Umbrella.co.uk staff are fundraising for charity with a Halloween 'dress up' day in the office...There's some scarily good costumes, giant spiders and zombies creeping about......
Rise of the robots
FreeAgent’s CEO Ed Molyneux took to the stage to deliver his keynote speech ‘Rise of the Robots: Accountancy at the Crossroads’, which examined the future of the profession in an ever-changing technological environment.
FreeAgent and NatWest have joined forces
FreeAgent were delighted to be joined by their new partners, NatWest at the conference.
CCO, Kevin McCallum, and Head of Business Banking at NatWest, Haydn Thomas, co-hosted a seminar on the new open banking legislation and what this means for the accountancy profession. They also took some time after the event to chat to AccountingWEB about financial technology for accountants - watch the video on FreeAgent’s website.
Nick Holmes, Umbrella.co.uk CEO, presented Jen Hughes, Regional Fundraiser, and the Wish Bear a cheque at our Wilmslow head office.
"Thank you so much to all the staff at Umbrella.co.uk. The money you have raised will help to grant a magical wish for a very deserving child and will give their family memories to last a lifetime." Jen Hughes
“Umbrella.co.uk are proud to continue to support When You Wish Upon a Star during 2017. We are looking forward to some fun fundraising activities including the Wilmslow Triathlon, dress down days and an office Lego Fire Walk. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the team at Umbrella.co.uk for their generosity and enthusiasm.” Nicholas Holmes, CEO.
After the board of directors of the group had finished voting Allison emerged as the clear winner for the prestigious award. Her Job Title of Finance Manager does little to describe the amount of and variety of work that Allison manages to take on during any particular week.
Operations Director Neil Armitage said “She has been with the company for 7 years and knows the systems and the people inside out. There’s certainly not a single day goes past without most of us seeking out Allison’s advice on any number of matters from staff payroll to insurance through to HR. She is a very deserving recipient of the award and the board are pleased to be able to recognise her contribution to our success”
Triple congratulations are due to Adam Connell. Not only did he make history in November by becoming the first to win Umbrella’s prestigious Employee of the Month award twice, but he also picked up the company’s annual Customer Relationship Excellence award, and is celebrating promotion to Senior Account Manager!
All good things come in threes!
Well done Adam! Well deserved!
"Congratulations to Nick Martin who has won Umbrella Employee of the month for August. Nick is one of our Accountants and has been with Umbrella since April 2015. Nick is an inspirational and motivating member of the Accountancy team. Nick always goes the extra mile and is always keen to take on new projects with dedication." Micaela Blackshaw, Deputy Accountancy Services Manager.
If you’ve tried it before and not got on with it or never installed it then now is a great time to pick it up for your smartphone and see the powerful list of features that you can control from a simple touchscreen.
With banking, tax notifications, time tracking and a slick new interface all added over the last two years since it’s launch the mobile app really does cram a lot of functionality into the App.
FreeAgent continues to update its mobile app to bring the functionality more in line with the browser edition.
December brought some new features to the Mobile App, many of which may be of use to our clients;
The ever-popular Tax Timeline has been included within the App with the option to turn on notifications. This can help you to make sure you don’t miss any important VAT or Corporation Tax payments. Umbrella Accountants will continue to confirm how much is due and when but it acts as a good aide memoire in today’s busy work environment.
Representatives from Umbrella Accountants will be joining other accountancy professionals from across the country at the FreeAgent Premium Partner Summit in February.
We have attended the summit for the last two years and found it informative and a chance to provide feedback to the team at FreeAgent regarding future developments. It’s also a chance to meet other accountants in the same industry and exchange ideas and solutions which we have also found extremely useful.
If any clients have any suggestions for FreeAgent for future development or improvements then we encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put them to the team while we are there.
As a FreeAgent Premium Partner, Umbrella Accountants would like to congratulate FreeAgent on their recent flotation on the London Stock Exchange.
The company was set up in 2007 by the three founders, Ed Molyneux, Olly Headey and Roan Lavery who were finding nothing suitable for their accounting needs in the marketplace. Set up with the intention of making accounting less painful for end users the company has gone from strength to strength since then winning prestigious Software Satisfaction Awards and thousands of new users along the way.
Umbrella Accountants moved to FreeAgent over two years ago because we also wanted to make handling finances as simple as possible for our contractors so it was a natural fit. We have attended Partner conferences at the head offices Scotland where we have seen much of what the future holds for the software, as well as taking part in round table discussions on tax changes that affect contractors and freelancers.
Congratulations once more to everyone at FreeAgent and we look forward to continuing to grow with them.