Brookson have again passed the FCSA Code of Compliance review of our Umbrella Company and Limited Company Accountancy services and can also confirm that our newly launched CIS/Self Employment service has also passed the review with flying colours to achieve full accreditation status as well.

Brookson are now in our 8th year of membership of FCSA and are one of only a handful of businesses to pass the stringent reviews which cover all aspects of business, ranging from financial stability to systems and processes to ensure we fully comply with relevant legislation.

For our umbrella company, the review includes ensuring that we are correctly operating UK payroll, our employment contract and relationship with our employees is robust, we are correctly operating national minimum wage, pensions auto enrolment, are adhering to AWR regulations and our expenses policy is compliant. For our limited company business, the key reviews are to ensure we are not at risk of MSC legislation and we offer a full and robust IR35 review service to our clients.

The FCSA is widely recognised as the industry’s compliance gold standard with the FCSA Accreditation only awarded to service providers that have been independently audited by top experts to confirm that they adhere to their rigorous Code of Compliance.

Steps to accreditation

To qualify as a Full Accredited Member, a firm must demonstrate its adherence with the FCSA’s Code of Compliance. This includes rigorous testing and assessment of its business structure, financials, services, operations, policies and processes. The review is carried out on an annual basis by an independent, professional assessor – regulated accountants and solicitors with expertise in the sector, and currently include Ernst & Young, Saffery Champness and Brabners.

Great news for Recruiters

FCSA Accredited Members represent a ready-made Preferred Supplier List (PSL) particular for those Recruiters who do not have a PSL in place currently. This ensures that recruiters only work with fully compliant firms to support them.

The FCSA said ‘We understand that developing a compliant PSL is no small challenge. Distinguishing between organisations that pay lip-service to compliance and those that are fully committed is complex, costly and time-consuming. Getting it wrong can have serious implications for your business. That’s why we have done the checks for you.’

Recruiters (and contractors alike) can take confidence from the fact that Brookson’s limited company accountancy service, umbrella solution and CIS/Self Employment Service are all fully accredited by the FCSA.

Great news for contractors

For our customers having FCSA accreditation status across all of our services demonstrates our commitment to compliance and our commitment to keeping them safe.

Matt Fryer, our Group Compliance Director commented “compliance has always been at the heart of everything we do and it is great to successfully complete another FCSA review rubber stamping our credentials as a compliant, ethical and professional business. Given the recent and continuing focus by HMRC on this sector, we feel that obtaining this market leading independent verification of our compliance standard, is important not only for our own purposes but for any contractors or recruitment businesses who engage with us”.

Get in touch

If you are a contractor or self employed professional and would like more information about Brookson’s services, we would love to hear from you. Whether you are just starting out or established in your field, Brookson has a solution and service to suit.

If you are a Recruitment Agency and would like more information about our services, please get in touch. Brookson has a dedicated Agency Support Team who is on hand to assist you. Benefits of working with Brookson include dedicated account managers, direct access to operational support, tax and legal specialists, compliance updates and workshops, highly competitive terms of business and proactive advice on all legislative changes.