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Business Continuity Update from Customer Service - COVID-19

Umbrella.co.uk have of course been putting together comprehensive plans to ensure that we are fully prepared for whatever the next few months brings.  

The planning has considered all key parts of our business.  We consider these to be:

  1. ​Business partner relationship management
  2. New business consultation and registration
  3. Contracting with and onboarding of new clients
  4. Submission of timesheets and expenses
  5. Payroll
  6. Customer service

We obviously hope that the situation is unlikely and will not occur but, should the worst happen and significant numbers of staff are unable to attend the office, we are 100% confident that we will be able to maintain all the above processes with minimal disruption.

  • We have identified key staff who will manage business critical activity in all areas.  We will adapt to any given circumstances and flexibility exists for the key staff to either work from the office or from home with equal efficiency.
  • We are confident that we would not lose any capability to support and pay our contractor employees.  Our confidence is borne from the fact that all of our major softwares which are intrinsic to processes are web-based and can therefore be accessed from anywhere.  Those that sit on our internal servers would be available via VPN connections.  Our external IT administrators have provided sufficient hardware capacity for multiple staff to be accessing the servers via VPN simultaneously.  Mobile equipment for staff remote working is already in place and tested. 
  • Our telephone system is also web-based and all key staff will have access to it via their mobile phones using a SWiP app.  This means that inbound calls can be taken on staff mobiles wherever they are, without the caller even being aware that the call has been re-routed.  Routing calls through our server also allows us to maintain our practice of recording all in and outbound calls.

"Please be assured that we are confident of maintaining ‘business as usual’ as best we can.  We are not however complacent and will continue to monitor developments to ensure we can react quickly.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions" - Nick Holmes, CEO

IR35 Contractors: Act Fast to Avoid Wind-Up Tax

Limited company contractor that are caught under IR35 arrangements may need to act quickly if they want to close their companies and make the most of lucrative tax incentives.

If they wish to continue working flexibly, these contractors will also need to think carefully about how they offer their services, according to  Umbrella.co.uk Director Miles Grady.

“Because we offer limited company support, umbrella payment solutions and a business liquidation service, we are in the best position to help a growing group of customers that have been caught out by IR35,” Miles Grady said.

Umbrella.co.uk January Employee of the Month
marketing | 20 February 2020
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We are delighted to announce that Rebecca McCarthy, Business Development Executive at Umbrella.co.uk, has won the January 2020 Employee of the Month.

“Rebecca’s cheerful nature and helpful manner have proven to be a winning combination with our sales team and our contractors!

Rebecca will always go the extra mile to help our contractors in ensuring that their experience enrolling with Umbrella.co.uk is professional, pleasant and easy.

A popular team member, her happy nature shines through every day. 

Congratulations Rebecca, on an accolade well deserved!” Jane Thornhill, Sales Manager

 

Stephen Holt Wins Umbrella.co.uk December Employee of the Month
marketing | 14 January 2020
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We are delighted to announce that Stephen Holt, Payroll Assistant, has won December Umbrella.co.uk Employee of the Month.

“Stephen always goes the extra mile to help agencies and our internal teams, ensuring contractors get paid correctly and on time. A crucial team player who’s enthusiasm and positive attitude shines through every day.

Congratulations Stephen for your double December win…Employee of the Month and got engaged! Well done and keep up the good work.” Jon Biddle, Director.

Allison Gallagher Umbrella.co.uk July Employee of the Month
marketing | 5 August 2019
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Congratulations to Allison Gallagher, Finance & HR Manager, on winning July Umbrella.co.uk Employee of the Month.

Allison has been invaluable and hard working member of the team for 9 years.

“Well done to a very deserving winner!" Simon Pearson, Finance Director.

CIS worker? Why wait for your tax refund? You could be due £2,000 plus!
Most CIS workers have overpaid tax last tax year.  Why not let us prepare your 2019/20 self-assessment now to release any tax windfall you might be due? Maybe use it to book a nice summer holiday or pay off a debt that's weighing you down?
 
The refund you may get back depends on 3 things: Your CIS deductions, total earnings and business expenses. The average tax refund for our customers is £2,300. In some cases you can receive several years of overpaid refunds, if you're eligible. CIS tax can be claimed back for the previous 4 years.
 
Call our Customer Services Team on 01625 546 610 (option 1) or email customerservices@umbrella.co.uk before the end of May and we guarantee our discounted price of £100 + VAT!
Eamonn Holmes Loses Expensive IR35 Case
marketing | 27 February 2020
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Eamonn Holmes has become the latest TV star to lose an expensive IR35 tax case with HMRC.

The veteran This Morning presenter enjoyed certain tax advantages because he was working as a contractor through a limited company.

However, after the taxman challenged his employment status in court, a judge ruled that the Holmes was effectively employed by ITV.

Our new recruits here at Umbrella.co.uk are ready for IR35! Are you?
marketing | 17 February 2020
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Contact us here at Umbrella.co.uk for your Umbrella solution.

We can help you with the transition and get you set up so you can use our great rewards package BEFORE you are even payrolled with us!

Call 01625 546 610. 

See our contractors’ guide to IR35 here.

 

 

Government Launches ‘Meaningless’ Review of IR35 Changes

The Government has this week launched a review of the upcoming change to off-payroll (IR35) working rules. But the review has already been branded ‘limited’ and ‘meaningless’ by industry experts.

The review will gather evidence from contractors and large and medium-sized businesses and will determine if any further steps can be taken to ensure the ‘smooth implementation’ of the reforms.

Legislators will need to act quickly, however, because the reforms are still due to take effect in April 2020.

Tom Bescoby Wins June Umbrella.co.uk Employee of the Month
marketing | 17 July 2019
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The accolade of “Employee of the Month” was presented today to Tom Bescoby. Tom has been with Umbrella.co.uk for almost three years and is one of our hardest working Account Manager’s. Tom’s personable and friendly disposition ensures that he’s always engaging with our clients. Tom receives a glowing recommendation from many of our clients who benefit from his fast, efficient and reliable service.

Richard Perch, Account Director, who works alongside Tom said “Presenting this award to Tom was a real pleasure. He’s a real inspiration to the industry and we’re very proud of him. We hope he enjoys the Champagne with friends and family. Working alongside Tom I can testify as  to how passionate he is in trying to deliver the ultimate service to our clients”. 

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