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    I worked through Wipro on an all in rate of...

    I worked through Wipro on an all in rate of €800pd (based in Netherlands). They paid on time, but their payment system was the most antiquated I've ever seen. They were OKish tbf, but I'd never work...
  2. I'd agree, except...what's all this pulling a...

    I'd agree, except...what's all this pulling a sickie nonsense? (Others have mentioned it as well tbf). Just invoke the MOO clause - client offered work, contractor didn't accept. From the OP's own...
  3. Yes, that's true. I still thought it was worth...

    Yes, that's true. I still thought it was worth offering a point that if the agency had done what the OP feared, that would be shady business practice for sure. But you were right to point out that...
  4. I'm inclined to agree in part with the poster who...

    I'm inclined to agree in part with the poster who had a spaz out about agencies. Taking the OP's post at face value, it appears the agency said the client would only pay £275 (which we can all...
  5. Probably worth mentioning that a 12 month...

    Probably worth mentioning that a 12 month handcuff clause is generally seen as unenforceable as well (though not definitively) due to the length of time. 3-6 months is more reasonable.
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    I agree with the general advice here. I wouldn't...

    I agree with the general advice here. I wouldn't be overly happy if this was foisted upon me either, but I certainly wouldn't look to lose a client over it. If you declined to use their format, the...
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    +1 - this is exactly what I do. In fact, for one...

    +1 - this is exactly what I do. In fact, for one of my clients, I wait until the agency generates the self-bill invoice, then I create my own invoice for my records.


    None. Just don't do anything...
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    Is the 95% of turnover coming from the Public...

    Is the 95% of turnover coming from the Public Sector significant? I ask because my old accountant used to ask me to notify him if my turnover was more than 50% derived from the public sector. It...
  9. No he had a point tbf. If this forum was just...

    No he had a point tbf. If this forum was just full of replies saying "ask your accountant" there would never be any actual advice. What would have been more helpful and interesting would have been a...
  10. You can use the loss from a previous year to...

    You can use the loss from a previous year to offset the profit of the next year. So you can carry it over. Alternatively, you can use a loss this year to reclaim the corporation tax paid on last...
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    Wait, sorry I didn't see that it was a trade...

    Wait, sorry I didn't see that it was a trade reference they wanted. I thought it was just a reference from a former client (i.e. to check you leave clients happy etc). If it's a trade reference they...
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    I've never been asked to lower my rate for any of...

    I've never been asked to lower my rate for any of the charities I've either contracted at or provided deliverables to. I knew someone who had a lengthy contract with a well-known charity. Not the...
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    Most of MyCo Ltd's work is proper b2b direct with...

    Most of MyCo Ltd's work is proper b2b direct with clients. It's rare that I get asked for a trade reference, but it does happen. Earlier this week I filled out an RFI where they asked for a reference...
  14. No work = No pay. ...

    No work = No pay.

    http://forums.contractoruk.com/business-contracts/116980-new-contracting-notice-question.html
  15. Hope that it helps. It's a rarity for an OP to...

    Hope that it helps. It's a rarity for an OP to come here with a particular view and actually listen to opinions to the contrary. Thumbs up for that! Good luck with the additional venture as well.
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    I was going to chime in about this. If the agency...

    I was going to chime in about this. If the agency had been paid the 4 weeks by the client, then we'd be having a very different conversation with the OP I think.
  17. You could if that money had been extracted to you...

    You could if that money had been extracted to you personally (and any taxes owed paid). What you can't do is just move money from one entity to another without sorting the tax where due. I get that...
  18. Yes, that's about the sum of it. I can definitely...

    Yes, that's about the sum of it. I can definitely see why it's a shame, but I can also see why it's quite logical from a tax perspective, as if we were allowed to do that, we could just funnel funds...
  19. Then SJD are probably correct in what they say....

    Then SJD are probably correct in what they say. It's fine for companies to diversify, but on companies house, you need to specify your nature of business. You can select more than one category, but...
  20. What will the ecommerce business be trading in?...

    What will the ecommerce business be trading in? What will you be selling?
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    Again, I see your point, but I don't think it's...

    Again, I see your point, but I don't think it's going to get anywhere. The agency will probably (correctly) claim that the agent was mistaken in believing you could invoice for the 4 weeks. But your...
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    Technically, if you did that, the agency would...

    Technically, if you did that, the agency would need to pay your invoice and then sue you for losses incurred as a result of you leaving. But in reality a lot of agents would withhold final payments....
  23. I've already shown my ignorance on the matter by...

    I've already shown my ignorance on the matter by forgetting which way round opt in and opt out was, but I remember looking what opting in meant and deciding that it seemed slightly more that I was in...
  24. I think I'm in a minority here in that I always...

    I think I'm in a minority here in that I always opted out of the agency regs. But the general advice is to opt in, and I'd follow that tbh.

    I only opted out because it didn't really bother me, and...
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    Since General is essentially "Off Topic...

    Since General is essentially "Off Topic Discussion" I always found it weird that it was at the top of the forum list. Should definitely be below the two main professional forums in my opinion.
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    Hahaha, one of my direct clients asked me to take...

