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Not all heroes wear capes

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. An invoice from Jamesâ€...

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 of the l...

BUILD Infrastructure Awards 2019

Who are BUILD? BUILD are an online magazine dedicated to providing readers with news and relevant information on the construction and property markets. Released q...

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 i...

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. A...

Constructing the Women’s Workforce

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 and labouring has always been seen as a ‘man’s worldâ€...

​Tips on Finance for Sole Traders

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 working is anything to go by, this way of working is incre...

What letters?

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 correspondence with him. In Oliver ...

Construction Industry Compliance

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 have deducted and charge interest and penalties – even if you ...

Tradespeople 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 to defend their interests. But it happe...

Brexit Consequences for Tradesmen

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 as an industry with...

Best Cities for Tradespeople

According to new research by bathroom hardware provider Sanctuary Bathrooms. The new ranking analysed the average wages of plumber...

Tradesmen targeted by criminals in tool theft ‘epidemic’

In the UK, every 23 minutes a van is broken into and tools are stolen from it, costing tradespeople £100m a year in total. Let that sink in for a moment. Every tradesman and tradeswoman hopes and probably thinks it won’t ever happen...

Providing labour or a service?

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 whether or n...

A dent in the substitution argument?

The recent Employment Tribunal ruling in the Hermes Parcelnet Ltd (Hermes) case may have provided HMRC with another strand of argument when disproving a right of substitution. A total of 65 couriers brought successful claims against He...

Pimlico Plumbers appeal goes down the pan

After failing to persuade the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd, also failed in his company’s appeal to convince the Supreme Court that Gary Smith, an ex-Pimlico self-employed operative, ...