Update 5 August – since writing the blog below, we have been informed that the contract value is now £65,832,000
Do you remember the Presidents Club? The sleazy organisation that hosted the “most un-PC event of the year” at the Dorchester Hotel where skimpily clad waitresses were groped by wealthy business men? Well, the president of the President’s Club was David Meller, who donated £3,250 to Michael Gove’s leadership campaign, and a total of £65,000 to the Tories.
David Meller worked with Gove as a member of the Department of Education as non-executive board member.
Surely it is only fair that David should be rewarded for his loyalty to the Tories during a global pandemic. Luckily for David he has a company, Meller Designs Limited, a home and beauty company ultimately located in a tax haven, Jersey. Meller is still a person of significant control with more than 25% but not more than 50% together with Michael Meller.* The company’s turnover as at December 2018 was £40.4m.
Meller Designs Ltd were awarded a government contract worth £1,080,000 for the supply of hand sanitizer, without tender.
This information was supplied to us by a third party. If it has been reported elsewhere, we will happily link to that.
*thanks to Tom Jenkins for this information (see Comments)