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

Taking On Your First Employee

June 13, 2017 @ 4:42 pm by Helen Broughton MBE

Taking on your first employee is an important milestone of your business’ development. However, there are many administrative tasks, as well as legal requirements to consider. We’ve teamed up with our Managing Director, Helen Broughton MBE (who knows a thing or two about setting up a successful business) to give you our guide to taking on your first employee.


 Step 1 – Preparation


Create a job description – What do you want your employee to do? What skills will they need? How many hours will they need to work? What salary can …Read More

Danbro’s Top CV Writing Tips

April 26, 2017 @ 12:59 pm by Sarah Templeton

Your CV is often the first communication a potential employer will see, and may be the only chance for you to get to interview. Therefore it’s crucial that you get it right.

We’ve teamed up with the experts in Danbro’s HR team to give you our top tips.

Top Tips

Keep it short and sweet, the most successful applicants have CVs no longer than two pages of A4.
If printing out your CV, make sure it is printed on a clean piece of white paper.
Going for a creative role? Don’t be scared to try …Read More

New (Tax) Year’s Resolutions – the ones you’ll really want to stick to!

April 6, 2017 @ 2:39 pm by Sarah Templeton

With the festive season a distant memory, and some subtle signs of Spring finally appearing, we’re now firmly into the new year. Many of us will have given up on our resolutions already, but if you’d like a second chance to start afresh, then what better time than the new tax year?

We take a look at the changes you’ll really want to make, and how we can help you stick to them this time!

Looking after your health

This is a popular one. After the indulgence of the festive season, you might …Read More

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

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

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 Templeton

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 Templeton

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