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  1. Urban myth, likely originating with an agency...

    Urban myth, likely originating with an agency somewhere along the line. The average big company has hundreds of suppliers on its books and thousands of invoices to process, from major internationals...
  2. If you want to go direct yo will almost certainly...

    If you want to go direct yo will almost certainly have to satisfy the client's purchasing department that you are a good commercial risk. Hence all the due diligence questions. Most are easily...
  3. Basic economic ones. What is your risk capital if...

    Basic economic ones. What is your risk capital if it all goes wrong. How good is your PI and PLI cover? What is your capitalisation funding if you need to supply materials, licences, support...
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    If a newly created and tiny umbrella with no...

    If a newly created and tiny umbrella with no history can be accredited then you have to ask how rigorous their audit process really is. And that in turns leads to the conclusion that the FSCA offers...
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    You might want to dig a little deeper into EU's...

    You might want to dig a little deeper into EU's owners' history through LinkedIn... Could be that their FCSA position is based on who they were rather than who they are.

    Either way, FCSA are...
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    Ignore the 40%. You get a percentage of the...

    Ignore the 40%. You get a percentage of the agency's fee - in your case 72%. The agency does not get 40% on top of yours. It's their business, after all.

    You are right to focus on what you get...
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    So we'll take your word for it then... ...

    So we'll take your word for it then...

    Actually you are probably quite correct. However, my point is not that Umbrellaphant - or anyone else - is provably dodgy, it's that having them on its...
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    Interesting read at companies House. Assets of...

    Interesting read at companies House. Assets of £1700, including income and trade debtors of around £35k, set up as a typical one man band company in 2019... And the website claims they are "fully...
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    Because they've already recovered their costs of...

    Because they've already recovered their costs of finding and hiring you, and the agent has his bonus sorted, so they can be a bit more relaxed about the income stream now...

    If you're that...
  10. Thread: Hancock

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    Got to say that if that is an example of the...

    Got to say that if that is an example of the Grauniad's use of English, then I'm glad I never bothered to read it. Plus what they are saying (I think) makes very little sense anyway. :smile
  11. In the same way that it's perfectly possible to...

    In the same way that it's perfectly possible to have two entirely different set of criteria for the clearance needed for two separate roles...

    For example, the police refuse clearance for...
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    Perhaps if you understood the situation at the...

    Perhaps if you understood the situation at the time those deals were agreed, you might realise exactly why it was done as it was. There is a difference between criminal behaviour and incompetence,...
  13. Or... The new people don't accept the previous...

    Or...

    The new people don't accept the previous SC clearance, for any of several reasons.

    Whatever, you can't do anything about it, just flog through the forms again and see what happens
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    Again, all of it, hanks for asking. Lots of...

    Again, all of it, hanks for asking.

    Lots of people do work for small companies and overseas clients - next door but two is wrapping up a piece of work in his garden office for a client in...
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    Must confess that apart from the odd visit to...

    Must confess that apart from the odd visit to friends out by Bodmin, we haven't been there for years. Although that's partly because a 7m long motorhome doesn't really work on Cornish lanes (or North...
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    None of it thanks. That rather depends what...

    None of it thanks.


    That rather depends what you do for a living. Are you one of the 0.5m or so freelance contractors in IT and Engineering depending on BigCo support or one of the 4.5m who...
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    Disagree - but let's leave it there for a year or...

    Disagree - but let's leave it there for a year or so...
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    Because Kernow isn't - too many tourists for one...

    Because Kernow isn't - too many tourists for one thing. You really shouldn't listen to your own publicity blurb - else we'd all be going to Scarborough or Blackpool...
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    Well yes, it will. Unless, of course, you...

    Well yes, it will.

    Unless, of course, you know how to circumvent the rules properly and avoid being inside IR35. Which is probably beyond a lot of people.
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    Agencies talk about employers because they are in...

    Agencies talk about employers because they are in the business of selling warm bodies to corporate entities.

    We, on the other hand, are trying to sell skills and knowledge on a commercial basis...
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    More like Claudius after Caligula, surely... ...

    More like Claudius after Caligula, surely... :smile

    But is Kamala another Messalina? :igmc:
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    Although it's worth pointing out there's an awful...

    Although it's worth pointing out there's an awful lot of the south West before you get to the Tamar... mostly empty. Moving from a city to a tourist trap seems a bit of an own goal to be honest.
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    Oh yeah. Runs alongside the A330, from Maidenhead...

    Oh yeah. Runs alongside the A330, from Maidenhead to Sunningdale.


    Well we can live in hope. There is a point where ignorance stops being amusing!
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    I think the real question is, how certain are you...

    I think the real question is, how certain are you that you can honestly answer the Companies House question "Who are the persons of significant control" in the company...?
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    Learn not to. You are in different worlds, as I...

    Learn not to. You are in different worlds, as I said before. In my work I've not been able to be the grey man, since I'm there to drive them to do "it" better and obviously have to come across as...
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    Not really. The audiologist should be able to...

    Not really. The audiologist should be able to draw a graph of your hearing against the perfect result, and so show what bits you are missing. Simply making things louder doesn't work, you have to get...
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    Lots. They all make things a bit louder. Most...

