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Want a Love Island Water Bottle?

Love Island

Our current top 3 Love Island facts:

  • Significantly more young people applied to appear on the latest season of Love Island than applied to either Oxford or Cambridge (104,000 vs. 23,500 in case you were wondering)
  • Since series 1 the kitchen, smoking area, and outdoor table in the villa have been made much bigger. Why? For “added DRAMZ”, to quote our reliable sources at Heat
  • Although lunch and dinner are made for them, the contestants have to make their own breakfast. Tough!

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Viva Barcelona!

Barcelona

There are lots of great things about Barcelona. There’s the football, obviously – Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and all the rest. The architecture of Gaudí and Montaner. The beaches. Van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. Even that Freddie Mercury song. In short, it’s one of Europe’s finest cities. So what better place for the Kingsbridge Partnership team to spend a long weekend in?

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Sportsmanship in contracting and freelancing

Sportsmanship

July 2018 is proving to be an epic month for sport. The British Grand Prix has sped past, Wimbledon has been served up, the Tour de France is kicking into gear, The Open will soon be teeing off and the Hockey Women’s World Cup is set to flick away. Oh, and there’s been some football on too but we’ve not heard much about that…

All this athleticism has got us thinking about notions of sportsmanship and what that means for contractors and freelancers in their professional lives.

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Kingsbridge in the Community: Tewkesbury in Bloom

Tewkesbury in Bloom

Aside from its prominence in the news whenever there is national flooding, the Medieval town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire is famous as the site of the 1471 Battle of the Roses, and for its mustard (which even warranted a mention in some of Shakespeare’s works). Of greater note though is that since 2010 Tewkesbury is the home of Kingsbridge’s HQ and the lion’s share of its 80+ employees.

It was fitting therefore that Tewkesbury town was the first beneficiary of Kingsbridge’s new volunteering programme which saw a team of workers spend the day supporting ‘Tewkesbury in Bloom’. A charity charged with preparing and maintaining the town for the annual RHS Britain in Bloom competition their work and that of previous volunteers has resulted in Tewkesbury winning eight gold medals in as many years – no pressure!

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Jaguar Land Rover: Brexit Threatens our Investment Plans for UK

Jaguar Land Rover Archery

In the latest sign that Brexit might upset the apple cart more than we’ve been led to believe, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth today warned that a “bad” Brexit deal would have serious ramifications for the company’s £80bn investment plans for the UK.

Crucially, JLR is one of the single biggest employers of contractor workers in the country. The prospect of curtailing their UK operation as a result of Brexit, therefore, would have severe implications for a large number of contractors currently working there.

Though JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, have been at pains to state that their “heart and soul is in the UK” it noted that without frictionless trade its UK investment plans would be in “jeopardy”.

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Bring Your Dog To Work Day (Round 2)

pablo

Regular readers of this blog might remember our first Bring Your Dog To Work Day last year. If you don’t, you can refresh your memory (and take in some excellent pictures of puppies) here. Last week, we had round 2. This time we joined up with the good people at Hownd to support a very worthwhile cause. It goes without saying that much fun was had by all.

Although the jury remains firmly on whether having pets in the office increases productivity, we can say for sure that morale (both human and animal) was boosted. A big thank you to Bowie, Sadie, Lottie, Sammie, Eddie, Pepper, Draco, Peggy, Clay, Teddy, Connie and Harley and their humans for coming in. Enjoy a selection of our favourite pictures from the day below (and check back in next June for round 3.)

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‘Self-employed’ Hermes couriers entitled to workers rights, tribunal finds

Hermes Self-Employed

Hot on the heels of the landmark Supreme Court decision that classified a Pimlico Plumbers contractor as a worker, thereby allowing him access to working rights previously only accessible to the ‘traditionally’ employed, comes another ruling that could further blur the lines between workers and the self-employed.

Earlier this week an employment tribunal in Leeds ruled that a group of 65 Hermes couriers were entitled to employment rights, minimum wage and holiday pay. In what amounts to one of the most significant victories against what some have called the exploitation of gig economy workers, the couriers are also now able to reclaim unlawful deductions from their wages that had arisen as a result of their classification as self-employed.

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GDPR for contractors and freelancers: have you missed anything?

GDPR

We’ve updated our privacy policy.

Before you chuck your laptop or tablet across the room, don’t worry – we’re just kidding. Well, we have updated it, but that’s not what this blog is about.

We’re not telling you what you need to do if you want us to be able to stay in touch, but rather making sure you know how, as a contractor or freelancer, GDPR might have affected you and how it could affect your business if you don’t take action.

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Bring Your Dog To Work Day 2

Bring Your Dog To Work Day

Keen cynophilist’s among you may know that today is officially Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Some of you might even be lucky enough to have a furry friend or two in the office as you’re reading this.

We’re big fans of the initiative here at Kingsbridge HQ. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that we tried our own unofficial version. Besides the obvious benefits – dogs are just so cute – it’s been proven that having a pet at work boosts morale, heightens productivity, and just generally makes the working environment a better and more engaging place to be.

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TSB: a lesson for contractors

TSB

With the fallout still rumbling on from the complete failure that was the introduction of TSB’s new IT system in April, it really does highlight just how badly things can go wrong – particularly for IT contractors working with big companies.

Mistakes can’t be just “dealt with” without anyone noticing and there’s the potential to cause massive disruption to a lot of people. Also worthy of note here is the recent fiasco at Northern Rail: when things go wrong they go spectacularly and publicly wrong.

So, what can contractors, particularly IT contractors, learn from these massive, disruptive and very, very public debacles? Here are a few lessons that could be learnt.

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