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Special Announcement - Announcement of the Autumn Statement 2016

The Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond will present his Autumn Statement on the 23rd November 2016.

Orange Genie is delighted to announce it has achieved Investors in People Gold accreditation

To achieve accreditation to this level, Orange Genie was independently assessed against the Investors in People framework organised around the nine key indicators of high performance. Assessment is carried out using surveys, interviews, meetings and observation. The IiP assessor noted that “Orange Genie had faced significant challenges with a range of legislative changes” and that despite these “there is a very positive working culture and high levels of trust; it was very impressive to see they have maintained their high standards in business and people practices.” 

Topics: Investors In People

Brexit - An update from our Finance Director, Ross Baker

At this early stage, there is little detail on how an exit from the European Union will affect contractors in the UK, so it is business as usual. Orange Genie has remained politically neutral during the build up to the vote and will now embrace the decision and the consequences. 

Exit will not be instant, so in the short term, we expect little to change.

Business needs stability and now more than ever it is important to ensure that firms have the right skills in place. Once again, the flexible workforce will be key in ensuring the UK's economy doesn't suffer. We are particularly curious as to how the public sector will be able to resource the skills required to negotiate the exit and start to formulate and implement new and revised UK legislation.

Topics: Genie Accountancy, Genie Education, Orange Genie Group, Genie Umbrella, brexit, eu

Brexit impact on contractor finances

What the Brexit means for your money

Topics: Genie Accountancy, contractors, brexit, eu

Budget 2016 summary: Key points for Contractors & Freelancers...

George Osborne delivered his 8th Budget speech on Wednesday and once again he focused his attention on creating a stronger economy by supporting small business and enterprise. The Government continue to voice their desire to stamp out unfair and deliberate tax avoidance, aiming to raise £12bn through their efforts.

Topics: HMRC, Freelancers, contractors, budget

Money Management as a Freelancer or Contractor...

Prior to making the decision to the start up your own Limited Company, read our advice on managing your money;

Money management as a freelancer or contractor 

Working for yourself as a contractor is exciting and can be hugely rewarding. With the autonomy and control comes a need to manage your affairs and finances. Think about the following money management tips to help you take control of your finances…

Topics: Genie Accountancy, tax saving

Freelancers and Professional Contractors subjected to further uncertainty...

Other than confirmation that legislation will be introduced to restrict tax relief on travel and subsistence for contractors and freelancers working through intermediary companies (umbrella and personal service companies) there was little information within the Autumn Statement. As anticipated this means a further period of uncertainty until the draft legislation is published on 9th December.

Topics: HMRC, contractors, budget

How to promote yourself as a contractor/ freelancer…

Higher rates of pay, flexible working hours and the ability to choose which projects you work on are just some of the many reasons people choose to go contracting. If you do decide to move into contracting you’ll need to know how to best market yourself in order to stand out from the crowd in a competitive field. Let’s take a look at the most successful forms of advertising your services…

Topics: Genie Accountancy, Genie Education, Orange Genie Group, Genie Umbrella