Public sector facing pain – but there are still opportunities for contractors

March 21, 2017 @ 10:28 am by Sarah Cullingworth

By Ben Pindar, PR


The public sector has been under the cosh of Draconian government cuts for several years now and many have turned to freelance expertise from contractors to continue to deliver their services in an age of austerity.

By drawing on the UK’s flexible workforce as and when they need it, the public sector has been able to access the skills and insights it needs in an affordable way.

But the public sector now faces even greater challenges; new IR35 rules for contractors next month,  and a potential ‘hard’ Brexit threaten …Read More

NICs U-turn – Good news for the Self-Employed

March 16, 2017 @ 4:07 pm by Sarah Cullingworth

There was no doubt a huge sigh of relief from the UK’s 4.8 million self-employed workers yesterday as it was announced that the government has halted plans for proposed Class 4 National Insurance hikes, which were set out in the Spring Budget. This is good news for the freelance workforce in the UK, who’ve been hit by numerous legislation changes in recent years.

The planned increase would have seen NICs increase from 9% to 10% from April 2018, and then to 11% from April 2019. Not only was this a blow …Read More

And The Winner Isn’t….

March 2, 2017 @ 4:57 pm by Sarah Cullingworth

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ll have seen the excruciating moment that La La Land was incorrectly named as the winner of this year’s Best Picture award at The Oscars, leaving the cast and crew of the musical number to graciously hand over the gong to the actual winners, Moonlight.

Since the embarrassing gaffe on Sunday, it has transpired that the reason the presenters read the wrong film title was due to the error of one accountant, namely Brian Cullinan. Matt Damon doppelgänger …Read More

Myths surrounding IR35 reforms in the Public Sector

February 24, 2017 @ 11:08 am by Dena Salthouse

By John Thorburn

With the IR35 changes only a matter of weeks away, we look at some of the myths surrounding the Public Sector reforms and help you to separate the fact from fiction:


Myth 1: The legislation should be adopted now

The reform will go ahead from 6th April 2017 but only the draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2017 has been published so far. Following a period of consultation we are still waiting for the final version of the legislation, which is anticipated to be released at the Spring Budget on …Read More

How will the Apprenticeship Levy affect recruitment agencies?

February 21, 2017 @ 3:30 pm by Dena Salthouse

By Ben Pindar, PR

The Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, while full of good intentions, is threatening to have unforeseen consequences for recruitment agencies.

The levy, which comes into force on 6th April, aims to create a national funding pot for training as well as three million new apprenticeships by 2020.

However, the big issue is that the way of working in the UK has transformed; we have seen a colossal increase in the number of freelance consultants and contractors who enable businesses to access the skills they need on an ad hoc basis …Read More

The World is Changing

January 27, 2017 @ 12:52 pm by Dena Salthouse

By Gordie Smyth
The world is changing, and with it the accounting world too. As usual, we at Danbro are ahead of the curve!

Gone are the days of sending a bag of invoices, receipts, statements and whatever else to your accountant at the end of the year and bracing yourself for your tax liability.

Businesses need quicker, smarter, real time information in order to make well-informed decisions.

And with the announcement of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital initiative, which is expected to be fully rolled-out by 2020, there is a need more than ever …Read More

What’s it like working at Danbro?

December 15, 2016 @ 11:02 am by Sarah Cullingworth

Contributors: Kieran Whelan, Aidan Radcliffe, James Spann, Lesley Schofield & Lynne Holmes

I’m sure that when faced with choosing any product or service, cost and reputation are at the forefront of our minds. But even then, how do you choose a company who suit your values? In a sector which has been construed as boring and having no personality, and with all accountants and firms viewed in the same way, how does a customer choose the right firm for them?

It suddenly struck me – perhaps those struggling customers would benefit from …Read More

The Evolving World of the Contractor

December 12, 2016 @ 11:49 am by Dena Salthouse

By Chris Jones – Regional Sales Manager

It’s safe to say that over the past couple of years the legislative spotlight has been on the self-employed, with all aspects of a contractor’s role under the HMRC microscope. Understandably in recent months the focus has been on “what are we losing as contractors?” rather than “what are the advantages?”

However, the contracting sector is increasing year on year. With data from the ONS showing that self-employment rose from 3.8 million to 4.6 million between 2008 and 2015, working for yourself remains an attractive …Read More

Why it pays to have a Christmas Party!

December 7, 2016 @ 10:08 am by Dena Salthouse

By Rebecca Crawford

Yes, it’s December; there’s no getting away from the fact that the festive season is officially upon us. How quickly the year goes!  One minute you’re enjoying the spring air, you blink and all of a sudden Christmas is around the corner!

We all like to celebrate, especially at this time of year; we’ve worked hard all year and we deserve to let our hair down. At Danbro, our Christmas ‘do’ has been planned for months; a night of fun and laughter with all my fantastic colleagues – I’m …Read More

My Employer is an Umbrella Company, What are my Rights? Part Two

December 5, 2016 @ 9:16 am by Helen Broughton MBE

Following on from part one, what are your rights?

When you start work through an Umbrella company they should make sure that your contract rate of pay is comparable to (the same or better than) the rate that you could expect if you were a direct employee of the company you are providing your services to (your end client).

After 12 weeks on the same contract, all workers are entitled to equal treatment under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) introduced 1st October 2011.

The key point being that those on a temporary or …Read More