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Previous contract awards and payments

Payments to suppliers over £25,000

Supplier payments from 2018-19

Supplier nameTotal (£)Category
AuraQ Limited 35,190.00 Party finance and regulation online system development services from 29 May 2018 to 22 June 2018
Trowers & Hamlins LLP 63,576.37 London office services charges for 1 August 2018 to 31 October 2018 
Trowers & Hamlins LLP 147,592.20 London office rent for 24 June 2018 to 28 September 2018
AuraQ Limited 44,880.00 Party finance and regulation online system development services from 23 April 2018 to 25 May 2018
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 96,057.55 Digital advertising for April 2018
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 67,239.54 Digital advertising for April 2018
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 89,146.28 Digital advertising for April 2018
GfK UK Ltd 37,528.80 Payment for qualitative research about regulation and digital campaigning
Trowers & Hamlins LLP 52,902.12 London office service charges for 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 137,600.99 Out of home advertising for March 2018 
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 60,590.11 Digital advertising for March 2018
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 25,999.45 Digital advertising for March 2018
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 43,960.22 Digital advertising for March 2018
Advanced Business Solutions 40,792.06 Annual support and maintenance for Progress Enterprise licenses from April 2018 to April 2019
GfK UK Ltd 35,000.00 Payment for qualitative research about regulation and digital campaigning
London Borough of Islington 271,890.00 London office business rates supplement for April 2018 to March 2019
Trowers & Hamlins LLP 147,592.20 London office rent for 25 March 2018 to 23 June 2018

Supplier payments from 2017-18

Supplier nameTotal (£)Category
ASG & Partners 88,637.97 Media for UK general election 2017 campaign including radio, outdoor, social media and press
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 29,768.12 Digital advertising for Great Britain
ICM Research Ltd 39,960.00 Research for UK general election 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 237,728.77 Media for UK general election 2017 campaign for May 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 58,764.50 Media for Scottish council elections campaign for April 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 73,036.62 Media for Scottish council elections campaign for March 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 44,236.50 Media for Scottish council elections campaign for March 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 55,114.05 Media for Scottish council elections campaign for April 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 52,681.97 Media for Scottish council elections campaign for April 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 179,755.22 Media for UK general election 2017 campaign for May 2017
E Christian & Company Limited 26,867.85 Polling station handbooks and quick guides May 2017
Trowers & Hamlins LLP 128,467.50 London office service charges for 24 June 2017 to 28 September 2017
Williams Lea Limited 42,153.44 Media for booklet and leaflet printing for UK general election 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 55,200.92 Media for Scottish council elections campaign for April 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 106,122.72 Media for Scotland council elections door drop for voting guides April 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 26,530.62 Radio for Great Britain April 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 57,259.82 TV advertising for UK general election 2017 campaign for May 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 270,111.19 TV advertising for UK general election 2017 campaign for May 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 37,719.14 TV advertising for UK general election 2017 campaign for May 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 438,496.22 TV advertising for UK general election 2017 campaign for May 2017
MullenLowe London 26,279.62 Creative services for UK general election 2017 campaign for May 2017
MullenLowe London 32,831.64 Creative services for UK general election 2017 campaign for May 2017
Trowers & Hamlins LLP 51,103.52 London office service charges for 1 May 2017 to 31 July 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 304,435.90 TV advertising for English local elections campaign for April 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 42,660.66 TV advertising for Wales local elections campaign for April 2017
Carat a T/D of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd 103,142.90 TV advertising for Wales local elections campaign for April 2017
Lexis Nexis UK 40,040.40 Online and hard copy legal subscription renewal for 2017/18
London Borough of Islington 264,470.00 Business rates for London office for 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018
Triad Group Plc 38,210.40 Party finance and regulation online system support costs for March 2016
Vodafone Corporate Limited 55,749.69 Network set-up costs for 8 December 2015 to 7 December 2017
Williams Lea Limited 78,728.66 Polling station and quick guide production for May 2016 elections
Manchester City Council 101,003.66 EU referendum costs
Williams Lea Limited 33,691.84 Booklet and leaflet printing for May 2017 Scottish council elections campaign
Williams Lea Limited 27,022.24 Printing for polling station handbooks

