A new and updated cost-benefit audit conducted by Brand Finance reveals that the Royal Family continues to make a positive financial impact on the United Kingdom’s economy, despite costs rising and benefits declining.
The new analysis by Brand Finance considered all the estimated costs and benefits to the United Kingdom, and divided these between recurring and non-recurring impacts. The non-recurring impacts are the one-off costs and benefits related to special events such as the Coronation of King Charles III.
Brand Finance found that the non-recurring benefits will be £1,692 million, compared with non-recurring costs of £931 million, meaning that the Coronation year produces a net positive non-recurring contribution of £761 million. The primary costs in the 2023/24 financial year are £100 million estimated for the coronation itself, and £831 million estimated for the incremental bank holiday which reduces GDP.
In addition to the one-off net benefit of £761 million for the Coronation year, Brand Finance also considered all the estimated recurring costs and benefits to the United Kingdom. Brand Finance estimates that the recurring benefits are £567 million in the 2023/24 financial year. Brand Finance estimates that the recurring costs are £370 million in the 2023/24 financial year. Therefore, the net recurring benefit in the 2023/24 financial year is estimated to be £197 million, giving a total benefit of £958 million.
The various economic benefits to the United Kingdom, include Royal Warrants, Coats of Arms, Unofficial Endorsements, Patronage, Tourism, Trade, Media & Arts, Global Media Coverage, and Merchandise. The various costs include the income distributed from the Crown Estate and Duchies, the notional value of free accommodation in Occupied Royal Palaces, the direct costs of security, and other assorted costs. It must be noted that much of these costs are spent on payments to staff (such as security staff) who participate in our economy – with such money substantially recycled throughout the broader British economy.
David Haigh, Chairman of Brand Finance, said:
“Spread amongst the 67 million people of the United Kingdom, the recurring financial benefits of the Monarchy are estimated to be over £8.50 per person, per year, and the recurring costs are estimated to be approximately £5.50 per person, per year.”
Although the Monarchy produces a net recurring benefit to the British economy, this net benefit is significantly lower than in the past, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. This reduction is attributable to the significant positive effect of Queen Elizabeth II, together with a series of public relations disasters, including controversies surrounding Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, and the growth of republicanism. The King has said that he will slim down and reposition the Monarchy for a new era which will likely be received positively and help with the reinvigoration of the Monarchy brand.
David Haigh, Chairman of Brand Finance, said:
“As King Charles is crowned, he faces the challenging task of adapting the Monarchy and making it relevant to a new and sceptical audience in a rapidly changing social and political landscape. Fortunately, there is strong evidence that the Monarchy continues to deliver a huge benefit to the UK economy.”
Note: David Haigh will be available for commentary on the financial aspects of the Monarchy on Saturday 6 May at the Foreign Press Association in London.
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1 Calculate brand strength using a balanced scorecard of metrics assessing Marketing Investment, Stakeholder Equity, and Business Performance. Brand strength is expressed as a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score on a scale of 0 to 100.
2 Determine royalty range for each industry, reflecting the importance of brand to purchasing decisions. In luxury, the maximum percentage is high, while in extractive industry, where goods are often commoditised, it is lower. This is done by reviewing comparable licensing agreements sourced from Brand Finance’s extensive database.
3 Calculate royalty rate. The BSI score is applied to the royalty range to arrive at a royalty rate. For example, if the royalty range in a sector is 0-5% and a brand has a BSI score of 80 out of 100, then an appropriate royalty rate for the use of this brand in the given sector will be 4%.
4 Determine brand-specific revenues by estimating a proportion of parent company revenues attributable to a brand.
5 Determine forecast revenues using a function of historic revenues, equity analyst forecasts, and economic growth rates.
6 Apply the royalty rate to the forecast revenues to derive brand revenues.
7 Discount post-tax brand revenues to a net present value which equals the brand value.
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