General Election 2017: Party Manifestos and the Self-Employed

General Election

The Importance of the Self-Employed

We’ve already taken a broader look at what might lie ahead for contractors after Thursday’s General Election. But what about the vote itself? With the polls opening nationwide tomorrow join us as we breakdown the manifestos of each major party (Church of the Militant Elvis Party, this doesn’t include you.)

Before we begin it’s worth noting that the self-employed are likely to have more clout in certain areas of the UK. IPSE recently put together their election breakdown, using constituency data and ONS population statistics to work out where the voice of contractors and freelancers will matter the most.

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2017 General Election – What Should Contractors Expect?

General Election

In light of recent events in London and Manchester talking about politics seems rather redundant. But as we have heard time and again over the last few days and weeks, we must persevere. The UK moves forward scarred and damaged but defiant. At the time of writing this it appears that Thursday’s General Election is very much on.

As Simon McVicker, IPSE’s Director of Policy, pointed out back in April, no one outside of Mrs. May’s immediate cabinet saw an election on the horizon. Back then a Conservative walkover appeared to be a formality but, 6 weeks later, it seems far from a foregone conclusion.

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National Freelancers Day 2017

National Freelancers Day 2017

As champions of contractors, freelancers, and the self-employed we’re delighted to announce that we’ve joined the list of sponsors for National Freelancers Day 2017. With the number of self-employed workers in the UK increasing year on year their contribution to the economic landscape of the UK continues to grow.

Thursday 8th June will mark the 9th annual NFD celebration. Curated and hosted by our good friends at IPSE, this year’s event will take place at King’s Place in central London (right next to King’s Cross station). Whether you’re a student designer or a veteran engineer, there’ll be something for you.

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Kingsbridge Turns 10: Family Fun Day

Kingsbridge 10th Birthday

As we’ve mentioned once or twice on these pages before, Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance is celebrating its 10th birthday this summer. Whilst most 10 year olds would be delighted with an Owlicorn Hatchimal or a Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster (yes, we had to Google those), we’re doing something a little different.

Later in June we’ll be throwing our own birthday party for staff (and their families). Unfortunately we couldn’t find room for pass the parcel or musical chairs, but we do have one or two back-ups including:

  • Funfair stalls (cork shooting, hook a duck, tin can alley)
  • Bouncy castles
  • Face painting
  • A bucking bronco
  • Total wipeout
  • Ferret racing
  • Falconry
  • Bandeoke
  • Popcorn
  • Organic ice lollies
  • A hog roast
  • A barbecue

We’ll be covering more of our 10th birthday shenanigans on the blog over the next few weeks, so if you’re a fan of pictures of senior management members letting loose on giant inflatable castles do make sure to check in.

In the meantime take a look at the poster we’ve put together for the event above. Early weather forecasts suggest a ‘partly sunny’ day in the low 20’s – good enough for us! Here’s hoping it stays that way.

How to Successfully Manage your Time as a Contractor

Time Management

Time management is a skill you’ll continue to develop as your contracting career progresses. As soon as you think you’ve got those skills down to a fine art, you might win a contract that tests them to the maximum.

How you effectively manage your time can be the difference between success and failure as a contractor as it heavily relies on self-discipline.

So how can you successfully manage both your career and your time? Here are three key tips to help you become a time management superstar.

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The Big Cheese (Evening)

Wine Cheese Evening

Although we know everything there is to know about insurance here at Kingsbridge HQ, there are one or two things we’re not quite as sharp on. Cheese is one. Wine is another. As part of our series of staff events we thought we’d try and remedy the situation.

In a former life Mark Everett, one of our Business Development Managers, was an esteemed oenologist. In his current life, friend of Kingsbridge Henry Ravenhill helps to run the excellent Woefuldane Organic Dairy. We brought Mark and Henry together and asked them to draw up a list of cheeses with a selection of wines to complement them.

As Mark would readily point out, getting the right mix is somewhat dependent on the palette of the person sampling the goods. Whilst the combination of a slice of Roquefort and a 2011 Castel nau de Suduiraut might be masterful to some, it might leave others a little nonplussed. Nonetheless, everyone dived in with élan.

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Beat the Insurance Premium Tax Increase!

IPT Increase

Regular readers of the Kingsbridge blog will already be aware that Insurance Premium Tax is rising to 12% from 1st June 2017.  You can read our take on the increase here.

So what does it mean for you? If you’ve been putting off a necessary insurance purchase we’d recommend that you take advantage of the window between now and the end of May.

It’s worth noting that the saving only applies if your policy starts before 1st June. If you were to buy before that date but chose to have the cover start after then you would fall into the 12% bracket.

Getting your cover in place might not be the most exciting of prospects, but it makes sense to save as much money as you can.

If you’re a contractor or freelancer why not get in touch with Kingsbridge? We offer the simplest, most compliant, and most comprehensive self-employed insurance cover in the market. The best possible cover at an unbeatable price. What’s not to like? You can reach one of our friendly Customer Service Team on 01242 808740, or you can head on over to our website and get a quote by clicking the button below.

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Get hired – The Kingsbridge guide to writing a killer CV for contractors

Contractor CV

When it comes to securing your new contracting job, a well put together CV is crucial. Contracting is a competitive industry, with many choosing to take the plunge and become their own boss. How can you make sure you stand out?

At Kingsbridge, we’ve come up with a short guide to writing a killer CV. Hopefully, our pointers will help you to secure your next job!

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