Each month we profile one of the Azure Global Team. This month we are speaking to our Customer Service Manager, Nicole Adams.

 

 

How long have you worked in the Payroll world?

I have worked in the payroll industry since I left school! For the last two years, I have been leading our Customer Service Team across the UK, primarily dealing with our contractor’s queries.

 

What do you feel your strengths are?

I try to create a good culture in my team so that everyone feels comfortable and happy in their roles. My team are very supportive of each other, despite being spread across the country and I believe this helps us all to do a better job.

 

What do you feel is an important part of your role?

I think the most important part of the role is to provide excellent service to our agencies and contractors in every single interaction they have with Azure Global.

 

What challenges have you faced?

2020 was just one big challenge! The last year has been really challenging, getting to know a new team, and new systems whilst everyone was stuck in their homes across the country. We survived though!

 

What is the best thing about working for Azure Global?

It’s the people, even though we are spread across the country, we still have a strong bond and get on well together. We are looking forward to when we can finally all meet up and celebrate.

 

Tell us more about you, Nicole!

I enjoy keeping fit and can often be found pounding the pavements on my lunch hour or using the office treadmill and kettlebells. I have also recently bought my first home with my partner so I’m always on Pinterest looking for inspiration.

 

Dragon Perks

Dragon Perks is an online benefits portal which gives you access to discounts and cash back rewards at over 2000 major retailers, including Nike, Asda, Ikea and many more. These benefits are available for free to contractors, agency clients and all agency staff. At Azure Global, our clients are more than just clients and benefits such as Dragon Perks are all part of our bespoke and personal service, which we pride ourselves upon.

You can order vouchers from the extensive variety of retailers and receive up to 10% instant cashback. Alternatively, reloadable cards are available for a number of stores. Simply load them up and get spending.

Some of the many other benefits that are available to you as a member of Dragon Perks include special rate cinema tickets for you and your whole family, as well as our Wellbeing Area which encourages you to take the time to improve your physical, emotional and financial wellbeing by utilising the virtual gym, free eye tests, a retirement planning service and a legal helpline.

Dragon Perks is not only open to all contractors paid by Azure Global, its available to the agency teams we partner with as well. Contact us at heelo@azureglobal.com to find out how to register you agency team.

 

Finally, if you’re feeling lucky you could try your hand at the Dragon Perks Lotto or enter one of the exclusive competitions that are run in collaboration a variety of major retailers to be in with the chance to win gift cards to spend in store.

Chris has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry in his 17 years in the payroll sector. He is widely respected in the industry, working in partnership with agencies and helping them with everything from day-to-day queries to legislation changes and everything in between.

Chris joined Azure Global in November 2019 to help grow our UK business and within his first month, he secured a deal that would transform the business from a UK-only payroll company to an international HR Solutions provider.

Azure Global now has projects in Canada, Poland, Czech Republic, UAE, Ireland as well as the UK and the US. Chris has found that many agencies also have overseas interests and are keen to partner with a company that can operate compliantly in the UK and also abroad.

Outside work, Chris was a professional goalkeeper for 17 years, playing for Raith Rovers, Stenhousemuir, Albion Rovers and Stranraer. When he retired, he started up his own kids’ goalkeeping school and went into Clyde FC as their Goalkeeper Coach.  Chris has a wife Lindsey and three kids Chloe, Lola and Ayden that all keep him on his toes.

To find out how Chris can help you grow our business in the UK and overseas, contact him now at chris.fahey@azureglobal.com

It certainly has been a year that nobody could have predicted with the whole world feeling the impact of a pandemic. But as we wave goodbye to 2020 with hopes of a better 2021here at Azure Global, we thought we’d look back on 2020 and pick out some of our highlights. 

 

We Rebranded (and Expanded!)  We changed our name to Azure Global to reflect our expansion in offering payroll & HR services across the globe.
 

We Worked from Home – We set up our entire team to be able to work from home during the lockdown and beyond, ensuring no interruption in first-class service to our agencies. 

 

Going International – We paid our first international contractorsAG Pay, our first contractor in America, in the city that never sleeps (just like our service team) – aka New York. 

 

We Launched Our New Website  In Q4 2020, we launched our new website reflecting our international payroll and HR services and offering advice and guidance to agencies.
 

We Expanded Our Team – Throughout 2020 we have brought in some of the industry’s top talent, ready to help make our client’s lives easier with our payroll solutions. 

 

We Received Accreditation – This year we received our accreditation from Professional Passport, certifying Azure Global as a compliant provider you can trust.
 

We Prepared  We worked hard behind the scenes to safeguard our clients a hassle-free, supportive payroll service wherever they are in the world. 

