I am new to contracting, and am starting a 6 month contract at the beginning of March and need to sign up with an umbrella company. There are so many around, and having spoken with a few, I'm not sure which one to go for. They all offer the same rates, same perks etc so who do people recommend in the current climate.
The one's I have had quotes off already are Best Payment Services and first 4 contractors who both offered me 90% which seemed to good to be true. They were both on the first page of my google search so presume they are at the top of the game. I did the usual google search to check the reputations and to see whether people have had good/bad experiences with either of them to which I found a varying response. Has anyone had experience with either of these companies?
What I did find worrying on a simple google search was that one of Best Payment Services directors, Nathan Cafearo is an Isle of Man resident and is linked to various other payroll companies many of which operate out of the Isle of Man, he even registered the domain name <mod snip> best-pay <mod snip> which for some reason seems to now be non existent when you click on it, that does seem strange, do the directors swap names of their businesses all the time, and that's why it's now called Best Payment Services, that's all I can think why best-pay website isn't now working. To be fair Best Payment Services is based in Cheshire, so that particular payroll firm of Nathan Cafearo appears to be UK based, or doesn't it actually matter whether its offshore, its just you hear a lot of bad press about offshore in the news all the time.
Look forward to hearing peoples opinions.