Back to School: how do Childcare Vouchers work?

September 6, 2017 @ 11:13 am by Sarah Cullingworth

As the kids go back to school, parents across the UK will be breathing a huge sigh of relief – with the last minute rush to get new uniforms, shoes, and stationery, you may also be a feeling a little weary and a whole lot poorer.


And as if the cost of all that wasn’t enough, many have the extra cost of after school clubs and breakfast clubs! That’s where Childcare Vouchers come in – not only can they be used to help towards nursery fees, but you can benefit from …Read More

Donating to charity? How to get the most out of what you give!

September 5, 2017 @ 9:36 am by Neil Ormesher

Today is the United Nation’s International Day of Charity, so we thought we’d do a quick guide to tax relief when donating to charity. Most of us have heard of Gift Aid, but do you know how it actually works? And did you know that there are various other ways you can get tax relief on what you give? Let’s take a look:


Gift Aid

The most common method of claiming back tax on donations is the government’s Gift Aid scheme. Through Gift Aid any charity you donate to can claim a …Read More

Fancy winning £100K? Some things are too good to be true – is your payroll provider?

September 1, 2017 @ 2:57 pm by Victoria Iredale

Have you ever thought something was too good to be true? Like when you get a free scratch card in the paper telling you you’ve won £100,000, yet looking at the T&Cs it costs £5 per minute to call and there’s only one top prize to be won. So after 15 long minutes on the phone, speaking to an automated voice recording, you end up winning a £20 voucher for a garden centre that is 30 miles away from your 3rd floor flat. All in all, you’ve lost £55 and …Read More

Why an umbrella solution gives you the best of both worlds

August 18, 2017 @ 2:34 pm by Judith Kirby

I met with a friend recently who I hadn’t seen for few years, and of course,  we went through the whole “long time no see” chat. When I said “oh, I work for an umbrella company” she looked baffled – for a moment I think she thought I was covering metal frames with water repellent fabric!


Trying to explain the role of umbrella companies and that they are very much needed in these economic times was somewhat interesting. Who builds the country’s fighter jets? Maintains the railways? Provides specialist technologies? The …Read More

Five questions to ask when you start working for yourself

August 16, 2017 @ 12:07 pm by Christopher Oxley

We know that starting to work for yourself can be an exciting opportunity, but before you make the leap you’ll undoubtedly have a few questions. Here we take a look at 5 of the many questions you should be asking yourself when going it alone.


1. How do I register as self-employed with HMRC?

Once you start working for yourself and run your business as an individual, you’re classed as a sole trader and you’ll be responsible for paying your own income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs).

As such you’ll need to …Read More

People should not be forced into an Employment Umbrella, but should choose to go there for the benefits

August 10, 2017 @ 8:59 am by Damian Broughton MBE

Since 6th April, when the new IR35 rules for public sector workers became law, we’ve seen a surge in the use of umbrella solutions in the contractor marketplace. However, rather than people choosing an umbrella solution, unfortunately we’ve seen evidence of some contractors being forced down that route. The wholesale transfer of groups of workers being forced down a particular route is frowned upon by HMRC, and there is no need for this action to take place.


At Danbro we’ve discussed the main two options – Limited Company and Umbrella – …Read More

Game of Thrones and the evolution of the freelancer

July 18, 2017 @ 3:48 pm by Natalie Friel

As the long-awaited new series of the smash hit HBO TV Game of Thrones returns to our screens, audiences worldwide are tuning in to discover the fate of their favourite characters – will Arya get to face down the Queen of the Iron Throne herself, Cersei (whose power dressing has increased tenfold since her post shame-walk makeover)? One things for sure, with George R.R. Martin at the helm, literally anything could happen.


But how does this relate to the freelancer you may ask (or perhaps that’s just me)? Well, according to …Read More

Noticed a dip in your pay? Then getting paid a deemed salary probably isn’t paying…

July 14, 2017 @ 3:36 pm by Natalie Friel

If you’ve been receiving a deemed salary since the rule change for working in the Public Sector back in April, you’re likely to have noticed a drop in the amount you’re taking home.

When you combine that with the ongoing responsibilities and costs of being a director of your own company, it simply doesn’t pay.

Here’s 5 reasons why you should consider using an Employment Umbrella instead of being paid via a deemed salary into your limited company…



As an example, if you work a 37.5 hour week with a rate …Read More

Don’t get STAMPED on by the second home charge!

July 4, 2017 @ 2:44 pm by Jonny Brown

So after I won my 7th Mr Olympia title, my wife and I decided it was time to upgrade and move to a larger, more modern house; I was thinking of a property reminiscent of those I see Kevin McCloud talking about…with an annexe for the servants and an East Wing to store all my trophies.
Anyway, after I woke up we decided to look for a new house for real! By complete chance we came across a new build, which was not quite finished and still needed a little work …Read More

Effect of the Gig Economy on Contracting

June 21, 2017 @ 11:20 am by Damian Broughton MBE

In today’s digital world many of us no longer view work as a place to go, but as a task to be achieved, with surging demand from big companies driving the so-called ‘gig economy.’

There are concerns about the gig economy – as we’ve discussed previously, but at the high end of the freelancing sector, there are rapid growth opportunities for skilled, independent professionals. Typically these professionals work through their own Limited Company or through an Umbrella Company.

We have seen several reviews into the modern way of working being instigated this …Read More