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End of Furlough Looms for Contractors
marketing | 22 June 2020
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Many industries have been rocked by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As the smallest entity in supply chains, contractors will be among the hardest hit by the virus lockdown.

For many contractors, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been a valuable source of support when other work has dried up.

Because umbrella companies employ umbrella contractors on a PAYE system, contractors have had the opportunity to receive furlough payments since the scheme was announced.

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

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.

Congratulations to Reece Griffiths on winning July Umbrella.co.uk Employee of the Month. Reece Joined Umbrella.co.uk Payroll Team from University. "Over the past year Reece has grown in to the role and has become an integral part of our payroll function. Reece shows great attention to detail and has become a go to person with in the team." Jon Biddle - Chief Operating Officer

Congratulations to Reece Griffiths on winning July Umbrella.co.uk Employee of the Month.

Reece Joined Umbrella.co.uk Payroll Team from University.

"Over the past year Reece has grown in to the role  and has become an integral part of our payroll function. Reece shows great attention to detail and has become a go to person with in the team." Jon Biddle - Chief Operating Officer

 

Umbrella.co.uk launches new logo and strapline

Umbrella.co.uk have today launched our new Umbrella Logo with the strapline:

account | consult | reward

This change has been made to reflect that we offer more than just a contractor umbrella company or limited company accountancy services to contractors and freelancers.

NEW COVID-19 support available in the Umbrella Rewards portal

The new Umbrella Rewards COVID-19 area has been created for you and your family within the portal. To access help and support during these challenging times simply log in to the Umbrella Rewards portal here.

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

 

A New Contractor’s Guide to Getting Paid in 2019
marketing | 26 November 2018
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Is your New Year’s Resolution to start working for yourself? You aren’t alone.

January is one of the busiest times for new company registrations as skilled workers target the money and freedom that can come with contracting.

But setting up isn’t easy. There are a lot of things to think about and if you plan your contracting journey properly now, you can save yourself several headaches down the way.

Alex Jennings Wins March Employee of the Month

"Alex Jennings, our Birmingham Born Baggies fan, leads the Umbrella.co.uk Payroll Team and has won Umbrella.co.uk March Employee of the Month.

Alex is a calming influence within Operations ensuring workers are paid on time and always goes the extra mile to resolve queries.

Congratulations to a very deserving winner!" Jonathon Biddle, Chief Operations Officer.

Hannah Langton Wins January Employee of the Month
marketing | 17 February 2016
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Congratulations to Hannah Langton, Senior Account Manager, for winning January Employee of the month. During our new portal roll out Hannah provided a top notch service to our customers, working long hours and managing to keep smiling!

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