Editor | 20 September 2016

We would like to offer our congratulations to Steve Nihill who has won our Employee of the Month award for August.

Congratulations to Nicola who is our employee of the month for July. 

“Nicola has been an exemplary member of staff since joining as an apprentice in December 2015. Her work ethic, attention to detail and friendly demeanor have won her accolades from clients as well as her peers and she has rapidly risen to the role of Semi-Senior in a short space of time. “

Neil Armitage - Operations Director 

Umbrella.co.uk employee receiving gift for hard work
Editor | 22 July 2016
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One of our employees had a wonderful surprise last week when she received a bouquet of flowers from a happy client. Nicola Worthington, who started with us as an apprentice and quickly progressed to an Accounts Assistant, helped the client through a very stressful time with their VAT returns...

triple chocolate tart

Abbie Muirhead from our accountancy team satisfied everybody's sweet tooth with her triple chocolate tart. 

Louise Stephens-Pantoja wins Employee of the Month

Since Louise joined Umbrella as our new Claims Manager in April, she has consistently gone the extra mile to deliver new ideas and services for our customers.

Well done Louise!

Editor | 5 August 2016
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Sheraz Sheikh of our accountancy team surprised everybody with this delicious Marble cake. We never knew our accountancy department would be such keen bakers! 

Midnight on July 31 is the deadline for making your second ‘payment on account’ to HMRC.
If you are self-employed or you own a business and you think that you have to make an advance ‘payment on account’ for this current tax year then this is your last chance to pay before you receive a fine.

Editor | 15 July 2016

Following the shortlisting of Micaela Blackshaw for Trainee of the Year last year we’re delighted to announce that Daniel Moss, our Systems Accountant, has been shortlisted for the Practice Excellence Awards “Technology Champion of the Year”.

The Great Umbrella Bake Off 2016! Umbrella Accountants are still battling it out with their baking skills.

This week Sophie Evitts baked some truly scrumptious M&M - Choc Orange - Dime Bar Brownies!!

Watch out for more delicious bakes over the coming weeks! To make sure everyone in the department takes part they have the motto “No Bakey, No Cakey!”

Sophie's provided the recipe below. Her secret top tip is "Replace the crème eggs with crispy M&Ms', Terrys Chocolate orange and Dime"

http://www.cookbakeeat.com/cadbury-creme-egg-brownies-scrumptious-recipe/

Work well as part of a team as well as on your own initiative? You and everyone else I'm afraid.

We're recruiting across the board here at Umbrella Accountants and consequently I'm getting to read a lot of CV's. Some of them are clearly refined by efficient recruiters and then there are others telling me about how they spent 2 weeks on a paper round in 1983 as part of their 20 year career in accounting.

One thing that does appear on both direct CV's and those from a recruiter are those boilerplate phrases that are repeated so often they mean absolutely nothing. You know, just like the most standard one that appears in almost every CV and is in the title of this post. Others you may see far too often are "I am conscientious, hardworking and trustworthy", the amazing revelation that someone "Works well under pressure" or posesses that most rarest of skills - "can communicate at all levels".

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