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Mercedes X-Class targets construction workers after a bit of posh

Pickup trucks are the backbone of many successful businesses around the UK, with the added bonuses of mean styling and toweringly lofty driving positions, the latter having become increasingly desirable for private motorists too. To date, only the Volkswagen Amarok has flirted with taking the pickup truck segment upmarket, but an announcement from Mercedes-Benz means that construction businesses and tradespeople will be able to combine the best of all worlds when its new X-Class takes to the road. It’ll be available in two distinct versions, the choice coming down to how ‘hands-on’ one’s job role is.

We are delighted to announce that Daniel Moss has won the Practice Excellence Awards for the many new initiatives he helped implement at Umbrella Accountants.

Up against some stiff competition, Daniel won the award as a result of his constant commitment to innovation and his work on our online Self-Assessment Tax Return completion pack.

The Practice Excellence Awards judges agreed with our submission that Daniel is “a model technology-led accountant, making sure he ensures compliance while embracing new ideas and technology”

Spiralling UK van traffic revealed
marketing | 7 October 2016
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The presence of vans on our roads reached an all-time peak last year, the DfT’s Road Use Statistics Great Britain 2016 report has identified, the 45 billion miles covered by van drivers in 2015 equating to a 38% rise from 2000 and accounting for 14% of all road use. Van traffic has risen by 12% over the last two years compared to car traffic which has increased by just 4%. Interestingly, HGV traffic has seen the smallest growth at 3%, having consistently reduced since the so-called ‘economic downturn’ several years ago.

Email invoices directly from FreeAgent
marketing | 30 September 2016
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Add your Agency’s email address in the contact tab to email invoices directly.

Once you have created your invoice, you can then email this directly from FreeAgent by a click of a button. You will also have peace of mind your client has received this as you will receive a delivered status.

Nicholas Holmes, CEO of Umbrella.co.uk, has been elected to the Board of the FCSA
marketing | 26 September 2016
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Umbrella.co.uk are delighted to announce that Nicholas Holmes, CEO of Umbrella.co.uk, has been elected to the Board of the FCSA (Freelancer & Contractor Services Association).

Umbrella.co.uk is an associate member of the FCSA which is now the largest trade body for compliance in our sector, and has very stringent criteria for membership.

We Keep Good Company
marketing | 21 October 2016
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Huge congratulations to our partners Kingsbridge on their victorious win at the APSCo Awards for Excellence 2016: Affiliate Member of the Year.

This is well deserved recognition by APSCo for Kingsbridge who consistently provide our limited contractors with outstanding service and comprehensive cover at competitive prices.

Incurring the same expense each week?

You can save time by setting up recurring expenses each month/week

You can add the expense, category, date, description etc. If the expense is recurring, you will then chose from the drop down menu how often you wish for it to be logged (every week, two weeks etc).

KA-POW! Superhero Charity Ball
marketing | 6 October 2016
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The 2016 Umbrella.co.uk ‘Employees of the Month’ were rewarded with a ticket to the When You Wish Upon a Star charity ball last Saturday night.

A spectacular welcome by storm troopers and Darth Vader was followed by a champagne reception, superhero glitter booth, dinner and entertainment.

Batman, Cat Woman, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman all partied with Umbrella.co.uk staff along with a host of Corrie and Emmerdale stars until the early hours.  

Some of the Umbrella.co.uk ladies were left a little hot under the collar by Spiderman’s superhero outfit and Louise took a shine to Batman! Matt and Steve were caught on video perfectly executing the Spice girls A-Z Rap and Annie bagged the most celebrity selfies.

Make life easier and save time - bulk explain transactions in FreeAgent
marketing | 27 September 2016
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If you have more than one unexplained transaction related to the same category on your FreeAgent portal, you can explain these in one go by clicking on the ‘more options’ tab and tick the relevant transactions.  For instance if you have bought a number of train tickets you can quickly allocate all of those transactions to travel costs in a few clicks.

Latest Audi technology helps contractors stay in touch on the move
marketing | 6 September 2016
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In today’s world of relentless communication and notifications, many people have become inseparably reliant on their mobile phones. This is especially true for businesspeople, particularly contractors, who are in charge of their own businesses and need to remain a phone call away from clients, subcontractors and others.

In-car technology is continuously improving and Audi, whose cars remain ever popular when it comes to business car leasing, has just announced an upgrade to the firm’s Phone Box technology that will make staying in touch even easier for contractors with iPhone 6 and 6s smartphones.

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