    Lots. They all make things a bit louder. Most will allow which frequencies are made louder, so you fill in the gaps in the hearing curve (like mine, where I lose high frequency sounds while not...
  28. Well if the OP isn't listening.... 1. The...

    Well if the OP isn't listening....

    1. The Vetting Group email went to one or two people in the security area of the Cabinet Office tasked with fielding complaints from people about agencies...
  29. Dig a little deeper. Any HMG Agency or Department...

    Dig a little deeper. Any HMG Agency or Department will not specify that clearance is required for applicants

    the problem is consultancies working for HMG who CBA to manage cleared staff (despite...
  30. Thread: ipse timing

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    Unless, of course, you are trying to compare the...

    Unless, of course, you are trying to compare the services on offer to those of commercial insurance providers

    Yes, the net result is the same, of course, just the conditions are rather different....
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    "Bodies supplied to a client" are not outside...

    "Bodies supplied to a client" are not outside IR35. You're only outside if you are working on a discrete turnkey project that is delivered in its entirety to the end client on completion (and even...
  32. Thread: ipse timing

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    How many more times. IPSE is not insurance, it's...

    How many more times. IPSE is not insurance, it's a membership. That membership offers free tax investigation representation by experts . The only constraint is that the case is not in progress when...
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    Agree about the batteries - replaceable is better...

    Agree about the batteries - replaceable is better than rechargeable, and they're significantly less bulky.

    I did ask the audiologist how long the batteries lasted. "That rather depends how much...
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    I quite like being ruled by lizards. It makes for...

    I quite like being ruled by lizards. It makes for a much quieter life.

    And anyway, I live very close to Glastonbury. There is no escape anyway. (Seriously. You should read some of the stuff on...
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    You don't realise how bad your hearing is until...

    You don't realise how bad your hearing is until you get hearing aids. And no, they aren't cheap but they are very clever.

    Phonak are good: mine are Bluetooth enabled so they act as ear buds for...
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    Or you could try this one...

    Or you could try this one...?
  37. Sticky: It's a thought.... Anyway, neither IPSE nor...

    It's a thought....

    Anyway, neither IPSE nor FSCA are recognised professional bodies who can offer anything official to support their members as being reputable and wholly legal entities. Until...
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    The MVL is not all that relevant - IMVHO of...

    The MVL is not all that relevant - IMVHO of course - since the OP can demonstrate a good reason for closing the original company and a good reason for wanting to work through a Ltd Co once more. It...
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    I don't recall anything in the Arctic ruling that...

    I don't recall anything in the Arctic ruling that says man and wife cannot share in the proceeds of their joint limited company, especially if the shares are purchased rather than gifted (although...
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    You can share dividends without problems, so work...

    You can share dividends without problems, so work out a shareholding , buy the shares off the company and update Companies House. If you want a salary, probably best to be a director, which is more...
  41. Why not go in through an umbrella from day one...

    Why not go in through an umbrella from day one and negotiate a rate you're happy with. There is no way you can defend an outside assessment so why even bother?
  42. Yes, and we know why... :wink I've had the...

    Yes, and we know why... :wink

    I've had the same thing twice now. Either the various departments are looking for different criteria (e.g. police and central government) or they simply don't accept...
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    Borat - or SBC in general - is simply offensive...

    Borat - or SBC in general - is simply offensive anyway. Yet to see him produce anything humorous that doesn't rely on insulting people who aren't in on the "joke".

    Bit like most modern soi disant...
  44. And as I've said before, clearance is not a...

    And as I've said before, clearance is not a one-and-done exercise, it has different criteria for different purposes and/or different data access requirements. At its simplest, NPPV3 let's you deal...
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    No it's not. There is a reasonable chance the...

    No it's not.

    There is a reasonable chance the consultancy will simply drop you after the initial contract is over. If they do, you will have real problems getting the next contract, given the...
  46. Years back, I had to sack one of my best...

    Years back, I had to sack one of my best suppliers when the MD saw him arrive in a rather nice Maserati Bora. It was his reward for being salesman of the year, belonged to his MD, and he only had it...
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    OK, my most fun cars... The aforementioned...

    OK, my most fun cars...

    The aforementioned Volvo T5R.

    A Subaru Forester XTEn with a 260bhp WRX engine in it - 0.60 in well under 6 seconds...

    A white Sierra GLSI: not that exciting per se...
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    I had a chipped T5R estate. 0-80 in eight...

    I had a chipped T5R estate. 0-80 in eight seconds, three big blokes and a fridge freezer on board...:eek:smile
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    Seen the price of them now? Mid £20ks for a...

    Seen the price of them now? Mid £20ks for a healthy bay window, £40k for a Splitty (and I could have had a fully restored one for £2500... :tantrum::tantrum::tantrum: )
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    Ditched big expensive fast cars for a nearly new...

    Ditched big expensive fast cars for a nearly new Mazda CX-3 since giving up chasing the contracts. Not quick, not big, but fun to drive and looks pretty. And very well equipped.

    When we get bored,...
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