Supplier payments from 2016-17

Supplier nameTotal (£)Category
ASG & Partners30,599.06Digital advertising for the 2017 Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign
ASG & Partners48,449.95Outdoor advertising for the 2017 Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd14,3694.5Digital advertising for Great Britain campaign 
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd45,510.97DR inserts for March 2017 for May elections 
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd31,8352.3TV advertising for Great Britain in March 2017
Advanced Business Solutions34,399.43Annual support and maintenance for 150 eBis Exchange users
Level 3 Communications43,516.14Charges
Squiz34,575.6Your vote matters website redevelopment
Triad Group Plc72,588.00Party finance and regulation online redevelopment project to 8 March 2017
Triad Group Plc30,192.00Party finance and regulation online redevelopment project to 31 January 2017
Cabinet Office34,778.12Credit note: ECU labour for weeks 46-50 and accommodation
Cabinet Office68,340.17ECU labour for week 41-45 and week 46-60 and accommodation for October 2016
Cabinet Office26,673.89ECU labour for weeks 51-02 and accommodation
Cabinet Office29,557.65ECU labour for weeks 3-6 and accommodation
Cabinet Office30,723.1ECU labour for weeks 7-10 and accommodation
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd77,286.99Radio advertising for the EU referendum campaign
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd72,557.45Radio advertising for the EU referendum campaign
Mullen Lowe London53,680.8TV advertising production for the EU referendum campaign
ICM Research Ltd26,960.04Winter Tracker research 
Trowers & Hamlins LLP51,103.52London office service charges for 1 February 2017 to 30 April 2017
Computers In Personnel Ltd33,570.00Annual subscriptions for CIPHR package for up to 200 records to 31 January 2018
Democracy Club30,000.00Polling stations and candidates data services
Trowers & Hamlins LLP12,8467.50London office rent for 25 December 2016 to 24 March 2017
Williams Lea Limited31,152.80Booklet and leaflet printing for Scottish council elections campaign
Squiznet UK Ltd34,575.60Your vote matters website redevelopment
University of Plymouth Enterprises58,584.00Data analysis and reports for May 2016 elections
Trowers & Hamlins LLP51,103.52London office service charges for 1 November 2016 to 31 January 2017
Trowers & Hamlins LLP84,461.04London office rent for 26 October 2016 to 24 December 2016
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd118,698.40May 2016 elections advertising media 
E Chistian & Co Ltd27,466.11EU referendum polling station handbooks and quick guides
Misco26,051.20Data storage and infrastructure management 
BMG Research73,034.40Public opinion research for the EU referendum
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd105,997.04Media for the EU referendum campaign for June 2016 
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd257,486.15Media for the EU referendum campaign for June 2016
GFK NOP Ltd199,999.61Accuracy and completeness research for financial year 2016/17
MEC53,745.60Media planning fees for the EU referendum campaign
SFW Ltd28,928.10Software development for the EU referendum
Squiznet UK Ltd79,512.00Annual web hosting and support
Trowers & Hamlins LLP53,445.22Professional service charges for Aug - Oct 2016
Williams Lea Limited65,175.14EU referendum voting guides
BMG Research42,193.92Research for May 2016 elections 
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd1,497,643.74Media for the EU referendum campaign for June 2016
Mullen Lowe London148,488.00Creative production for the EU referendum campaign
Electoral Office for Northern Ireland40,000.00Helpline for Northern Ireland Assembly election and EU referendum
Excel Personel Ltd28,266.19Extra agency staff for the EU referendum call centre and party finance and regulation compliance work
Field Fisher  LLP30,890.03Legal services for the EU referendum
GFK NOP Ltd100,000.00Accuracy and completeness research for the financial year 2016-17 
Kingsley Napley LLP27,723.12Legal services for the investigation of expenses returns from the UK general election for the financial year 2015-16
Lyle Bailie International83,350.07Digital advertising for the EU referendum campaign in Northern Ireland
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK2,293,293.17Media for the EU referendum campaign in Great Britain
Mullen Lowe202,139.26Services for EU referendum advertising production
DST Output250,075.41Voting guide door drop for Scotland and Wales for May 2016 elections campaign
Excel Personnel Ltd32,395.47Extra agency staff for the EU referendum call centre 
Lyle Bailie International64,587.00Press advertising in Northern Ireland for the EU referendum campaign
Michael Page International28,984.87Agency staff cover for May to June 2016
Williams Lea Limited370,929.11EU referendum voting guides for England, Scotland, Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and Wales
Anderson Spratt Group Ltd31,685.90Advertising for the Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign in 2016
BMG Research42,193.92Start of fieldwork May 2016 elections post-polls research
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd325,873.07TV advertising for May 2016 elections for the financial year 16-17
Define Research & Insight Ltd51,300.00Voting guide and advertising concept user research for the EU referendum campaign
Mullen Lowe94,680.00Creative production services for May 2016 elections campaign
E Chistian & Co Ltd27,899.75Polling station handbooks and quick guide March 2016
Miicrosoft Limited33,199.20EU referendum system support
TNS UK LTD58,800.00Tracking research for the EU referendum campaign 
Trowers & Hamlins LLP54,157.14Service charges from 1 May - 31 July 2016
Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd616,502.37Media for the May 2016 elections campaign for the financial year 2016-17 
Advanced Business Solutions34,163.20Annual support and maintenance from April 2016 to April 2017
MullenLowe London163,178.03TV advertising production for the EU referendum campaign for financial year 2015/16 
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP29,743.20Final bill for internal audit for financial year 2015-16
SFW Ltd37,566.55Intranet enhancements for financial year 2015-16
Triad Group Plc38,210.40Party and election finance online system support costs March 16
Vodafone Corporate Limited55,749.69Network set-up costs for 8 December 2015 to 7 December 2017
Williams Lea Limited78,728.66Polling station handbooks and quick guides for May 2016 elections

