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Byte
31st July 2009, 06:09
Hi there,

i am new to contracting and am looking for an Umbrella solution. I have come across Parasol (PCG offers their umbrella service in association with Parasol), PayScheme+, Carrington Umbrella to name a few.

Do you have any recommendation or advice?

ferret
31st July 2009, 09:06
Hi Byte,

There are lots of threads on the forum here giving views on various umbrella companies. You may get some personal recommendations here and you can also look at the directory of umbrella companies (http://www.contractoruk.com/directory/umbrella_companies.html) on the main site.

Ferret

Byte
31st July 2009, 12:15
Hi Ferret,

Thank you. I actually browsed through the threads before posting. There have been mixed reviews about Parasol. Contractor Umbrella has more positive reviews i guess. Orange Genie has some. There are few more. There is a list of umbrellas with more negative reviews and I am totally avoiding it.

What I am looking for is the recommendations or advice based on the recent services by the umbrella companies (for eg there was a post about some particular Parasol service which had negative vibes).

I'll continue browsing related forums here but I would appreciate if someone gives any recommendation/advice about the umbrella company they are currently using.

cheers.

mr_woo
31st July 2009, 13:51
I am currently ltd, however would recomend Parasol. Was with them for 18 months without any problems.

MarkOD
31st July 2009, 14:02
i used crystal Umbrella before i went ltd, used parasol also however "wasn't raving"

spig
31st July 2009, 14:17
I've used Parasol without problems. I wouldn't rave about them either, but I find thier service to be acceptable.

Torran
31st July 2009, 14:51
I've used Parasol without problems. I wouldn't rave about them either, but I find thier service to be acceptable.

They pay on time. Its all i really ask from an umbrella. Timesheets and expense procedure is simple too.

spig
31st July 2009, 15:55
They pay on time. Its all i really ask from an umbrella. Timesheets and expense procedure is simple too.

Yes it is simple and they do pay promptly. Also the new website they rolled out a few months ago is much better than the old one, very simple to see when you've submitted timesheets and exes for.

They're also pretty big company, which makes me think they're less likely to go bust in the current climate.

Sometimes I've had to wait a while for an email response and the support phone number is 0845 which I don't like. I was told when signing up I could use a normal number, which isn't true, it's only for new buisness/sales.

I also don't think the payslips are as clear as they could be.

Just started a limited company an hour ago with NW so will be leaving Parasol very shortly.

northernladuk
31st July 2009, 15:58
Parasol worked for me. Bit of a hiccup here and there, sometimes me, sometimes them but sorted in a phone call no problems.

TykeMerc
31st July 2009, 16:31
I've found Orange Genie to be perfectly acceptable in the past.

Giant on the other hand did not provide a satisfactory service.

sal626
31st July 2009, 16:44
360 group aint bad.

http://www.360-group.com/

Used them last year for a few months. They pay promptly..used to invoice on a friday and funds would be in my account by following thursday or friday at the latest.

Byte
1st August 2009, 14:00
Thank you everyone.
So far the positive reviews are for
1. Parasol
2. Orange Genie

Has any one worked with Contractor Umbrell, Payscheme +, or Carrington?

DiscoStu
1st August 2009, 16:45
I used Contractor Umbrella before I went limited and their service is top-notch.

ANSOF
3rd August 2009, 10:12
I am currently using Danbro, had no problems so far. Very helpful staf

Svalbaard
3rd August 2009, 16:20
I'm with Contractor Umbrella and what really swings it for me is the excellent service, and they pay regular as clockwork.

The only downside is that you have to pay for your own professional insurances which makes it more expensive over the course of a year than others such as Parasol.

Board Game Geek
3rd August 2009, 16:39
I'd avoid Parasol. Had some issues with they way they unilaterally introduced a clause in to a contract, which required legal counsel to rip it to pieces.

Byte
11th August 2009, 12:15
I'm with Contractor Umbrella and what really swings it for me is the excellent service, and they pay regular as clockwork.

The only downside is that you have to pay for your own professional insurances which makes it more expensive over the course of a year than others such as Parasol.

Thanks for the details.

Opportunity Knox
12th August 2009, 10:47
Anybody ever used Giant. I had it suggested for a short term contract.

kaiser78
12th August 2009, 20:47
Hi there,

i am new to contracting and am looking for an Umbrella solution. I have come across Parasol (PCG offers their umbrella service in association with Parasol), PayScheme+, Carrington Umbrella to name a few.

Do you have any recommendation or advice?


Golden rule is if you are willing to undertake the admin that goes with running a Ltd company (which isn't a major overhead at all), then go with the Ltd company than Umbrella set up. Much more tax efficient if done properly.

TykeMerc
13th August 2009, 04:54
Anybody ever used Giant. I had it suggested for a short term contract.

I have, I was not at all happy with their service and wouldn't recommend them.

Maloty
13th August 2009, 12:24
Hi Ferret,

Thank you. I actually browsed through the threads before posting. There have been mixed reviews about Parasol. Contractor Umbrella has more positive reviews i guess. Orange Genie has some. There are few more. There is a list of umbrellas with more negative reviews and I am totally avoiding it.

What I am looking for is the recommendations or advice based on the recent services by the umbrella companies (for eg there was a post about some particular Parasol service which had negative vibes).

I'll continue browsing related forums here but I would appreciate if someone gives any recommendation/advice about the umbrella company they are currently using.

cheers.

If your still looking mate for actual testimonials from workers using brollies visit <snip> they helped me decide and my supplier is pretty dam good.