Unfortunately, football never did make it home. With the World Cup now safely in the rear-view mirror and the agony of a semi-final defeat beginning to subside just a little, we can reflect on a job well done. As many an armchair pundit has noted, had we been offered a semi-final berth before the tournament started most of us would have accepted it gladly. That being said, the nagging feeling that we won’t get as good a chance again still persists. But it’s not all ‘nearly’ this and ‘what if’ that.
Many a day at Kingsbridge HQ is spent either behind a desk on a computer or (quite literally) out on the road, travelling to and from meetings. It’s all for the greater good of course, but sometimes we do like to step out and experience some of the outside world. Often, as a sign of our gratitude towards them, we like to do this with the partners we work with. The last month was no exception.
In May some of the Kingsbridge team, along with guests, hit the races in Chester and paid a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show. Both events provided an excellent opportunity for us to get to know our partner companies even better, giving both us and them a chance to get out of the office and relax. It also gives us a moment to thank those key decision makers in person.
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.
Our good friends over at Brookson recently published their predictions for next week’s Autumn Statement (taking place on 23rd November). Read on below for Victoria McDonnell’s thoughts on what might transpire:
This year, the Autumn Statement is set to be a pinnacle moment for the new government, as the Tory administration is known to be keen to roll-out its vision for the economy post-Brexit and; dare we mention something even more divisive, post-Trump.
But if it was up to the estimated 1.4million contractors, freelancers and self-employed professionals in the UK, a chunk of whom are our clients, Autumn Statement 2016 would be more granular and less ‘big picture.’ From talking with them, we know that these independent workers want less red tape, more legislative clarity and initiatives or tax rate changes able to genuinely benefit professionals who work via a PSC or umbrella company.
The role that women play in the freelancing and contracting community has been undervalued for some time. With a recent report confirming the fact that more working mothers are now choosing to become freelancers, we were delighted to see Victoria McDonnell’s recent article over on the Brookson blog celebrating the fact.
26th April saw the annual IPSE Policy Conference take shape on its greatest stage yet. Attended by luminaries from the worlds of politics and industry, as well as IPSE members and thought leaders from a variety of sectors, the conference was a great success. From David Cameron’s introductory speech to Small Business Minister Anna Soubry’s impassioned defence of the self-employed, it’s clear that the political heavy hitters are taking more notice of contractors and freelancers than they ever have before.
Julie Deane, author of February’s excellent, government-commissioned Self-Employment Review and founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, also spoke, reiterating her views on how important the self-employed are to the economic landscape in the UK, and noting how freelancers contributed £109bn to the economy last year. You can read more about what happened on the day courtesy of IPSE here and Pulse Accounting here.
Kingsbridge were delighted to sponsor the post-conference Chairman’s dinner, hosted by Miles Jupp, at the Park Lane Hilton in London. The food, as expected, was wonderful, and it was great to celebrate the occasion with many of our existing partners. It was also an excellent opportunity for us to see some new faces and make some new connections in the contracting and freelancing industry. Much fun was had by all, as evidenced by the pictures below.