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Read the latest industry news about contractors, expenses, AWR, TAX and lots of other interesting topical areas. We have also included polls around the site to help us understand what you think is important and how you feel about the latest hot topics.


Optionis wins place on Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250

We’re thrilled to announce that our parent company, Optionis, has been recognised in this year’s Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table. Published this Sunday (11th October), the Top Track 250 ranks private mid-market companies that have increased … Continue reading

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Quiz: are you ready to go limited?

Joining an umbrella company is a great way to learn the basics of contracting. But there may come a time when you want to take on a little more responsibility in return for a greater reward. Setting up a limited … Continue reading

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10 office types you wouldn’t miss going it alone

Decided to start a career in contracting? Here’s our top 10 office types you may not miss going it alone: 1. The one who steals food It’s lunchtime, and that tasty sandwich you left in the fridge is calling your … Continue reading

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Infographic: hottest industries for contractors

Want to know which industries are hot for contractors right now? Check out our infographic:      

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Infographic: 10 signs that prove you’re ready to be a contractor

Ever wondered if you could be a contractor? Check out our 10 signs that you’re ready to be a contractor:              

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