How Progress is funded

Progress is funded by Labour party members who support our aims and values, together with sponsorship of events at Labour party conference and advertising in our monthly magazine.

Progress’ new financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Our accounts for 2013 are available at Companies House. You can obtain our latest accounts filed with Companies House by searching for Progress Ltd on the Companies House homepage.

We have been awarded an ‘A’ rating for funding transparency by the independent Who Funds You? website.

Progress’ income

In the financial year 2013, our income was £410,800. Full accounts have submitted to Companies House.

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 2014 will be updated when the financial year has been complete and accounts 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 SERA, Movement for Change and the Christian Socialist Movement. 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 over £5,000 from 1 October 2012 and publish the amount by the entry of the donor when the money is received.

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.

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

2014

Sponsors and partners*

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

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

Childcare Vouchers Providers Association, via Westminster Advisors (£5,520)
BVCA (£6,600)
IPA (£5,400)
The Migration Matters Trust (£6,600)
National Citizen Service (£5280)
Smart Energy GB (£6,600)

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

Bellenden Public Affairs
BVCA (£7,200)
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 have 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 above £5,000:

Lord David Sainsbury (£195,000: declared to the Electoral Commission)

2013

Sponsors and partners*

* Unless otherwise stated, all sponsors listed below gave amounts below £5,000, amounts above 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 above £5,000:

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

2011-2012 (October 2011-December 2012)

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 above £5,000:

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)

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 above £5,000:

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

Donations and sponsorship policy

Individuals:
We declare all donations which exceed £5,000 on the Progress website.

We only accept donations from members of the Labour party.

Sponsorship:
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 exceeds £5,000. 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.

Progress’ directors

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

The directors of Progress Ltd are: Jennifer Gerber* (former deputy executive director of Progress and former acting executive director of the organisation); Jon Mendelson* (former treasurer of Progress); Robert Philpot (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

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