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Michael is a doer and if he says it is going to be done, it will, no matter what. It is this energy Michael brings to the company and it is this energy that has become our Hallmark. Michael started the company ten years ago and has been lucky enough to add fantastic people to the team that has enabled it to grow to almost 100 in several continents. He previously worked in Russia and he has achieved many firsts: first Europe Retail shops in St Petersburg, first Irish Bar, first International financial services and also in assisting companies such as ESB International , Bank of Ireland, Guinness Park Lane enter the Russian market to name a few.

8 Great Reasons Independent Professionals Should Stay In Touch

8 Great Reasons Independent Professionals Should Stay In Touch
​Why is it we are so often continually engaged in 'Unsocial' media when there are massive benefits to be gained from building on face-to-face relationships? Establishing strong affiliations with others in your industry has many positive upsides.Support Network​1. Expanding your network can be productive for business.​If your peers are aware of your...
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Self Investment - Part II

Self Investment - Part II
​In a previous blog post, not too long ago, we spoke the importance of investing in yourself, i.e., developing YOU as an individual, personally or professionally. Investing in yourself is something which a lot of us don't take much time to consciously do, especially with increasingly busy schedules - but it certainly does pay off!Personally, the&nb...
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Company Car: Buy, Lease, Borrow

Company Car: Buy, Lease, Borrow
​​Buying a car is a big outlay and most of us incur it every 3 to 5 years. It is something I have been grappling with recently. My car is four years old and is a Volvo diesel, and while Volvo has not been identified to have any major emission problems like some of the other car manufacturers my gut feeling tells me to avoid diesel going forward. I'...
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Self Investment - The Greatest Hidden ROI

Self Investment - The Greatest Hidden ROI
​With the long weekend looming, take this time off to reflect on your personal and professional goals, and what you can do to achieve them. Investing in yourself could produce the greatest dividend you will ever capitalise on in this lifetime.This could be as simple as learning a new skill, developing yourself personally or professionally.&nbs...
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Take Control of Your Energy and Avoid Burnout

Take Control of Your Energy and Avoid Burnout
​Burnout impacts most of us at some point in our working lives. It is a combination of the emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by working long hours. The symptoms develop, under the radar, in the form of excessive and prolonged stress. Over time our enthusiasm, passion, and energy are buried under the weight of the stress we've b...
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Budget 2018 Guide

Budget 2018 Guide
There has been plenty of discussion surrounding yesterday's Budget delivered by Paschal Donohue. Follow the link below for our full review on the new implementations for 2018. Budget 2018 has continued with the Governments promise to ease the taxation burden for self-employed individuals. This has been done by increasing the Earned Income Cred...
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New changes to travel and subsistence rates for Contractors as of 01 April 2017

New changes to travel and subsistence rates for Contractors as of 01 April 2017
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have reviewed the current mileage and subsistence expense system in the context of modern business requirements and conditions. These changes are claimable in each of our Umbrella, Managed and 365 Company solutions.  Mileage RatesNew mileage rates have been outlined that better reflect chan...
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Treatment Benefit now Available to the Self-Employed

Treatment Benefit now Available to the Self-Employed
The Department of Social Protection has released a statement to announce that the Treatment Benefit Scheme, which provides dental, optical, and aural services, is now available to those who pay S Class PRSI. This will service qualified self-employed workers as of 27th March. Previously this benefit was only available to those paying PRSI Classes A,...
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Promote and validate your profile on LinkedIn to become a sought after Contractor!

Promote and validate your profile on LinkedIn to become a sought after Contractor!
By now, you undoubtedly know that a strong LinkedIn profile is critical for your Contracting career and your personal brand. But with over 470 million LinkedIn users, how do you craft a profile that stands out?In our recent blog, we outlined how to create an effective profile, but in this post we discuss how to really optimise it to make it the ult...
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LinkedIn: The Undisputed Champion of Professional Networking - Make Sure Your Profile Is Working For You

LinkedIn: The Undisputed Champion of Professional Networking - Make Sure Your Profile Is Working For You
With more than 460 million members worldwide, LinkedIn is the undisputed champion of professional networking. A powerful tool for individuals and companies alike looking to make new connections, generate leads, and build their brand - Professional Contractors shouldn't wait another moment to actively incorporate LinkedIn into their daily marketing ...
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Tax Advisors express concern over Revenues new approach to foreign employee taxation

