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 Templeton

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

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

December 2, 2016 @ 12:09 pm by Helen Broughton MBE

Hundreds of thousands of contractors, whose expertise supports companies with projects of a fixed duration, are compelled to work through a limited company, either one of their own or an Umbrella Company.  They move from contract to contract providing specialist services to thousands of businesses across the UK and are often referred to as the backbone of the economy, providing a flexible workforce such as has never been seen before.  The so-called gig economy will undoubtedly inflate these numbers exponentially.

The relationship between an Umbrella Company and its employees

The relationship between …Read More

Working Away…How does it pay? All you need to know about Chargeable Expenses

December 1, 2016 @ 9:20 am by Dena Salthouse

By Samantha Dolphin

Working away or travelling long distances can be expensive. However, for the right contract, it may benefit you financially, particularly if your end client or agency has agreed to reimburse you for certain costs you incur along the way – we call these ‘chargeable expenses’.

What are Chargeable Expenses?

These are expenses your agency has agreed to reimburse you with, even if you are under Supervision, Direction or Control. They can be offset against your tax and National Insurance (NI) providing

They are allowable
There’s a written claim
You can provide evidence (your …Read More

Are You Ready For Making Tax Digital? We Are!

November 21, 2016 @ 5:09 pm by Dena Salthouse

By Neil Ormesher

In 2015, HMRC announced plans to transform the tax system to bring this up to date with the current digital age which will spell the end of the annual tax return.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) will be phased in from 2016 and is set to end in 2020. Initially, from 2018, unincorporated businesses and landlords will be required to keep track of their tax affairs digitally and report this to HMRC at least every quarter, with the option of submitting more frequently. Limited Companies are expected to come into …Read More