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Lynne Gowers
31st March, 2017

Contractor Loan Schemes rear their ugly heads

Despite extensive warnings from HMRC and the legitimate umbrella industry, contractor loan schemes are once again being heavily touted. Beware! Promoters of such schemes clearly see contractors as a soft target. ...

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Lynne Gowers
23rd March, 2017

Fears for construction industry as PM gets ready to fire the Brexit starting pistol

With the Prime Minister primed to invoke Article 50, triggering the official start of the process to divorce the UK from the EU, a leading chartered body has warned that Britain could lose 8% of its construction workers in the wake of Brexit....

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Lynne Gowers
15th March, 2017

Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) - best practice tips for subcontractors

If you are self-employed in the UK construction industry and are working for a contractor, you must register for the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). The scheme covers practically all aspects of construction works, from site preparation and repairs through to decoration and demolition....

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Lynne Gowers
10th March, 2017

Spring Budget 2017 at a glance

Chancellor Philip Hammond (aka “Spreadsheet Phil”) has delivered his first Budget, which was also the last to be held during Spring as it will now move to Autumn. It means that this year there will be a second Budget to accommodate the timetable switch....

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Lynne Gowers
6th March, 2017

Short term assignments for long term contracting success

Working as a contractor, assignments come in all shapes and sizes; it’s the variety and flexibility that appeals to so many. While it might take some time for the right assignment to come along, accepting short term work gives you the opportunity to broaden your experience and skills. ...

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