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Lynne Gowers
15th June, 2017

The £45 million VAT scam that highlights the importance of a watertight PSL

A family of fraudsters have been jailed for a total of 27-and-a-half years after being found guilty of stealing more than £45m from the public purse in the largest payroll VAT fraud uncovered in the UK. Geoffrey Copp, 55, his son Joshua Copp, 24, and brother Andrew Copp, 51, used the money to fund lavish lifestyles including luxury cars, property and art. They were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on 9 June. Geoffrey was jailed for 10-and-a-half years, Joshua received 8 years and Andrew was handed 9 years. ...

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Lynne Gowers
8th June, 2017

10 sizzling summer savings for contractors through Liquid Perks

All Liquid Friday umbrella employees have access to a huge range of discounts and savings through our contractor rewards and benefits programme Liquid Perks (powered by Perkbox). Here’s a look at ten of the hottest deals you can redeem this summer. What are you waiting for!...

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Lynne Gowers
1st June, 2017

5 big fat myths about umbrella company working

Together with our fellow FCSA members, and the FCSA itself, we have often had to be vocal in our defence of the legitimate umbrella industry in the face of negative press. These inflammatory articles almost always treat umbrella companies as nothing more than outsourced payroll. In doing so, they are perpetuating the most common myths about umbrella working. ...

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Lynne Gowers
19th May, 2017

APSCo survey shows recruiters are confident of growth

Data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies, APSCo, has indicated that professional recruitment leaders remain assured that their businesses will grow over the next year. Such was the conclusion of a survey carried out as part of APSCo’s Growing Together campaign, an initiative to support growth and drive success across the professional recruitment sector over the next 12 months....

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Lynne Gowers
10th May, 2017

Recruiter Awards 2017...and the winners are

The great and the good of UK recruitment turned out last week for the iconic Recruiter Awards, honouring the best the industry has to offer. The glamorous bash was held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane and featured a gala dinner and top class entertainment hosted by German comic Henning Wehn....

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Lynne Gowers
28th April, 2017

What a snap election might mean for contractors

Following the announcement that a snap General Election is to be held on 8th June, one of the UK’s leading voices for independent professionals has been asking what contractors can expect if Mrs. May succeeds in obtaining a stronger mandate from the electorate....

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Lynne Gowers
25th April, 2017

A cautionary tale - what happened when we Googled "best umbrella companies"

In our industry you have to be fairly thick skinned. The sector has come under fire from tabloids and unions with Umbrella companies being maligned as everything from “pirates” making money out of contractors’ hard work (BBC Yorkshire), to simply a “con-trick” (UCATT)...

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Lynne Gowers
19th April, 2017

Understanding your Tax Code 2017-18

If you are a Liquid Friday umbrella employee, we use your tax code to work out how much tax to deduct from the payments we make to you. Your tax code determines how much you can earn in a financial year (April - March) before you have to start paying income tax. This is known as your personal allowance. This changes every year and is set by the Chancellor in the budget....

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Lynne Gowers
12th April, 2017

Meet the Team - Michael Burton, Payroll Manager

As our very own Prince of Payroll, Michael is at the helm of the Liquid Friday payroll team, who manage the whole Liquid Friday payroll process from receiving hours and time sheets through to raising invoices and processing payments and deductions. We managed to take 5 with Mike to chat about his role and Liquid life....

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Lynne Gowers
6th April, 2017

IR35 reforms are here: FCSA urges agencies and umbrellas to work together

Despite little coverage in the mainstream press, the changes to public sector IR35 rules apply from today. The changes undoubtedly will see an increase in umbrella contracting, as agencies and public sector bodies attempt to head off the responsibilities of assessing IR35 status and calculating and operating deemed payments....

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