Kingsbridge Introduces 1-Year Run-Off Cover

Run-Off Cover

When it comes to insurance, we understand that it’s a purchase most people want to make use of when they need it but think very little about when they don’t. If you’re a contractor it’s likely to be an essential part of your working life. But what happens when you down tools, or move into standard employment?

Most contractors assume that the end of a contract means the end of any liability. Unfortunately, that’s not actually the case. Claims can be made for months, or even years, after work has been completed.

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Specialist broker Kingsbridge announces number of senior promotions

Kingsbridge Promotions

Tewkesbury-based specialist insurance broker Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance, part of the Kingsbridge Group, is pleased to announce a number of promotions within the organisation. In another success story for the fast-growing company, long-serving employees Thomas Wynne, Liam Green, and James Ledingham have been elevated into Directorial positions. All three have been involved in the business since its infancy, and have fulfilled a number of roles throughout their tenures.

Thomas moves from Business Development Director to Managing Director of KCI, taking over responsibility for all sales activities of the division. James becomes Operating Director of KCI, moving on from Head of Implementation. James will lead a number of key projects Kingsbridge has coming up in the future. Liam moves from Head of Underwriting to Underwriting Director, further expanding his responsibilities in the area of insurer relations and operations.

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Want a Love Island Water Bottle?

Love Island

Our current top 3 Love Island facts:

  • Significantly more young people applied to appear on the latest season of Love Island than applied to either Oxford or Cambridge (104,000 vs. 23,500 in case you were wondering)
  • Since series 1 the kitchen, smoking area, and outdoor table in the villa have been made much bigger. Why? For “added DRAMZ”, to quote our reliable sources at Heat
  • Although lunch and dinner are made for them, the contestants have to make their own breakfast. Tough!

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Viva Barcelona!

Barcelona

There are lots of great things about Barcelona. There’s the football, obviously – Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and all the rest. The architecture of Gaudí and Montaner. The beaches. Van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. Even that Freddie Mercury song. In short, it’s one of Europe’s finest cities. So what better place for the Kingsbridge Partnership team to spend a long weekend in?

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Sportsmanship in contracting and freelancing

Sportsmanship

July 2018 is proving to be an epic month for sport. The British Grand Prix has sped past, Wimbledon has been served up, the Tour de France is kicking into gear, The Open will soon be teeing off and the Hockey Women’s World Cup is set to flick away. Oh, and there’s been some football on too but we’ve not heard much about that…

All this athleticism has got us thinking about notions of sportsmanship and what that means for contractors and freelancers in their professional lives.

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Kingsbridge in the Community: Tewkesbury in Bloom

Tewkesbury in Bloom

Aside from its prominence in the news whenever there is national flooding, the Medieval town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire is famous as the site of the 1471 Battle of the Roses, and for its mustard (which even warranted a mention in some of Shakespeare’s works). Of greater note though is that since 2010 Tewkesbury is the home of Kingsbridge’s HQ and the lion’s share of its 80+ employees.

It was fitting therefore that Tewkesbury town was the first beneficiary of Kingsbridge’s new volunteering programme which saw a team of workers spend the day supporting ‘Tewkesbury in Bloom’. A charity charged with preparing and maintaining the town for the annual RHS Britain in Bloom competition their work and that of previous volunteers has resulted in Tewkesbury winning eight gold medals in as many years – no pressure!

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Jaguar Land Rover: Brexit Threatens our Investment Plans for UK

Jaguar Land Rover Archery

In the latest sign that Brexit might upset the apple cart more than we’ve been led to believe, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth today warned that a “bad” Brexit deal would have serious ramifications for the company’s £80bn investment plans for the UK.

Crucially, JLR is one of the single biggest employers of contractor workers in the country. The prospect of curtailing their UK operation as a result of Brexit, therefore, would have severe implications for a large number of contractors currently working there.

Though JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, have been at pains to state that their “heart and soul is in the UK” it noted that without frictionless trade its UK investment plans would be in “jeopardy”.

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Bring Your Dog To Work Day (Round 2)

pablo

Regular readers of this blog might remember our first Bring Your Dog To Work Day last year. If you don’t, you can refresh your memory (and take in some excellent pictures of puppies) here. Last week, we had round 2. This time we joined up with the good people at Hownd to support a very worthwhile cause. It goes without saying that much fun was had by all.

Although the jury remains firmly on whether having pets in the office increases productivity, we can say for sure that morale (both human and animal) was boosted. A big thank you to Bowie, Sadie, Lottie, Sammie, Eddie, Pepper, Draco, Peggy, Clay, Teddy, Connie and Harley and their humans for coming in. Enjoy a selection of our favourite pictures from the day below (and check back in next June for round 3.)

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‘Self-employed’ Hermes couriers entitled to workers rights, tribunal finds

Hermes Self-Employed

Hot on the heels of the landmark Supreme Court decision that classified a Pimlico Plumbers contractor as a worker, thereby allowing him access to working rights previously only accessible to the ‘traditionally’ employed, comes another ruling that could further blur the lines between workers and the self-employed.

Earlier this week an employment tribunal in Leeds ruled that a group of 65 Hermes couriers were entitled to employment rights, minimum wage and holiday pay. In what amounts to one of the most significant victories against what some have called the exploitation of gig economy workers, the couriers are also now able to reclaim unlawful deductions from their wages that had arisen as a result of their classification as self-employed.

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GDPR for contractors and freelancers: have you missed anything?

GDPR

We’ve updated our privacy policy.

Before you chuck your laptop or tablet across the room, don’t worry – we’re just kidding. Well, we have updated it, but that’s not what this blog is about.

We’re not telling you what you need to do if you want us to be able to stay in touch, but rather making sure you know how, as a contractor or freelancer, GDPR might have affected you and how it could affect your business if you don’t take action.

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