I Wish It Could Be Quizmas Every Day

Kingsbridge Quizmas

We do like a little nostalgia at Kingsbridge every now and then. Although the festive season is firmly in the rear-view mirror and 2018 is beginning to bloom, we couldn’t resist revisiting one of our most engaging partner competitions – The Kingsbridge Quizmas.

In early December we set up a special Kingsbridge-themed Christmas quiz designed to test the depths of knowledge at the partner companies we work with. The questions covered quite the spectrum – from insultingly easy to fiendishly difficult, and everything in-between.

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Why the new year is the perfect time to pursue your freelance career

New Year Freelancing

New year, new you – isn’t that what most people say? Whether it’s starting a new healthy eating regime, taking up an exercise class or looking for the next big job opportunity, the new year is the perfect time. You’re revived after your Christmas break and ready to tackle anything.

We don’t suggest leaving your job immediately. If you think it’s something you want to do, research into the idea properly. How feasible is it? What steps can you take in the first month of 2018 to get you where you want to be.

Making it your ‘New Year’s resolution’ will help you figure out if working for yourself as a freelancer is the right fit for you.

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How to enjoy time off at Christmas as a contractor or freelancer

Time Off at Christmas

The freelance sector is booming. As of January this year, according to the Professional Contractors Group, in the UK alone there are over 1 million freelancers. This number has grown over the last 10 years by 14% – and there are no signs of it slowing down.

So, although freelancing offers the modern worker all kinds of flexibility, there are many downsides, too. One of the main downsides is taking worry-free time off – particularly around the festive season.

If this sounds like a predicament you’re currently facing, take a look at some of our tips below. Hopefully, you’ll manage to take at least a few days off over Christmas this year.

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How to save money over Christmas as a contractor

Save Money at Christmas

Christmas is an expensive time of the year, we’re all aware of that fact. But does it really have to be? Working for yourself brings with it many positives, but sadly, it also comes with its pitfalls. And two of the biggest pitfalls are irregular sums of money and a degree of uncertainty when it comes to what the future months will bring you.

That’s why this year, we’re offering you some food for thought when it comes to saving some serious money over the Christmas period as a freelancer or a contractor. Read our five tips below and see how much money you can save this year.

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The 2017 YunoJuno Freelancer Awards

Forget the Oscars, the BAFTAs, and the Grammys. Last night marked the annual high point in the awards calendar – the YunoJuno Sweet FAs (also known as the Freelancer Awards.) We’ve been friends with the good people at YJ for a little while now, but last night’s ceremony was the first time we properly got a chance to see the great work they do in person.

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2017 Autumn Budget: Reaction Round-Up

Budget Round-Up 2017

A couple of weeks on from the 2017 Autumn Budget, the dust has settled. It’s fair to say that the reaction, from a contracting perspective at least, was mixed. On the one hand, the government took a big step closer towards extending its much-maligned clampdown on IR35 into the private sector. On the other, there was a clear effort at a more conciliatory approach towards the flexible working market than many expected.  The immediate tax hikes and Draconian reform of previous years were replaced by a stream of consultations and discussion documents. An unsteady half step forward, then, rather than one giant leap back.

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The Kingsbridge Walk

Kingsbridge Walk 1

At what was an unearthly hour, huddled in Winchcombe Library car park an amazing turn-out of over 30 from the Tewkesbury office congregated in the persistent rain to start our 18-mile voyage of discovery over the Cotswolds.

Spurred on by the strong enthusiasm to tackle any challenge, in the usual Kingsbridge-way, and the outside possibility of seeing the start of England v. Argentina game, the team set off with blistering pace. The gloomy conditions were offset by the extremely enjoyable conversation, light-hearted banter and that Kingsbridge camaraderie.

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Leading recruitment agency Rullion has teamed up with Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance to deliver on client demands

Rullion Kingsbridge

UK-based recruiter Rullion announce their partnership with contractor insurance specialists, Kingsbridge, following an increase in client audits.

With insurance checks becoming a key factor in client audits and the contractor market under continual scrutiny, this new partnership is an essential step to help Rullion future-proof their compliance processes and satisfy their client’s contractual requirements.

Rullion’s Board Director, Phil Higgins states, “This is an important move for us in making sure we’re meeting our clients’ needs. We’re confident that Kingsbridge’s processes support our existing candidate base, offering a long-term solution in protecting our contractors, whilst improving the efficiency of the insurance checking process.”

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