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    Has anybody used any of the following?

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    Key PORTFOLIO
    Jsa services

    I have never heard of any of them. There are a couple of others on the list, but unfortunately I have used them and their service is appalling

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    Blimey. I've only heard of JSA of that list and that's from some issues back a long time ago.

    Focused appear to have had an entry on the All Umbrellas Are Equal site but now it's not running you can't check.

    I'd question JSA about their expenses policy which looks a little light for my liking. Maybe it's just a sales type page and it's purposely generic but I'd be looking in to that.

    I'd also use company check to look at the financials of them. One of them is a little alarming but I'm not very good at understanding the numbers. You might struggle to look up Paramount though. Couldn't find their company number anywhere which is naughty. It's Company No: 04648054

    That's as far as I could be bothered checking TBH sorry. Have to do some research on each one.

    I've looked at about 5 brollies today and every single one of them has a different SIC code which I found odd but that's by the by.
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    Actually. Before you do all that ring Lucy at Contractor Umbrella. A number of reasons for this..
    • Firstly she might know the agents and have some way in. Maybe speak to them and convince them to use her or something.
    • If not she'll be able to comment on who might be worth a punt from her time running the All Contractors Are Equal.
    • She probably be able to tell you who to avoid from industry and insider knowledge
    • She's really fun and friendly and nice to talk to.

    Ok ok.. maybe one of those isn't true but the other three are good reasons...
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Actually. Before you do all that ring Lucy at Contractor Umbrella. A number of reasons for this..
    • Firstly she might know the agents and have some way in. Maybe speak to them and convince them to use her or something.
    • If not she'll be able to comment on who might be worth a punt from her time running the All Contractors Are Equal.
    • She probably be able to tell you who to avoid from industry and insider knowledge
    • She's really fun and friendly and nice to talk to.

    Ok ok.. maybe one of those isn't true but the other three are good reasons...
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Actually. Before you do all that ring Lucy at Contractor Umbrella. A number of reasons for this..
    • Firstly she might know the agents and have some way in. Maybe speak to them and convince them to use her or something.
    • If not she'll be able to comment on who might be worth a punt from her time running the All Contractors Are Equal.
    • She probably be able to tell you who to avoid from industry and insider knowledge
    • She's really fun and friendly and nice to talk to.

    Ok ok.. maybe one of those isn't true but the other three are good reasons...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonimouse View Post
    Has anybody used any of the following?

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    Key PORTFOLIO
    Jsa services

    I have never heard of any of them. There are a couple of others on the list, but unfortunately I have used them and their service is appalling
    If you let me know who the agency is, as NorthernLad said, I may be able to help - or at least give it a good go for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucycontractorumbrella View Post
    That's your iPad just gone then!
    Tricked you!! The odd one out is you telling him who to avoid. I know you wouldn't diss your competition

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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Tricked you!! The odd one out is you telling him who to avoid. I know you wouldn't diss your competition

    Want my postal address or are you going to drop it off in person?
    Sorry I think my budget went on Eek
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucycontractorumbrella View Post
    Sorry I think my budget went on Eek
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    The agency is reed, I haven't heard of any of those brollies hence my question

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