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.
“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.
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.
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.
Kingsbridge are delighted to announce that we’ve opened new offices in the heart of London. Situated in Moorgate, we’ve taken space in one of WeWork’s co-working office hubs. WeWork have a number of thriving office communities with a focus on freelancers, start-ups, and tech businesses.
Not only does WeWork afford the Kingsbridge London team the opportunity to work in a contemporary and flexible environment, it also positions us right at the bustling centre of an insurance hub and in a place where a large number of our partners and customers work.
Going forward we will be looking to grow our team further in London as Kingsbridge continues its expansion at pace. Our London base will also act as a nerve centre for our existing team – both those who already work in the city, and those coming up from our other offices for meetings and events.
In addition to our own staff, we’re more than happy for our partners to come by, visit, and grab a desk if they need to. With free beer on tap from 3pm, we’re better equipped to serve and accommodate visitors than ever before.
We’re thrilled to have laid our first foundations in the country’s most important city, and look forward to continued success and growth in the months and years ahead.
Did you know that, by the start of 2014, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills estimated that 99.3% of UK private sector businesses were small and medium-sized enterprises (better known as SMEs)? Their combined £1.6 trillion annual turnover accounted for 47% of private sector turnover.
Despite all the political, social, and economic doom and gloom that wrapped around 2016 like a suffocating vine, Britain’s self-employed continued to rage against the dying of the light. Damian Hinds, the current Employment Minister, recently hailed “the resilience of the UK labour market”, citing the fact that Britain’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.8% – its lowest level in over a decade. Coupled with that, the Office of National Statistics’ employment report for July – September 2016 revealed that the number of self-employed rose to 4.79 million, an increase of 213,000 for the year. That figure now equates to over 15% of the total UK workforce.
Why mention the above? Because instead of the recognition and support they deserve, contractors, freelancers and the self-employed found themselves under sustained attack in the 2016 Autumn Statement.
Regular readers of this blog will know that we held the first Kingsbridge No Email Day last month. Such was its success, we’ve decided to make it a (semi) regular occurrence. No Email Day II (all sequel-based puns welcome) arrives at Kingsbridge on Thursday 17th November. The rules remain the same – see below for our original rationale.
We’re throwing a little extra ‘carrot’ into the mix this time too – there’ll be treats laid on for all staff, and all workers will be encouraged to dress down for the day.
Expect an ecstatic review of NED II in due course.
As a rapidly growing company, we’re always on the lookout for new staff at Kingsbridge. In the last month or two we’ve added quite a few new faces to the team, and we wanted to take a minute to introduce you to our most recent recruits. Below, meet Sophie Harrington, Sean Walker, Tanya Walters, Tessa Whittock, and Ben Fox.
Name: Sophie Harrington
Job Role: Customer Services Administrator
Previous: Sophie joined the Kingsbridge team after six fruitful years at the John Lewis Partnership. She will be looking after the daily concerns of our client base, as well as making sure that all policies run smoothly. If you call Kingsbridge (and you’re more than welcome to – it’s 01242 808740) Sophie’s will likely be the first voice you hear.
Press Release: APSCo Affiliate of the Year awarded to recruitment specialists Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance
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Tuesday 18th October saw the second major award win of the year for the team at Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance. Following on from their triumph at the 2016 UK Broker Awards, where they won the prestigious Customer Service Award, Kingsbridge went on to collect the gong for Affiliate Member of the Year at the 2016 APSCo Awards for Excellence.