Forward planning in a post-lockdown business landscape

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It’s that time already! A new year is a mere four months away, and here at Activon we’re dusting off those project proposals which were shelved during the lockdown and reviewing which ones will still deliver value in our 2021 portfolio.

Many of our clients are in the same position, and for those who have survived this strangest of years, we are ready to help with our full range of services, from ad-hoc consulting days through to long-term contracts and fixed-price solutions.

We offer a free, no-obligation, one-day introductory consultancy for new clients, which we can provide via online collaboration tools or, subject to social distancing measures, in person at our offices or client locations.

Call us on 0141 370 5900 or email for a no-obligation chat about how our Project Management and Business Analysis services can help you review, prioritise and structure your business objectives in to deliverable projects and measurable benefits.

Dr Philippa Whitford, MP, visits Activon to discuss IR35

(photo of Dr. Philippa Whitford, MP, with Activon Directors Scott Bickerton and Oksana Bickerton)

Dr. Philippa Whitford, MP, visited Activon’s Liberator House office today, kindly giving up her time to understand the impact of proposed changes to the Off-Payroll legislation on small businesses like ours.

We enjoyed a constructive discussion on the intended and unintended consequences of the legislative changes, and in particular the prevalence of blanket status determinations and blanket bans on PSCs severely disrupting the UKs flexible workforce.

Dr Whitford stated:

“Whilst it is only fair that contractors pay their fair share of tax, experts have raised concerns IR35 does not achieve its stated aim of equalising tax between those under its scope and employees. IR35 has also been criticised as burdening contractors with an unfairly high level of bureaucracy, making it more difficult to play their flexible role in the economy.

“My colleagues used last year’s Autumn’s Budget to highlight our concerns over IR35’s complexity and apparent ineffectiveness and it is an issue we will continue to raise with the UK Government.”

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Whitford for taking the time to visit us in person, and for taking a genuine interest in the plight of local businesses as a result of the changes to IR35.