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"
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".
We have a very tasty latest entry for our Umbrella Bake Off.
Daniel Bird from Accounting kept the competition strong and the office fed with his Carrot and Walnut Cake with cream cheese filling.
We have 20 staff taking part so expect more than a bakers dozen of delicious cakes over the coming months! To make sure everyone in the department takes part they have the motto “No Bakey, No Cakey!”
Stacey, our brave Contracts Administrator, took the heart-warming decision to shave off her gorgeous hair at the weekend in support of her poorly grandma. Stacey has raised over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Her colleagues in Customer Services greeted her with matching bald heads this morning in support of her cause. Customer Services Manager Sarah said "We're all really proud of you Stacey and you still look hot!" You can still sponsor Stacey here
Abbie Muirhead from our accountancy team satisfied everybody's sweet tooth with her triple chocolate tart.
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!
We have a rogue baker in the office. Annie, one of our Account Managers has made this colourful and delicious 'Mermaidy Unicorn' vanilla sponge cake, with vanilla butter cream, handmade meringues and LOTS OF GLITTER!
All at Umbrella offer their heartiest congratulations to Sarah Maurice-Jones for being chosen as Employee of the Month for May.
Sarah is an inspirational and motivating leader of the Customer Services team who has ensured that our standards of customer care have not dropped while the industry has coped with the effects of recent legislative changes.
Well done Sarah!
Call volume has fallen by almost 40% in customer services since the introduction of the new T&S legislation.
We have therefore created a customer service hub serving both umbrella and accountancy customers which will offer first line support for all customer telephone enquiries. This will be available from 1 June 2016.