    Hahaha, one of my direct clients asked me to take them out to dinner. £450. He ordered a gin which cost more than any bottle of wine I'd ever bought. Funny thing is, he was head of compliance and we...
  27. NLUK is right about the mix offer, and that's...

    NLUK is right about the mix offer, and that's exactly what I thought reading the OP's post. I would add, though, that vague and poorly defined service descriptions provided by agents are pretty...
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    People seriously meet their agent mid contract?...

    People seriously meet their agent mid contract? For a pint or lunch? Jesus me. Why? Just for a free £10 lunch? I can't think of anything worse tbh.

    When I contracted at BP, the agent responsible...
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    I can kinda see the merit in the idea, and...

    I can kinda see the merit in the idea, and there's something similar for the housing market here: https://www.allagents.co.uk/

    However, just like with houses, you generally don't get to choose the...
  30. This. That would be my concern: that the original...

    This. That would be my concern: that the original agent isn't on the PSL and therefore can't place you. I'd definitely do what LondonManc suggests and speak to the other agent who seems keenest on...
  31. Contract Review (for LtdCo rather than Contractor)

    As some of you know, I started off as a contractor, but now I run a LtdCo that employs full time employees to provide services to our clients. As such, IR35 is not an issue for us (aside from...
  32. Hahaha, but if the choice is a connecting flight,...

    Hahaha, but if the choice is a connecting flight, maybe he's wary about missing the second leg of the flight?

    Personally, I hate connecting flights or trains, and will always choose direct options...
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    First of all, congratulations on the success -...

    First of all, congratulations on the success - that's exactly where I was a few years ago, and the person who joined me was a former colleague (actually a permie at a former client). I took that...
  34. I use KPMG Small Business Accounting. Their...

    I use KPMG Small Business Accounting. Their payroll services are new and aren't perfect, but the rest of their service is excellent, and they use Xero too which is a bonus as it's an excellent...
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    He's got a point there. *shudder* I need to...

    He's got a point there.

    *shudder* I need to take a long hard look at myself now! Only kidding PC!

    I don't pay into a pension. As an employer we've had to start paying pensions for employees -...
  36. Hobo's advice above is excellent, particularly...

    Hobo's advice above is excellent, particularly the bit about gauging the client whilst staying at a hotel for the first couple of weeks. I don't have a lot to add, but I just wanted to add something...
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    PC - you need to learn the Reply with Quote...

    PC - you need to learn the Reply with Quote function on this forum.
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    What an earth are you drivelling about?...

    What an earth are you drivelling about? Businessmen (and women) can't feel disappointed? Eh? I've seen some stupid on these forums from time to time, but that's up there with the best of them. I run...
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    Not sure I'd describe it as dodgy tbh. Slightly...

    Not sure I'd describe it as dodgy tbh. Slightly on the messy side, but not dodgy. Dodgy would be ripping a client off, which isn't what's happening when you book a day off but invoice for it to claim...
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    I agree tbh - though it does seem like you book a...

    I agree tbh - though it does seem like you book a day off but get paid for it? Which is a little messy, but it's always worth looking for a pragmatic solutions which keeps the client happy, your...
  41. The relationship with your accountant is a...

    The relationship with your accountant is a sensible question IMO. They should be checking that your accountant provides an advisory service and isn't involved in actually submitting invoices, or...
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    Your analogies don't make sense. For some of my...

    Your analogies don't make sense. For some of my consultancy work, I normally charge at the mid-range which is about £500-550pd. With the agent's cut on top I expect the client to be paying about...
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    This whole thread is an exercise in trolling,...

    This whole thread is an exercise in trolling, isn't it? Supposedly experienced contractor in his mid to late forties can't make his mind as to whether to attend an interview? This is all a load of...
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    Yeah, sure I've seen you mention that you're in...

    Yeah, sure I've seen you mention that you're in your mid-to-late forties. Must admit, I thought you were much, much younger than that.
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    Do you want the gig? Then do the interview.

    Do you want the gig? Then do the interview.
  46. If only there was a sticky thread on this...

    If only there was a sticky thread on this CONTRACTOR UK forum. Oh wait...

    http://forums.contractoruk.com/accounting-legal/69742-accountant-recommendation-threads-inc-local-requests.html
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    I agree - withdrawing seems massively drastic....

    I agree - withdrawing seems massively drastic. I'd have said that I wasn't going to be able to start on Monday as I need at least X business days to review the contract before starting. No way would...
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    Put it all on black. Double your money.

    Put it all on black. Double your money.
  49. I'm not going to answer the security part of your...

    I'm not going to answer the security part of your question, because as others have mentioned, there's a fair amount of tin foil hattery in your requirements.

    With regards to a contractor having...
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    I'm not quite sure I agree, but I definitely get...

    I'm not quite sure I agree, but I definitely get the sentiment. MyCo Ltd was founded in July 2010, so nearly 6 years ago, and I'd say I've only just gotten to the point where I fully understand my...
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