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    Default Short and disappointing preferred supplier list and SDC

    I am hopefully going to begin a short term contract next week as a manager over 2 sites. I spoke with the agency today and hoped that Contractor Umbrella would be on their list, but instead there is Umbrella, Giant, JSA and Parasol. From searching this forum they are all ones to avoid - but is one better than the other and how easy is it to convince an agency to go with your preferred Umbrella? Also, I realise I can't claim home to workplace travel through an umbrella any more, however this will be about 3 hours+ travel a day. Can I still claim on a self assessment at the end of the year? TIA

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    Ask if you can use your preferred umbrella. ContractorUmbrella wasn't on my agency's preferred list either but they said no problem when I asked.

    So why have a preferred supplier list then, you may wonder. Answer to be found in a brown paper bag, probably.
    Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Is it Capita? I don't believe they'll budge.
    Morgan Hunt. I'll ask on Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobosapien View Post
    Ask if you can use your preferred umbrella. ContractorUmbrella wasn't on my agency's preferred list either but they said no problem when I asked.

    So why have a preferred supplier list then, you may wonder. Answer to be found in a brown paper bag, probably.
    Fingers crossed they will be flexible. Cheers.

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    Hi Flips, if there is anything I can do from this end - just give me a shout
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucycontractorumbrella View Post
    Hi Flips, if there is anything I can do from this end - just give me a shout
    You could make us a brew. One sugar please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    You could make us a brew. One sugar please.
    And I thought you were sweet enough without the sugar
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucycontractorumbrella View Post
    Hi Flips, if there is anything I can do from this end - just give me a shout
    Thanks - I tried and failed to get them to open up from their preferred supplier list. The job was beginning the next morning so I just went along with the best of a bad bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flips View Post
    Thanks - I tried and failed to get them to open up from their preferred supplier list.
    Thanks for trying - much appreciated hopefully we will see you in the future!
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