The Rise of the Self Employed

The rise of the self employed over the last decade or so has been remarkable. The number of people who work for themselves is now at a 40 year high in the UK, and it continues to grow. Check out our latest infographic below, where we break down the numbers of contractors and freelancers across gender, location, income and more. Have you made the move to self employment in the last ten years? How is it working for you? Let us know what you think in the comments below, or over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Rise of the Self Employed



A guide to insurance speak – all the terms every contractor needs to know

Key Insurance Terms

Contractor insurance comes with a lot of related jargon and we understand that it’s easy to become bogged down in what all of these industry specific terms actually mean.

Not to fear! You don’t have to swallow a dictionary in order to understand your contractor insurance policy. We’ve collected some of the key terms you’re likely to come across when searching for insurance cover to make the terrain a bit easier to navigate, and to save you some valuable time!

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The rise and fall of worldwide oil prices

Rise Fall Oil Prices Infographic

It’s well known that the year from January 2014 to January 2015 was a tumultuous one for the oil industry. By the end of January 2015 crude oil prices had dipped to their lowest in five years, dropping down to just under $50 a barrel.  In our infographic we take a look at how that year unfolded, and the impact it had on those countries reliant on oil production. You can view it by clicking on the image above, or at this link right here. What do you think? Did the fluctuations have an impact on you or your job? Let us know what you think in the comments below, or over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Our Budget reaction: What impact will it have on the contractor community?

Summer Budget Reaction

The first Conservative-only Budget in 19 years took place in the House of Commons yesterday and whilst there were some positives, the Tories announced a number of changes which will undoubtedly affect contractors in a negative way, with contractor dividends, expenses, and IR35 among the areas targeted by the Chancellor.

Chris Bryce, CEO of IPSE, noted: “The combination of the action on dividends, clamping down on travel and subsistence and potentially toughening up IR35 legislation could leave many contractors feeling pretty sore.”

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What changes would contractors like to see under the new Conservative government?

David Cameron

The official State Opening of Parliament took place on Wednesday 27th May, with the Queen’s Speech outlining the new Tory government’s agenda and proposed legislation for the upcoming parliamentary session.

Just over a month into their new five year term in government all eyes in the contracting community are focused firmly on what pre-election promises Cameron’s Conservatives are likely to come good on. In this blog we’re going to look at some of the most important aspects of working life in the UK that will make a contractors life easier, more secure and more profitable.

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Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle: key ministers for contractors

Sajid Javid

Much ink has been spilled, including by us here at Kingsbridge HQ, about the all new single party Tory government that few of us were expecting for the next five years. One of the key concerns for contractors, of course, is what policies the party will introduce that support the working life and growth of the independent professional sector.

However, of equal concern are the ministers that hold strategically important positions for contractors. Those that understand and appreciate the unique position that contractors hold in the landscape of modern British business and can advocate on their behalf are a necessity if independent professionals are to flourish and continue to play an important role in the UK’s economic recovery.

Here we’re going to take a look at some of the ministers that will play a significant role in the working lives of contractors for the next five years of Conservative government.

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Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance

Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance

We’ve got some exciting news from Kingsbridge HQ. From today we’ll be known as Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance. If you currently hold a policy with us you don’t need to worry – nothing is changing apart from our name and website address. You’ll still get all the familiar benefits, the same excellent customer service, and the unbeatable, comprehensive insurance cover. You can now find us online at

Why the change? Since our very first day we’ve always been fully committed to contractors and independent professionals, and we wanted to reaffirm that commitment by changing the most visible part of our business: our name.

Since we formed Kingsbridge in 2007 we’ve seen the contractor community grow from strength to strength, and we’re proud to have been a part of that. As the contractor marketplace continues to develop, we’ll be there with our experience and our expertise, providing you with the insurance cover you’ll need to protect yourself in business. As always, if you need to discuss insurance, or if you have any questions about working as a contractor or an independent professional, we’d be happy to hear from you. You can contact us on 01242 362176, at, or on Twitter @KingsbridgeCI.

Getting accredited: the benefits of professional memberships


Trust is a remarkable thing, especially in the world of contracting. If a client trusts you and the quality of your work then you build a reputation as a trustworthy professional and this can do wonders for your career and the opportunities to which you are exposed.

During the course of your career as a contractor you may have considered joining a professional body and becoming accredited as a way of further cementing client trust in your work.  You may have already done so as a result of certain, industry specific legislation, or you may be considering doing so for the business benefits. In this blog we’re going to look at some of the ways that becoming an accredited contractor can add value to your business.

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Ten of the Greatest Engineering Feats

Engineering Feats

This one’s for all the engineers out there. Sometimes we tend to take the amazing things around us for granted. We often forget that people are capable of momentous achievements, whether individually or together. To pay tribute to those men and women who put some of the greatest construction feats ever into action, we’ve designed an infographic showcasing what it took to build each one. Did you know, for example, that the Panama Canal took 34 years to construct, or that the Trans-Siberian Rail Road runs though 8 different time zones? You do now! There’s plenty more to find out about the world’s greatest engineering feats too – check out the infographic by clicking on the image above or by clicking right here.


Compliance a vital factor as the number of contractors continues to rise


New figures released have indicated that the number of individuals entering the contractor and freelancer community has dramatically increased over the last 7 years.

Research published towards the end of April 2015 illustrates that there are now 1.88 million independent professionals in the UK. The study, which was carried out by Kingston University and commissioned by IPSE concludes that there has been over a 35% increase in highly skilled contractors since 2008.

Moreover, recent numbers from Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance, a specialist insurance broker for contractors and freelancers, support the fact that there is a strong growth in the importance of compliance and meeting obligations in the contracting market.

Dedicated to assisting contractors with their insurance needs, Kingsbridge have seen a strong increase in the number of contractors taking out an insurance policy with the company during 2015, clearing indicating that compliance is a significant factor.

Thomas Wynne, Head of Business Development at Kingsbridge comments: “the last few months have been phenomenal, particularly with our team reaching record policy numbers. This is a clear indication that not only is the freelancer market increasing, but, with Kingsbridge offering a comprehensive insurance cover package, our policy is meeting all of the necessary compliant requirements for contractors.”

It is highly recommended that all contractors have adequate insurance in place before undertaking any role to cover their main exposures and meet contractual obligations, and based on these recent results in the contracting market this could be an exciting and important time for Kingsbridge.

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