Tax Advisors express concern over Revenues new approach to foreign employee taxation
Contracting PLUS recently highlighted and summarised the revised Statement of Practice issued by Revenue regarding the obligations of foreign employees working in Ireland, even on a temporary basis. Since this revision, a number of senior Tax Advisors have expressed their concerns on what has been deemed as the biggest change in cross-border taxati...
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Important Update from Revenue regarding Professional Contractors coming to and working in Ireland from abroad

Important Update from Revenue regarding Professional Contractors coming to and working in Ireland from abroad
The Revenue Commissioners have recently updated their statement of practice which deals with employees working in Ireland via foreign companies.In essence, the statement sets out the obligations of the foreign company to operate an Irish payroll and account for the payroll taxes due under the PAYE System, (failing to do so will impact upon the cont...
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Contracting PLUS raises vital funds for the Peter McVerry Trust!

Contracting PLUS raises vital funds for the Peter McVerry Trust!
Contracting PLUS is delighted to announce that we recently raised and donated €2,100 to the Peter McVerry Trust following our annual Agency Charity Table Quiz!As part of our corporate and social responsibility commitments for 2016, we partnered with our friends and local business networks to support a causes that is close to all our hearts, to try ...
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Celebrating the best of the best at the NRF Awards, proudly supported by Contracting PLUS

Celebrating the best of the best at the NRF Awards, proudly supported by Contracting PLUS
Last Friday's NRF Industry Awards celebrated not only the very best in the Recruitment Industry but also reflected on a decade of excellence, support, advice and guidance on what has now become THE calendar event of the year within the industry!Brightwater scooped the Best Large Agency of the year award, Excel Recruitment won Best Medium Agency, an...
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NRF “Year End Legal Update” Breakfast Briefing in association with Contracting PLUS

NRF “Year End Legal Update” Breakfast Briefing in association with Contracting PLUS
This morning's thought-leading brief, presented by Mary Seery Kearney, BL in conjunction with the NRF and Contracting PLUS, brought us up to date with current legal developments to help agencies develop their understanding of law and regulation in the workplace. Mary, who is a practicing barrister as well as the Academic Director of GMB College, wi...
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Contracting PLUS Marketing Series: #2. Digital Marketing for the Contractor

Contracting PLUS Marketing Series: #2. Digital Marketing for the Contractor
The digital marketing arena is moving at light speed. To keep up, you need confidence in yourself and your business combined with the judgment to think critically, act independently, and be relentlessly creative.This series of articles on Marketing for Contractors will hopefully enlighten and empower you with the building blocks to stay ahead in an...
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Contracting PLUS Marketing Series: #1. Building a Personal Brand and Why It Matters

Contracting PLUS Marketing Series: #1. Building a Personal Brand and Why It Matters
Branding is just as important for small businesses as it is for the big players. From your name and logo to your company slogan and reputation, it's how the public knows you and is integral to your identity. As a Contractor, you are your company, and establishing a strong personal brand is essential to the growth and success of your business. Brand...
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Setting Up a Limited Company?Let Contracting PLUS guide and advise you through the process

Setting Up a Limited Company?Let Contracting PLUS guide and advise you through the process
There must be some reason why some 30,000 new Limited Companies are founded in Ireland each year right? In fact, according to a recent article in the Irish Times, this year so far saw the largest increase in the number of Limited Company set-ups compared to 2015. There are a number of significant advantages to forming and operating your own&nb...
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Working to ensure the Contractor is at the Core of our Business: Introducing our new Contracting PLUS Customer Care Team

Working to ensure the Contractor is at the Core of our Business: Introducing our new Contracting PLUS Customer Care Team
Customer feedback is one of the key drivers for our business. It helps us enormously to constantly improve our processes and solutions and, ultimately, to realise our customer-focused vision: "The Contractor is King". As part of our commitment to improve your customer experience we have listened to your comments and feedback from ...
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Contracting PLUS - Budget 2017 Summary

Contracting PLUS - Budget 2017 Summary
Now that we know the measures contained in Budget 2017, delivered yesterday by The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan; Contracting PLUS has summarised the key points and outlined what this will mean for you - the Contractor. Please download our Budget 2017 Summary Guide for a synopsis of the main points addressed. pdf ...
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