 

We have worked hard this year and laid the groundwork to have an even stronger 2021 – ensuring we can help our clients to aim high and achieve their ambitions in 2021. Find out how we can help you by contacting us now. 

In the meantime, from all of us at Azure Global, have a happy Christmas and New Year. 

Umbrella payroll companies are essential to freelance workers, but there are many companies in the UK that are looking to trick their way into extra money. But how do you spot the difference?  

In this blog, we give you tips on key things to look out for to ensure an umbrella company is above board.  

 

What should I look for?  

 

1- Established

Do your research to see if the company is established and respected in the sector to be sure you’re working with a tried-and-true company.

  

2- Customer Service 

Ask yourself, how easy is it to get in touch with my umbrella company? Can you speak someone on the phone, or do they dodge calls and only respond to your emails with an automated message? Put your trust into companies who, at the very least, are willing to speak with you.  

 

3- Recommendations 

Look out for recommendations, or lack thereof. If the company you’re looking at has little or no recommendations, this is a bad sign.  

 

4- Preferred supplier list 

Check to see if the umbrella company is on the preferred supplier list of your employer. If not, you may want to do some more research before you make a decision on which umbrella company to go with.  

 

5- Accreditation 

Has the Umbrella received accreditation from Professional Passport? This is an indicator that the Umbrella has rigorous compliance standards 

 

Causes for Concern 

 

  • Lack of transparency 

 

An untrustworthy umbrella company might have hidden tier margins or may not be willing to divulge a breakdown of your calculations. If either of these is the case, then this is a bad sign.  

  • Few or no third-party accreditations 

 

Accreditation by a third party shows that a standard of performance has been achieved and recognised by an external body. If the umbrella company doesn’t have this, are they compliant and can they be trusted? 

  • Offshore arrangements or loans mentioned 

 

This may indicate that the company use non-compliant offshore trusts with low tax jurisdiction 

When choosing an umbrella company, make sure you check the points above to ensure that the company is legitimate and trusted. 

How we can keep your business ticking over by offering compliant payroll solutionsContact our friendly, knowledgeable staff today to discuss what we can do for you. 

Deciding which payroll company is right for you can be a tricky task. We understand that everyone has different needs and wants when deciding which companies to use. That’s why we wanted to explain how Azure Global can support you and your business.

Here at Azure Global, our clients are more than just clients. We create a trusted partner to ensure a completely bespoke and personal service because we know that each business is different and has their own set of goals and needs. It’s our job to get to know exactly what those goals and needs are so we can make sure that your business runs like a well-oiled machine.

We care so much about making sure our clients are getting what they need that we have a dedicated client care manager in all our locations.

Whether is outsourcing payroll or setting up your own recruitment agency, our team of dedicated professionals have the industry expertise to make it all happen.

We work for agencies and contractors and can deliver everything you need, from CIS to joint-employment, to any help with taking your business to the international table.

With Azure Global, you’re in the right hands.

Get in touch today with our friendly, knowledgeable team to discuss what we can do for you.

People often receive payslips only to quickly throw them away or forget about them. It can feel all too easy to toss them aside after you’ve checked your payment is correct, but it’s essential that you hold on to them. If you’re wondering why it’s important to keep a hold of your payslips, keep reading and let us help you understand.

Take control of your finances.

Holding on to your payslips helps you to understand your pay which is essential if you are either a permanent employee or working under an umbrella company.

Your payslips detail very important information like pension contributions, tax, and more. Keeping a hold of your payslips and filing them appropriately will help keep you informed while also giving you control of your finances.

Accuracy

You need to have all your payslips to hand in order to file a self-assessment tax-return with accuracy. And if HMRC ever enquires about proof of pay or deductions, then you’ll have everything you need at hand – even if the information you require was six months ago.

Proof of Income

You’ll need to provide payslips from the last three months as a proof of income If you are planning on buying a house, or indeed even renting. This is needed to show that you can afford your rent or mortgage payments.

Your payslips will help you to discern your maternity leave entitlement as well, if you are pregnant or preparing for maternity leave.

Payslips will also help you to understand exactly what you should be receiving for your retirement based on your pension contributions over the years.

You’ll also need proof of income in order to obtain a visa for working abroad.

How Long Should I Keep My Payslips?

HMRC recommends holding on to your payslips for 22 months (2 years), but we suggest filing your payslips and keeping them for as long as possible. This means that you can always look back to your pay at any time should you need.

Need more information? The Azure team are here and happy to help you in thinking through the ideal options for your business and putting a plan in place for your business payroll needs.

Contact our friendly, knowledgeable staff today to discuss what we can do for you.