WELCOME TO THE JANUARY EDITION OF THE STERLING E-NEWSLETTER
I hope you had a great Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy New Year.
2014 has started off on a positive note for Sterling, we have been ranked 201 in the Business Insider’s Top 500 biggest and best performing companies in the North West. We’ve also decided to build further on this and find out how you rank us, therefore we’re giving you the chance to complete a survey on our services this month.
I wish you all the best for 2014 and look forward to sharing another successful year with you.
WIN AN IPAD!
At Sterling we’re always looking to improve and we really value feedback on our services. We want to learn what works for you and any improvements you think we could make. Whether you take the Umbrella, Techserv or CIS route we want to hear from you. To say thanks we’ll be giving away an iPad - just fill in this form by 17 February and your 2014 could be off to a winning start.
CHANGE IN FUEL RATES
A new year has brought new fuel rates, the new figures are shown below.
To claim for mileage original VAT fuel receipts must be provided and be sufficient to validate the number of miles claimed. For example; if claiming for 100 miles in a 1400cc petrol car, the required VAT petrol receipt would be at least £14.00.
|Up to 1400||15p||14p|
|Up to 1600||12p||12p|
|Up to 1400||10p||9p|
MEET THE TEAM – RACHEL APPLETON, MARKETING EXECUTIVE
What do you do at Sterling?
As Marketing Executive I am responsible for making sure all the content on our website is relevant and up to date, giving you access to all the latest and most up to date information. I ensure all our literature and stationery is up to date and I am responsible for external communications such as this newsletter and the social media marketing such as Facebook and Twitter.
What is a typical day like?
There isn’t really such thing as a typical day in Marketing. Every day varies depending on what is required. Some days are all about website amends, ensuring all figures, rates etc are current. Other days we may have pressing news to inform you of. Some are spent on scheduled projects such as our monthly e-newsletters. The Marketing team is responsible for ensuring that the company has the resources available to offer you a high quality service.
What’s the best thing about working at Sterling?
Sterling are a very supportive company to work for, this is evident in the fact that the company has a low turnover of staff. It’s a friendly environment to work in, and there is a lot of loyalty amongst the staff towards the company.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
At the moment most of my time out of work is taken up looking after and entertaining my baby daughter who is 1 year old this month. As I’m sure you can imagine this doesn’t leave time for much else!
STERLING CIS ROUTE
Sterling CIS provides the opportunity to undertake self-employed contracts in the construction industry whilst maximising income.
This route has rigorous and compliant processes in place to ensure that contractors are truly self-employed and that the requirements of the Construction Industry Scheme are followed. All relevant tax deductions made under the CIS scheme are paid over to HMRC by Sterling CIS.
BENEFITS TO CONTRACTORS
- Reduced payment terms as opposed to contracting directly with a client.
- Access to increased contracting opportunities through recruitment agencies.
- Reduced administration as Sterling CIS is a self-billing company.
- Verification department to assist with taxation status.
- Annual statement of contract income to assist with self assessment tax returns.
- Public liability cover included meaning no need for separate cover on assignments.
- Personal accident cover to compensate for periods when unable to contract due to an accident on assignment.
- Access to Health & Safety advice.
- SMS update advising of payment for services.
- Preferential rates on accountancy services from AGP Chartered Accountants.
LOOMING TAX DEADLINE
Don’t forget that the deadline for submitting your tax return online is fast approaching; 31st January 2014.
If you need help with your tax return, our preferred accountancy suppliers AGP Chartered Accountants know the contractor market inside out. They can offer up to 40% discount on their fees. Give them a call on 01925 418386, or visit them at www.agp-accountants.co.uk