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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.

Off-Payroll Working in the Public sector – New Legislation 6th April 2017
marketing | 18 January 2017
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As you may already be aware the Autumn Statement delivered a number of measures which effect the contracting sector including changes to IR35 and the VAT Flat Rate Scheme. The government has published a new policy document detailing the changes to IR35 and off-payroll working rules for public sector workers. View document here.

The Changes

PSC or “Limited Company” Contractors operating in the public sector will no longer get a say on whether or not the IR35 ‘intermediaries’ legislation’ applies to them. Consequently if they chose to continue being paid via their limited company, the contractor’s intermediary (Agency / Public sector body) will have to agree to deduct the appropriate TAX and National insurance as the ‘fee payer’.

Ways contractors can combat rising VED and fuel prices in H1 2017

The dawn of the New Year took on a somewhat bum note for business drivers and other motorists thanks to a double whammy of cost increases to swallow, with a headline from the BBC1 reporting that ‘fuel prices hit 18-month high after OPEC production cuts’ and ITV News stating ‘drivers face most expensive petrol prices in two years’. The 24% jump in the price of oil seen from mid-November to the end of December contributed to petrol and diesel prices increasing by over 3p per litre during the festive month.

Congratulations to Adam Connell - Umbrella.co.uk Employee of the Month!
marketing | 15 December 2016
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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!

How the Autumn Statement affects contractors who drive
marketing | 29 November 2016
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Starting with the more positive news for business motorists to come out of Phillip Hammond’s debut Autumn Statement, fuel duty has been frozen for the seventh consecutive year, meaning that contractors aren’t faced with having to dig deeper in order to put fuel in their vehicles, and nor are the firms some of them work for, such as couriers or construction companies.

The lamentable state of UK roads often results in delays along with damage to vehicles’ wheels, suspension and other components, so additional welcome news for contractors who drive is that an extra £1.1 billion will be provided by the government by 2020-21, aimed at relieving congestion and upgrading key roads. £220 million will also be spent on alleviating notorious pinch-points, helping the self-employed make more efficient use of their valuable time.

FreeAgent on the Go
marketing | 20 January 2017
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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.

Allison Gallagher wins Umbrella.co.uk Employee of the Year 2016
marketing | 16 January 2017
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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”

Umbrella Accountants to attend FreeAgent Premium Partner Summit
marketing | 10 January 2017
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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 accountancy@umbrella.co.uk and we will put them to the team while we are there.

Exclusive festive treat for Umbrella.co.uk customers
marketing | 6 December 2016
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For those who enjoy a glass of wine or two over the festive season, we've teamed up with Naked Wines to offer our customers a £60 voucher valid against any case worth £99.99 or more, making Naked Wines that bit tastier! Click to get your voucher now
Umbrella.co.uk will be observing a two minute silence for Remembrance Day.
marketing | 10 November 2016
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Tomorrow Umbrella.co.uk staff will be observing a two minute silence for Remembrance Day. We will be turning our phone systems to answering service for approximately 8 minutes from 10.55am. Thank you for your support and normal service will resume immediately after.

It was at this time, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that World War I formally ended. It's a chance for us all to remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces and civilians, in times of war, both in the past and present.

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