The Advances Brought to the British National Party by the Midas Consultancy
The British National Party now has at its disposal five fully equipped, staffed and paid-for offices which include a distribution centre, a call centre and an accounts office – compared to nothing two years ago and it is all due to the fundraising ability brought to the party by the Midas Consultancy, deputy leader Simon Darby has said.
Writing in the latest internal party bulletin, Mr Darby said that two years ago, the party had no offices, no official landline number, a handful of computers, scattered and untrained home-based staff, was financially struggling and very often unable to even pay wages on occasion.
Today, Mr Darby wrote, the party has “a substantial and stable fundraising income, rapidly growing membership, and in the last 11 months we have fought two of the largest national election campaigns in the party's history, and remain relatively debt free.
“How has the BNP achieved this? We have, through the Midas consultancy, raised millions of pounds, revamped our training programme, design department, media/communications department, administration, staff organisation, events management, IT department and reduced our costs by hundreds of thousands by using their procurement techniques,” Mr Darby wrote.
“The Labour Party has Barrack Obama's consultants 'Blue State Digital' - we have a pool of home-grown British talent who have certainly given Blue State Digital a run for their money. Well done to the hard working team at Midas.”
The bulletin also contains an overview of the contributions which the Midas Consultancy has brought to the BNP since 2007.
“It is normal practise for mainstream political parties to draw upon the expertise and skills of industry professionals in order to help and advance their cause,” the document reads.
“In late 2007 the BNP contracted the Midas Consultancy, an international practise headed by senior consultant Jim Dowson, to run our fundraising and administration operations. Here we provide a stock-take and a round-up of the Midas involvement with the BNP since 2007.
The primary involvement of the Midas Consultancy is to provide professional fundraising. Below we simply give the yearly figures raised by the Midas Consultancy on behalf of the Party. These figures speak for themselves:
2007 = £100,000 (December only)
2008 = £662,217
2009 = £1,608,321
As can be seen from the figures above, thanks to the expertise and efforts mainly of the Midas Consultancy, we have jumped from a donations income of approx £100,000 per year to a staggering £1.6 million in just over two years. For this service, our consultants have cost the party in professional fees:
Consultant fees etc. since 2007 = £165,000
Midas have raised £2,362,000 million
Leaving the BNP with £2,197,000 million
Midas is in reality cost negative
Although specialist consultants have cost the Party in fees etc £165,000 over two years in return for a fundraising income in excess of £1.5 million, the good news is that the Midas involvement with the BNP doesn’t actually cost us anything.
Thanks to a large range of cost cutting exercises, the Midas involvement with the BNP is actually cost negative. Here are just some of the Midas cost-cutting achievements:
Print costs (leaflets, magazines etc): £93,000
Reducing outgoings and expenses: £63,000
Total savings: £156,000