Self-employed roles in production – updated list

Just before Christmas HMRC published an updated list of the job roles that are typically considered self-employed in film and broadcast production. This is a welcome clarification, and has been the result of long discussions between BECTU and others. It’s been organised into handy sections such as ‘post-production’, ‘special FX’, ‘audio’, ‘production management’, etc.. My

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Posted on 13 January 2020

How do IR35 changes affect creative freelancers? (Q&A)

You may have heard that the government is changing the way that organisations determine the status of people they might hire to work for them – people like freelancers and contractors. This is commonly called the IR35 or ‘intermediaries’ legislation.

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Posted on 13 January 2020

Sole Trader Training for BBC Leavers

We’ve been hearing from a number of BBC leavers asking about what’s happening to our rather well-known ‘setting up as a sole trader’ course. This is because the BBC Careerlink service, which has been buying in our courses, shut 

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Posted on 01 March 2017

Free support for new businesses

When I started my business (8 years ago) I benefitted hugely from free face-to-face advice provided by Business Link, the government agency designed to help small businesses set up and grow. Business Link still exists, but now it's a website (albeit a good one) and much of the training and free individual business guidance has

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Posted on 03 October 2012

Hoorah for the King’s Speech – and the clever freelance

I tweeted yesterday that the King's Speech showed the value of the experienced freelance. Within a few minutes I had enough responses to demonstrate clearly that 140 characters are sometimes just not enough. So here' goes… There's a wonderful scene towards the end of the film where the King points out that Logue has no

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Posted on 16 February 2011

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