Kingsbridge at National Freelancers Day 2017

On 8th June we attended this year’s National Freelancers Day. We couldn’t have been prouder. Although we’ve attended several in the past, IPSE’s flagship event was bigger and better than ever before. In tandem with the ever-growing number of contractors and freelancers in the UK, NFD has grown from a relatively small gathering to a multi-site behemoth with over 20 events across the UK this year.

As vocal and avid supporters of the self-employed ourselves, we’re strong advocates of the excellent work IPSE put in to get their voices heard. This year’s NFD welcomed over 400 attendees, a testament, as IPSE note, “to the growing strength and importance of the freelancing community.”

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10 Years of Contracting

Kingsbridge 10th Anniversary

A lot can happen in 10 years. Unexpected champions emerge. Countries can rise and fall. Our world gets smaller and our borders close as our horizons expand. But what about closer to home? As regular readers of this blog will know by now, Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Whilst we like to think of ourselves as a company with an eye very much on the future we, like everyone else, enjoy the chance to revel in nostalgia every now and then.

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National Freelancers Day 2017

National Freelancers Day 2017

As champions of contractors, freelancers, and the self-employed we’re delighted to announce that we’ve joined the list of sponsors for National Freelancers Day 2017. With the number of self-employed workers in the UK increasing year on year their contribution to the economic landscape of the UK continues to grow.

Thursday 8th June will mark the 9th annual NFD celebration. Curated and hosted by our good friends at IPSE, this year’s event will take place at King’s Place in central London (right next to King’s Cross station). Whether you’re a student designer or a veteran engineer, there’ll be something for you.

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Kingsbridge Turns 10: Family Fun Day

Kingsbridge 10th Birthday

As we’ve mentioned once or twice on these pages before, Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance is celebrating its 10th birthday this summer. Whilst most 10 year olds would be delighted with an Owlicorn Hatchimal or a Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster (yes, we had to Google those), we’re doing something a little different.

Later in June we’ll be throwing our own birthday party for staff (and their families). Unfortunately we couldn’t find room for pass the parcel or musical chairs, but we do have one or two back-ups including:

  • Funfair stalls (cork shooting, hook a duck, tin can alley)
  • Bouncy castles
  • Face painting
  • A bucking bronco
  • Total wipeout
  • Ferret racing
  • Falconry
  • Bandeoke
  • Popcorn
  • Organic ice lollies
  • A hog roast
  • A barbecue

We’ll be covering more of our 10th birthday shenanigans on the blog over the next few weeks, so if you’re a fan of pictures of senior management members letting loose on giant inflatable castles do make sure to check in.

In the meantime take a look at the poster we’ve put together for the event above. Early weather forecasts suggest a ‘partly sunny’ day in the low 20’s – good enough for us! Here’s hoping it stays that way.

The Big Cheese (Evening)

Wine Cheese Evening

Although we know everything there is to know about insurance here at Kingsbridge HQ, there are one or two things we’re not quite as sharp on. Cheese is one. Wine is another. As part of our series of staff events we thought we’d try and remedy the situation.

In a former life Mark Everett, one of our Business Development Managers, was an esteemed oenologist. In his current life, friend of Kingsbridge Henry Ravenhill helps to run the excellent Woefuldane Organic Dairy. We brought Mark and Henry together and asked them to draw up a list of cheeses with a selection of wines to complement them.

As Mark would readily point out, getting the right mix is somewhat dependent on the palette of the person sampling the goods. Whilst the combination of a slice of Roquefort and a 2011 Castel nau de Suduiraut might be masterful to some, it might leave others a little nonplussed. Nonetheless, everyone dived in with élan.

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Kingsbridge Hand Heavy Defeat to 1st Option in Local Derby

Kingsbridge Football

It’s not often that a serene weekday evening at the end of March produces a football match for the ages. But then it’s not often that the mighty Kingsbridge Casuals face-up to close rivals 1st Option FC. The leafy confines of Stratford-upon-Avon provided a suitably deceptive location for a thunderous battle between two evenly-matched sides (on paper, at least.) Were it not for the unfortunate lack of substitutes on the 1st Option bench it’s likely that proceedings would have been closer, but after a promising start the match ended a one-sided affair: 15 – 8 to the men in yellow and black.

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Kingsbridge Easter Egg-stravaganza

Easter Giveaway

‘Tis the season for indecent amounts of chocolate and an apparently endless array of terrible, egg-based puns. Not being ones to miss out on the fun, we’ve decided to double down on both.

Between now and Thursday 13th April we’re giving away a free personalised Easter egg with every policy purchase made online or over the phone. It couldn’t be easier to egg-splain – simply complete your purchase as normal, and you’ll receive your very own Easter egg in the post a few days later. Why not whisk it?

You can purchase your insurance on our website here. Alternatively, you can give one of our eggs-pert Customer Service Advisors a call on 01242 808740.

Kingsbridge Expansion Continues

New Kingsbridge Office

We all grow up (eventually). There comes a time when we have to move on to bigger and better things. Since we formed Kingsbridge in 2001 we’ve grown year on year. We’ve moved from a small barn in the middle of the countryside to having offices in several major UK cities. We opened our first London hub earlier this year. But we still haven’t finished.

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Spring Budget 2017 – The Kingsbridge View

Spring Budget 2017

“Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word,” Charles de Gaulle once noted. Although the principle isn’t quite the same in this case, it would seem that Phillip Hammond might be quite surprised at the disappointed reaction to his announcement that Class 4 NIC payments for the self-employed will rise by 2% up to 11% by 2019.

Why the consternation? Hammond’s announcement is a direct volte-face of a previous Tory manifesto commitment made by his predecessor as Chancellor, George Osborne. In fact, as Chuka Umunna noted on Twitter during the Budget announcement, the 2015 Conservative manifesto promised four times not to raise National Insurance.

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New Faces at Kingsbridge (Part 2)

Late last year we introduced you to a few new members of the Kingsbridge team. For the nostalgic among you, that post can be revisited here. Fast forward three months and there are plenty of new faces in our Tewkesbury HQ. So many, in fact, that we’re running out of space.

With another successful year behind us, and plans for many more successful years ahead, having the right staff in place is a fundamental catalyst for the growth we expect to see. Below, meet (deep breath): Barley Spurway, Sophia Chance-Hyett, George Bingle, Anna Cullimore, Julian Short, Mike Halliwell, and Chloe Delgado-Chance.

Kingsbridge Meet the Team

Name: Barley Spurway

Job Role: Business Development Executive

About: Barley joined Kingsbridge in November 2016, having previously worked in the recruitment industry. Barley forms an integral part of our Business Development team, using the knowledge she acquired in her previous role to bring in new partners, as well as speaking to the recruiters we deal with on a daily basis.

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