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  • Not all heroes wear capes

    Sep 20, 2019
    Having spent years warming people’s homes, Lancashire-based plumber, James Anderson, warmed the hearts of the nation this week when the brilliant story of his not-for-profit plumbing and heating company hit the headlines.
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    Mar 19, 2019
    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 have deducted the CIS tax!
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  • Tradespeople Take Legal Action

    Mar 04, 2019
    No self-employed tradesperson sets out in business thinking they will end up in court to defend their interests. But it happens - sometimes for reasons you can’t envisage or even understand.
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  • The tradesperson’s checklist to hiring

    Jan 22, 2019
    Ten or maybe even twenty years from now – even if your company grows to employ many tradespeople – a stand out memory will be when you took the plunge and hired your first employee.
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  • Tradesmen, are you covered?

    Jan 07, 2019
    Self-employed tradespeople held fully accountable for accidents in the workplace. Health and safety is paramount and tradesmen need to be aware of their responsibilities.
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  • Tradesmen targeted by criminals in tool theft ‘epidemic’

    Dec 04, 2018
    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.
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  • Taxing Tradesmen

    Nov 22, 2018
    For builders, electricians, plumbers and all other tradespeople, tax enquiry insurance is the most sensible option against an increasingly aggressive HMRC.
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  • Tradespeople are healthiest workers despite the notorious bacon butty

    Jul 19, 2017
    Research by Ironmongery Direct found that tradesmen are more active than fitness instructors and eat less sugary snacks than office workers, awarding them the title of healthiest workers in the UK.
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  • Taylor Review threatens cash-in-hand tradesmen

    Jul 11, 2017
    Both David Gauke and Ed Balls have been previously criticised for targeting the cash-in-hand working practice with Gauke saying that paying tradesmen in cash was "morally wrong".
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  • 74% of Tradesmen are Under-insured

    Jun 19, 2017
    According to an AXA research paper (Insurance Age - June 2017 Issue), 74% of tradesmen (who took part in the survey) were under-insured as they failed to hold appropriate business insurance, such as tradesman liability insurance.
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  • Tradesmen: Is Your Beard a Health & Safety Hazard?

    Jun 05, 2017
    The Times reported this week that construction company, The Mears Group, has banned beards on site due to health and safety concerns.
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  • Tradesman Insurance for Builders

    May 05, 2017
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  • Keeping Your Tools Safe

    Apr 20, 2017
    The use of tools has set the human species apart for millions of years and has snowballed our evolution into the modern age of computers, motorised vehicles, and skyscrapers. It is only relatively recent that other members of the ape family have been discovered using tools as well.
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  • The Art of Dry Stone Walling

    Apr 07, 2017
    Dry stone walling can be traced back for three and a half millennia to the Iron Age, according to the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA).
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  • Electricians: Have you got a loose connection?

    Mar 31, 2017
    It's not uncommon knowledge that loose connections can cause overheating and even start a fire, says David Holloway, Product Manager at Europa Components, speaking to Professional Electrician & Installer.
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  • Becoming a Self Employed Tradesman

    Feb 15, 2017
    The sole trader route is the easiest and most common way to set up as self employed tradesman. All you need to do is register with HMRC, and then keep a record of all income and expenses, complete an annual Self-Assessment tax return, and pay your income tax and national insurance contributions...
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  • Tradesman Public Liability Insurance - who needs it?

    Feb 10, 2017
    The self employed tradesman tends to find themselves at different customer sites and properties throughout the day's work. Tradesman Public Liability Insurance provides you with protection against costs of damaging someone's property or causing someone an injury whilst providing your services...
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