaijan Society
The Open University
unionlearn
Unions21

In 2010-2011, we worked with the following sponsors outside of Labour party conference:

Bell Pottinger
Community Union
The Cooperative Group

In 2010-2011, we worked with the following partners at Labour party conference:

Compass
Fabian Society
IPPR

In 2010-2011, we worked with the following partners outside of Labour party conference:

LabourList
Left Foot Forward
Total Politics

Donors

In 2010-2011, we received the following donations of £5,000 or more:

Lord David Sainsbury (£260,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)


 

Progress’ directors

Progress Ltd is a company incorporated in England and Wales. Company number 3109611.

The directors of Progress Ltd are: Richard Angell (executive director of Progress), Jennifer Gerber* (former deputy executive director of Progress and former acting executive director of the organisation); Jon Mendelsohn* (former treasurer of Progress); Robert Philpot* (former executive director of Progress); and Stephen Twigg MP* (former chair of Progress and current honorary president). *unpaid

The company’s registered address is: Westbury, 145-157 St John Street, London, EC1V 4PY


Donations and sponsorship policy

Progress is funded by membership income, donations, sponsorship and partnerships.

The purpose of donations

Donations – by individuals or organisations – are given by those who share Progress aims and support its work programme, decided by the Progress strategy board. Progress is committed to the Labour party and the election of Labour governments so will only accept money from Labour members, supporters and those who are not a member of another political party. Progress’ values and the kind of society we seek to create are all found in Clause IV of the Labour party rule book:

The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few, where the rights we enjoy reflect the duties we owe, and where we live together, freely, in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect.

A gift or donation is the receipt of a voluntary transfer made with philanthropic intent for the benefit of Progress to help us pursue this ambition. After receipt, Progress must own the donation in full and any work, project or intellectual property that results. The donor may not retain any explicit or implicit control over a gift after acceptance by Progress and there must be no contractual conditions attached to the donation.

Donations and other fundraising income offered to Progress may be unrestricted (for the general use of the organisation) or restricted for a specific purpose. Restriction to a specific approved Progress programme or work stream is perfectly acceptable but greater degrees of restriction will be subject to approval by the Board of Directors before being accepted.

The legal and regulatory framework

Donations are regulated by the Political Parties and Elections and Referendums Acts 2000. Amounts of £500 or more are checked to ensure they are permissible. Amounts of more than £7,500 are declared to Electoral Commission and the donor’s name will be published on the Electoral Commission’s website, although the donor’s home address will not be made public.

Progress voluntarily meets that stands of Who Funds You, the funding transparency organisation. Amounts of £5,000 or more are therefore published on the Progress website in line with their guidelines.

Donations are not tax-deductible, and the donor must only use their own funds to make their donations.

Individual donors

We accept donations from individuals on the UK electoral register (excluding the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) that are Labour members, supporters and those who are not a member of another political party.

Other donors

Under the Political Parties and Elections and Referendums Acts 2000 we can only receive funds from:

  • A UK registered company which is incorporated within the European Union (EU) and carries on business in the UK
  • A GB registered political party, trade union, building society or friendly society
  • A UK registered limited liability partnership that carries on business in the UK
  • A UK based unincorporated association that carries on business or other activities in the UK
  • Certain types of trust.

Sponsorship Policy

We believe in an open and transparent relationship with our sponsors. We retain control of all sponsored output – including the title of events or publications – and event sponsors agree to our inviting speakers with a diverse range of viewpoints. Funding agreements are never made on the basis of guaranteeing the attendance of a particular speaker or advancing a particular viewpoint.

We declare all sponsors on the Progress website and the amount of sponsorship received where this equals or exceeds £5,000, and with the Electoral Commission where the amount received exceeds £7,500. In addition to the listings below, the sponsor of each debate or publication is clearly displayed on the materials accompanying the event or on the publication, and on the relevant webpage.

Compliance

It is the role of the director – accountable to Progress board of directors – to ensure the organisation is compliant with this policy, the PPERA and Who Funds You.

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