IR35 – Recruiters Respond to HMRC Updates

The latest IR35 amends will give HMRC the right to seek unpaid tax and NI from incorrectly categorised contractors from the end-client – if an intermediary agency is unable to pay. Whilst this in theory offers some comfort and protection to agencies concerned mistakes could force financial ruin, some larger recruiters are concerned that small agencies could profit from non-compliance safe in the knowledge the end client is ultimately financially liable.

At Carrington West we have been operating pursuant to IR35 with our public sector clients for some time. Carrington West’s MD, James Fernandes says of the latest amends,

“Non-compliance has never been an option and serves no benefit to us, our contractors or our clients. It is far more likely that the end-clients will look to mitigate any risk of liability by tightening their talent supply chain, ensuring measures are put into place before they use our services. The result will be to force recruiters to supply evidence that they are accurately following the regulations when signing up contractors.”

This certainly seems to have been the case in Carrington West’s experience with public sector clients over the past three years. After an initial period of adjustment, James reflects,

“When IR35 was introduced for public sector contractors in 2017, it was widely reported that there was a mass exodus of contract workers looking for work elsewhere. It was true that many of our risk adverse public sector clients knee jerked by making blanket decisions to not engage contractors at all. However, the potential resultant lack of supply of talent to complete vital infrastructure projects meant for many this was not a sustainable model going forward. What we have seen to some extent, is major organisations switch to a more sustainable individual assessment model.

Perhaps most importantly, processes have been put in place that require assessments to be as accurate and rigorous as possible and contracts are negotiated to ensure that a worker falls outside of IR35 where there is a genuine need for that role to be fulfilled by a contractor.”

Whatever amendments are made over the coming weeks leading up to April 2020, IR35 is here to stay. Carrington West’s experience in the public sector has placed us in the unique position of already having the expertise and capabilities to guide contractors and clients through the changes and build a robust framework that mitigates risk whilst maximises access to much needed talent in the built environment sector.

James concludes by noting,

“Any recruiter that puts their head in the sand over IR35 is being very short sighted. The temporary and contract work force in all sectors in increasing as many people chose to work in more flexible or varied roles. By not being on board with IR35 or any future regulations that are bound to be introduced, recruiters will find themselves outside of the supply chain.”

Government issues new guidance to pesticides sector in event of no-deal Brexit

The Government has issued businesses that produce pesticides with new guidance informing them that they will need to take different actions to be able to supply new pesticides to the UK and EU markets in the event of a no deal Brexit.

The guidance says that if the UK leaves the EU with a deal there will be an Implementation Period (IP) during which the UK will continue to follow decisions made by the EU on pesticide approvals and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs).

The key difference for businesses is that, during the IP, the UK will not be able to act as a ‘leading authority’ under the EU regime and the HSE will be unable to conduct active substance or MRL evaluations.

Businesses who want to supply new pesticides to the UK and/or EU markets would need to make an application to a competent authority in an EU Member State.

The key change would be that if a business wishes to place a new pesticide on the EU market they will need to make a separate application to the EU, a process which could take up to three years.

The guidance tells manufacturers and users of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) on what action they need to take now to minimise any disruption once the UK leaves the EU.

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, pesticides currently available in the UK at the point of exit will continue to be so, allowing products to be marketed and used as normal.

Future PPP applications for use and renewals in the UK will continue to be considered by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), on behalf of the UK Government (Defra) and the devolved administrations. The format and data requirements for new applications will remain the same as they do now, minimising disruption for businesses.

The high scientific standard to which decisions on the use of pesticides are made will not change. We will continue to be guided by the most up-to-date scientific assessment of the risks to animals and the environment.

Farming Minister George Eustice said:

“Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority, but it is our job to responsibly ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.”

“Whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal will not change the high scientific standard to which decisions on the use of pesticides are made. We will continue to be guided by the most up to date scientific assessment of the risks to people, animals and the environment.”

No-deal Brexit – Government issues guidance for businesses that use chemicals as part of contingency planning


We are pleased to announce that Carrington West have been awarded the GOLD standard accreditation with Investors in People!

Only a small percentage of organisations obtain the GOLD standard and we are extremely proud of our growth as a business which is testament to the dedication and hard work of all of our employees.

Carrington West first gained accreditation in 2015 and have proactively embraced Investors in People to help achieve focus and drive improvement in key aspects of our ambition to be the employer of choice. We have been maintaining and building on the strengths identified during our first assessment 3 years ago. Doubling the headcount has resulted in double the number of people who feel valued and supported by the leadership team. We work hard to ensure our employees see and appreciate the opportunities for career progression, additional earnings and personal development.

3 years on, we have now been benchmarked as the 11th best Employment Agency on the IIP accreditation across the whole of the UK. We received ‘High Performing’ in most categories during the internal IIP assessment survey. We will be reviewing all areas of the IIP assessment 2018, to ensure we maintain and continue to improve to ensure we are offering our employees the standard they deserve.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Carrington West, Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. Carrington West should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

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Carrington West are excited to announce that we won the Medium/Large Business of the Year Award at ‘The News Business Excellence Awards’ on Friday night. 

It was only in 2013 that we won Start-Up Business of the Year with just 6 members of staff at the time. 5 years later we have grown significantly, have 35 members of staff and just won best medium/large business at the same awards. An amazing achievement in such a short time. Massive well done to everyone at Carrington West. We cant wait to see what the next 5 years hold!

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We are proud to reward our two longest servicing employees this week after hitting their 5 year milestones.

Both Blayne Cahill (Department Manager) and Julia Camm-Newton (Credit Control Manager) were presented with a Bottle of Bubbly and a £250 Red Letter day as a thank you for all their hard work throughout the years! The company wouldn’t be where it is without them!

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CEO Sleepout Charity Event

3 Carrington West Directors have volunteered to give up their warm bed and hot shower for one night to help raise vital funds and awareness to combat poverty and homelessness in Portsmouth. Right now, in Portsmouth somebody is thinking about where they are going to sleep tonight.

Homelessness is not a choice, and every person hit by extreme poverty has a story to tell. Simon Gardiner, James Fernandes and Nick Rowe are looking to raise funds as part of “CEOSleepout”. A Justgiving page has been set up and explains the details:

“I’d like to ask your fundraising support when James Fernandes, Nick Rowe and me take part in a charity event with a difference. On April 16th 2018 we will be giving up our warm bed, electric blanket and teasmade and will be sleeping out under the stars. This is to raise money and awareness for local homeless charities, in #CEOSleepoutPortsmouth. If you are able to donate and sponsor us, it will be going direct to this great cause.

This amazing event is part of CEO Sleepout, a charity that challenges business leaders to sleep rough for a night to help make ​Portsmouth a fairer place to live and work.”

To offer your support and make a donation please follow the link :

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