The cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said that “happiness is a warm puppy.” He wasn’t wrong. Multiple studies have proven that bringing a dog to work helps to significantly reduce stress. It can also increase employee satisfaction, improve morale, and promote an atmosphere of teamwork and communication. Most importantly, however, dogs are just really cute.
Kingsbridge Group, the UK’s leading provider of specialist insurance services to contractors, freelancers and the recruitment and utilities industries, has appointed James Twining as its Group Chief Executive with immediate effect.
Most recently, James was Group Commercial Director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc (JLT), a role encompassing group strategy, M&A and marketing. During his time there, James also acted as Chairman and Chief Executive of its former Thistle subsidiary. James joined JLT in 2011 from McKinsey & Co. and was appointed to its main Board in 2012.
Although it might feel like it’s here already, it doesn’t officially become autumn until 22nd September. For us, it’s a time of year full of competition, ceremony and celebration. The vast majority of our industry awards take place between September and December, and we’ll be attending a few this time around.
Customers have always been the cornerstone of Kingsbridge, the strong foundation on which our business is built. Although we’re always delighted to pick up nominations for our business and the products we offer, it’s the nominations we receive for customer service that mean the most to us.
If you’re new to freelancing or contracting and you’re after some advice from seasoned professionals then today’s your lucky day!
We recently took some time to gather a few of the best tips a new freelancer or contractor could possibly wish for.
We spoke to a number of contractors and freelancers who have all been there and done it. Read on for their advice.
Thinking of taking your career into your own hands? If you’re toying with the idea of becoming a contractor or freelancer, there are a few things that are useful to know before you start. Read on below and see if it’s still the career for you!
You actually don’t need much money to start
To start freelancing you don’t need a whole load of money, but you do need bags of passion and enough time to invest in your new business. Time has to be spent on building yourself a presence and being driven enough to submit proposal after proposal, even when you get knocked back time and time again. Passion certainly conquers all in this game and if you’re doing what you love, it’ll keep you interested and motivated to always do better.
Let’s face it – this isn’t the best time of the year. We’ve just had our last bank holiday for quite a while and it seems summer is well and truly over.
But all is not lost. Have you been thinking about purchasing insurance with Kingsbridge recently? If so we’ve got something that might help you make that decision.
For two days only, on Wednesday 30 August and Thursday 31 August, we’re offering one last post-bank holiday blowout.
Buy our standard cover we’ll still give you a £25 Amazon voucher. If you buy our standard policy, plus our legal expenses and cyber liability products, it gets even better. We’ll give you a £50 Amazon voucher as a thank you.
Qualifying for this promotion is easy. All you need to do is complete your purchase before 11.59pm on 31 August 2017.
We asked our good friends at iContract to put together a blog post for us on their platform and how it fits in with the future of contracting. Read on below for more!
It was recently reported that by 2020 50% of the UK working population will be self-employed. A quite staggering prediction, but also inspiring knowing that many people in today’s workforce want to enjoy the many benefits that come with working for yourself.
Giving evidence to this statistical claim is the rise of contracting. Contracting is proving to be a popular career choice for many, particularly in the financial and tech sectors. Despite being an industry that has experienced its fair share of headlines this year with changes to IR35, the Government u-turn over National Insurance contributions, and the ongoing Brexit debate, contracting still shows no signs of slowing down. It has been reported that the traditionally slower months of summer are still showing a healthy demand when it comes to hiring contractors this year.
Three quarters of UK SME’s have suffered security breaches in the last 12 months
Kingsbridge, the contractor insurance specialist, has launched its new Cyber Liability cover, which is designed to proactively help and protect contractors manage and deal with a cyber attack or data breach. It follows a dramatic increase in the number of cyber security attacks on businesses and follows recent research from the Association of British Insurers stating that three quarters of UK SME’s have suffered security breaches in the last 12 months.
If you’re a setting out engineer it’s more than likely you’ve seen a rise in your insurance premiums recently (or, in some cases, a point-blank refusal from insurers to provide appropriate cover).
Whilst the exact reasons for changes in average premiums are down to each insurer, it’s more than likely that the industry has seen an uptick in claims made against setting out engineers recently. Couple that with the risks that are often associated with such a precise task, and an unfortunate recipe for increased cost is created.
That’s where we come in. You might have seen our price promise already, but it’s worth reiterating. In the event that you find the same policy cover at a lower price with another UK company, we’ll refund the difference. It’s that simple.
Regular readers of the Kingsbridge blog will know that we’ve been making a few changes to our Tewkesbury HQ over the summer. Having outgrown our original office, we took the opportunity to take on the building next door too.
Whilst late spring and early summer was spent working amidst a mass of cables, we’ve been fine tuning from June onwards. Having a bit more space has allowed us to invest in a few nice perks. We thought we’d take you through a few.