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Autumn Statement 2015

Autumn Statement 2015

As you may already be aware yesterday the Chancellor confirmed his intention to restrict the ability of contractors to get tax relief on travel and subsistence expenses. As of yet the Chancellor has not revealed the details of the changes meaning we cannot yet fully know what the impact will be and who it will […]

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Sports Relief

Sports Relief

Sports relief helps the entire nation get together and get active. It’s all about having fun and raising money, so from the 21st to the 23rd of March, do your bit for Sports Relief. Click here to find out about the events going on in your local area. You could join in on a Swimathon, […]

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Focused's Top Five CV No No's

Focused’s Top Five CV No No’s

We have sifted through hundreds of CVs the good the bad and the ugly, we have compiled just five of the embarrassingly brilliant mistakes floating around the web. At number five our favourite arrogant applicant: “I have guts, drive, ambition and heart, which is probably more than a lot of drones that you have working […]

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There is no such thing as a free lunch!

There is no such thing as a free lunch!

But with Focused you can claim for your lunch every working day so long as you purchase an item of food and drink. Make the claim on your timesheet and dependent on how many hours you are away from home that day, a £5 or £10 allowance will increase your take home pay further. Remember! You […]

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Another milestone for the UK’s best umbrella company

Another milestone for the UK’s best umbrella company

Focused Umbrella gains full membership of Professional Passport

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Dispelling the Top Three Umbrella Myths

Dispelling the Top Three Umbrella Myths

My umbrella company can pay more than yours!

All COMPLIANT umbrella companies will be working to the same set of HMRC guidelines which control the level and type of expenses that can be paid.

The only pay differentiator between COMPLIANT umbrella companies will be their fee or margin. The fee or margin covers all of the costs of running the umbrella company together with the shareholders profits. If it’s too high your contractor will be lining the pockets of their umbrella companies shareholders.

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Top Tips for Claiming Mileage

Top Tips for Claiming Mileage

1. Always ask in the petrol station for a VAT receipt It helps us validate claims quicker if we have your petrol receipt so please either post them to us weekly at Focused, 30 Churchill Square, Kings Hill ME19 4YU or send us a scanned copy with the words PETROL RECEIPT in the subject field. […]

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Why do temps and contractors use an umbrella company?

Why do temps and contractors use an umbrella company?

There are many reasons why people decide to temp, become freelance or pursue contracting as a career choice. Whatever those reasons are, the hassle can be taken out of that choice by using an umbrella company to pay their salary and manage all the necessary paperwork. By using Focused Umbrella, rather than being paid via […]

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Easter Treats - Action For Kids

Easter Treats – Action For Kids

As well as treating our members of staff to Easter treats and goodies we have donated an enormous parcel of 964 mini eggs to Action for Kids. Action for Kids helps disabled children and young people to independence and we felt a worthy cause deserving of a wonderful Easter gift.   We hope you enjoy the […]

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