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The self-employed plumber who refuses to charge elderly clients Having spent years warming homes, Lancashire-based plumber, James Anderson, warmed the heart of the nation this week when the brilliant story of his not-for-profit plumbing and heating company hit the headlines.…

STEM learning: Encouraging girls to consider a career in construction

Exam season has arrived and for many 15-year-old girls, it means feeling the pressure of deciding what career path they want to follow. For many of them though, a career within the construction industry is probably not at their top…

BUILD Infrastructure Awards 2019

Looking at the Winners of the BUILD Infrastructure Awards Who are BUILD? BUILD are an online magazine dedicated to providing readers with news and relevant information on the construction and property markets. Released quarterly, every issue showcases companies and industry…

Contractor Advice: Considerations During Public Works

Like many contractors, Painting and Decorating company Bagnalls often encounters challenges posed by working near the public. Commercial businesses and public institutions need to be able to run successfully without any impediments, so it is a contractor’s duty to understand…

Have you been affected by subbie bashing?

‘Subbie bashing’ is where larger firms financially bully smaller subcontractors they’re working with. Often, the larger firms know they can get away with it because the smaller subcontractors do not have the resources to fight back. Additionally, many subcontractors do…

Constructing the Women’s Workforce

How Do We Get More Women Into The Contracting and Construction Industry? Contracting, particularly in the construction industry, isn’t stereotypically seen as a career that a lot of women pursue. But why is this? As quite a physical job, construction…

​Tips on Finance for Sole Traders

How to set yourself up for financial success as a sole trader With nearly 5million people working for themselves in the UK, self-employment is now a vitally important sector of the labour market. Certainly, if the rapid growth of independent…

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Wrong address causes HMRC case loss A CASE OF DISPUTED late filing penalties saw the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) uphold an appeal by an employee who claimed that HMRC should have known his address as they had previously been in…

Construction Industry Compliance

Are you a Contractor working in the Construction Industry using subcontractors? If you are not fully compliant HMRC can reclassify your subcontractors as employees and go back to earlier years and calculate the PAYE tax and National Insurance you should…

Construction Industry Compliance

Are you a Contractor working in the Construction Industry using subcontractors? If you are not fully compliant HMRC can reclassify your subcontractors as employees and go back to earlier years and calculate the PAYE tax and National Insurance you should…

Construction Industry Compliance

Are you a Contractor working in the Construction Industry using subcontractors? If you are not fully compliant HMRC can reclassify your subcontractors as employees and go back to earlier years and calculate the PAYE tax and National Insurance you should…

Tradespeople Take Legal Action

Sometimes, tradespeople have no choice but to take legal action Court cases and high solicitor fees make legal expenses insurance a precaution worth taking for tradespeople. No self-employed tradesperson sets out in business thinking they will end up in court…

Brexit Consequences for Tradesmen

Key points tradespeople in construction need to know about Brexit Assessing the potential impact of Brexit for self-employed tradesmen and tradeswomen. The construction industry is in the front line of sectors directly affected by the mounting uncertainty over Brexit. And…

Best Cities for Tradespeople

According to new research by bathroom hardware provider Sanctuary Bathrooms. The new ranking analysed the average wages of plumbers, electricians, joiners, and painter decorators, alongside cost of living data, university Building course ratings and the percentage of workforce in trades…

Tradesmen targeted by criminals in tool theft ‘epidemic’

Tool theft is on the rise in the UK and tradespeople need to take every precaution In the UK, every 23 minutes a van is broken into and tools are stolen from it, costing tradespeople £100m a year in total.…

Providing labour or a service?

CIOT want improved guidance on Employment Intermediary Reporting The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) have written to HMRC in respect of the department’s guidance re the Employment Intermediaries Reporting Rules (EIRR) and Agency Worker legislation (s.44, ITEPA 2003), in particular…