Wigoder qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1984 and was subsequently employed by Kleinwort Securities as an investment analyst in the media and communication sectors. Between 1985 and 1988, he was head of corporate finance and development at Carlton Communications plc and then Quadrant Group plc. In March 1988 he left Quadrant Group to set up The Peoples Phone Company PLC, which was subsequently bought by Vodafone in December 1996. He joined the Utility Warehouse in February 1998.
Wigoder is a member of The Leader's Group, the premier Conservative Party supporter group. Through an annual membership fee of £50,000 donors are able to secure access to leading members of the party, including the prime minister.
Letter to the Telegraph
On 1 April 2015 Wigoder was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.
Recorded by the Electoral Commission:
|Date||Name of donor||Amount||Donated to||Subsidiary (parties only)|
|22/04/2005||Charles Wigoder||£20,000.00||Conservative Party||Central party|
|15/09/2005||The Hon Charles Wigoder||£10,000.00||The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP|
|22/11/2006||Charles F Wigoder||£9,000.00||Conservative Party||Central party|
|19/04/2007||Charles F Wigoder||£5,500.00||Conservative Party||Central party|
|18/10/2007||Charles F Wigoder||£2,000.00||Conservative Party||Regent's Park & Kensington North|
|03/09/2009||Charles F Wigoder||£2,000.00||Conservative Party||Westminster North|
|03/02/2010||Charles F Wigoder||£10,000.00||Conservative Party]||Central Party|
|30/06/2010||Charles F Wigoder||£1,600.00||Conservative Party||Central party|
|31/12/2010||Charles F Wigoder||£1,800.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|31/03/2011||Charles Wigoder||£10,000.00||No Campaign Limited|
|07/06/2011||Charles F Wigoder||£10,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|30/08/2011||Charles F Wigoder||£50,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|24/10/2011||Charles F Wigoder||£1,000.00||Conservative Party||Westminster North|
|24/10/2011||Charles F Wigoder||£9,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|30/09/2012||Charles F Wigoder||£63,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|26/11/2012||Charles F Wigoder||£1,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|26/11/2012||Charles F Wigoder||£4,500.00||Conservative Party||Central party|
|07/11/2013||Charles F Wigoder||£8,800.00||Conservative Party||Central party|
|15/01/2014||Charles F Wigoder||£100,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|15/01/2014||Charles F Wigoder||£1,000.00||Conservative Party||Central party|
- Holly Watt, The Tory Leader's Group donor club: 'A chance for like-minded people to talk' Guardian, 4 May 2015, accessed 5 May 2015.
- Directors, Utility Warehouse, accessed 19 Febrtuary 2013.
- The Honourable Charles Wigoder, Alumni and Friends, University of Kent, accessed 19 February 2014.
- Conservative lenders unveiled, BBC News, 31 March 2006.
- Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 7 April 2015.
- Electoral Commission, Donation Search, accessed 9 April 2015