Consultancy contracts over £20,000

Contracts awarded from 2016 to 2018

Financial yearSupplierTotal (£)Description
2018-19AuraQ Limited44,880Redevelopment of party finance and regulation online system
2016-17Develop Global62,400Pay and reward project

Public awareness contracts over £25,000

Contracts awarded from 2018-19

Reporting periodSupplierTotal (£)Description
Apr to Jun 2018Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd504,392Advertising media in Great Britain for May 2018 election campaign

Contracts awarded from 2017-18

Reporting periodSupplierTotal (£)Description
Jan to Mar 2018Hamilton Brown39,600Video production
Jan to Mar 2018MSQ Partners78,369Production of materials for ‘Your vote is yours alone’ May 2018 elections campaign
Jan to Mar 2018Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd432,885Advertising in England for May 2018 elections campaign
Jan to Mar 2018Walnut Unlimited43,920Tracking research for May 2018 elections campaign
Oct to Dec 2017Democracy Club57,100Digital tool development and data collation for May 2018 elections campaign
Oct to Dec 2017MSQ Partners25,098Advertising production for key moment activity
Oct to Dec 2017MSQ Partners286,967Advertising production for May 2018 elections campaign
Oct to Dec 2017MSQ Partners33,224Communications strategy development for May 2018 elections campaign
Oct to Dec 2017Hall & Partners29,976Creative development research for May 2018 elections campaign
Apr to Jun 2017Carat a T/D  of Dentsu Aegis UK Ltd2,358,000Advertising in Great Britain for May 2017 and UK general election campaigns
Apr to Jun 2017ASG97,416Advertising for the UK general election campaign in Northern Ireland
Apr to Jun 2017Mullen Lowe117,730Creative production for the UK general election campaign
Apr to Jun 2017Your Business Voice36,615Call centre for the UK general election campaign

Contracts awarded from 2016-17

Reporting periodSupplierTotal (£)Description
Jan to Mar 2017 ASG & Partners 130,000 Communications strategy development and media buying for Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign
Jan to Mar 2017 Electoral Office for Northern Ireland 35,000 Call centre for Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign
Jan to Mar 2017 Carat 1,818,694 Media buying for May 2017 elections campaign
Jan to Mar 2017 The Behavioural Insights Team 47,580 Randomised controlled trial for the 2017 annual canvass
Jan to Mar 2017 ICM 63,003 Tracking research for May 2017 elections campaign
Jan to Mar 2017 Mullen Lowe 34,247 Creative production for information videos for Scottish council elections campaign
Jan to Mar 2017 Carat 847,292 Advertising in Great Britain for UK general election campaign
Jan to Mar 2017 Mullen Lowe 284,482 Advertising production for May 2017 elections campaign
Jan to Mar 2017 Williams Lea 71,374 Voting guide production for May 2017 elections campaign
Oct to Dec 2016 Carat 151,554 Voting guide door drop in Scotland for the Scottish council elections campaign
Oct to Dec 2016 Williams Lea Tag 67,560 Voting guide translations, printing and binding, and paper order for the Scottish council elections campaign
Oct to Dec 2016 MEC 47,045 Communications strategy development for May 2017 elections campaign
Oct to Dec 2016 Democracy Club 50,000 Digital tool development and data collation for May 2017 elections campaign
Oct to Dec 2016 Squiz 70,000 Website redevelopment for yourvotematters.co.uk
Oct to Dec 2016 MullenLowe 239,985 Creative production for May 2017 elections campaign
Apr to Jun 2016 Event Connections 37,000 Event accreditation services for EU referendum national count event

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