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Congratulations to Suzi Kinsella on winning May Umbrella.co.uk Employee of the Month.
"Well done to Suzi who is a much valued member of the Customer Services team both by her colleagues and our customers. Suzi sets a perfect example of excellent customer service for the rest of the team.
Everyone in the business knows they can leave anything in her very capable hands. Keep up the good work." Adam Connell, Customer Services Manager.
Congratulations to Charlotte Harper who is Umbrella’s Employee of the Month for April. Charlotte has recently moved across to assist the Company Formations department which in addition to her current role has added new responsibility for welcoming our new clients to Umbrella Accountants and ensuring that they receive the best possible experience. She has taken on the additional tasks without hesitation and has been doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work.
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.
Umbrella.co.uk staff are still working hard to support our contractors and agency partners from home. We would like to thank you all for your patience and look forward to being safely back together in the office. If any of our agency partners would like some virtual team training or are just missing our faces, our business development team is available to support our agency partners. If you are a contractor with a query, be assured that our full customer service team is active. So, get in touch, they’re waiting to help you!
As Christmas draws closer, many contractors will be finalising their plans for the festive season.
You know who is in charge of wrapping presents, what time you’re going to travel to the in-laws and who’s cooking the turkey. But you shouldn’t forget about the tax return deadline in amongst all the merriment.
After all, you only have until 31 January to complete and pay your Self-Assessment.
“Congratulations to Billy Barnett, a hard-working member of the Customer Services Team and the February Employee of the Month. Billy is extremely customer focussed and certainly a character within the office. We often have to discuss his work attire! Currently he’s soldiering on wearing one work shoe, one trainer and is blaming this on a ‘dodgy ankle’. Well done Billy.” – Sarah Postlethwaite, Customer Services Manager
"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.