Community teams with IndyCube to support the self-employed

Thursday 31 August 2017

The trade union Community has teamed up with the social enterprise Indycube to provide a host of services to self-employed professionals across the UK.

Entitled Indycube Community, the new platform will offer bespoke services to all five million of the UK’s self-employed workers. It will provide assistance with expert legal advice and assistance with contract disputes, copyright law, intellectual property and more. 

In addition, the partnership will provide traditional trade union support, such as health and safety training and protection against unfair dismissals. 

A key benefit of the platform is its comprehensive invoice factoring service, which is designed to reduce late payments and cash flow issues. It aims to provide more security for contractors and small businesses by ensuring they are paid on time.

As part of the partnership, members of the IndyCube Community will be able to access the group’s network of 30 co-working sites. At the moment, most of these are based in Wales, but more are set to open throughout the UK over the next year.

These locations offer affordable desk space, along with creative studios, workshops and other facilities. These could help freelancers to save money and operate more effectively. 

John Park, assistant general secretary of Community, said: “This partnership between Community and Indycube will support self-employed workers like never before. 

“We are taking the best bits of traditional trade unionism and making them relevant to modern, independent workers, and delivering them through an innovative online platform.”

Mark Hooper, founder and co-director of Indycube, noted that the partnership with Community will provide employees with support and services that would usually be out of reach.

Mr Hooper went on to say that it is the first time such a project has been rolled out, adding that it will make the working world better for freelancers and the self-employed.

The Indycube Community could have a positive impact on small enterprises across the country, but there are areas where independent professionals may need extra assistance.

One of these is taxation, as rules such as IR35 can have a significant impact on earnings if they are not understood properly. 

For assistance in this area, it is advisable to use a specialist freelancer and contractor accountant. These experts will ensure you comply with the latest regulations, ensuring you are not penalised with fines. 

Reputational damage is another issue that can arise from not adhering to tax laws, making it vital for self-employed professionals to understand their legal requirements. 

By Victoria McDonnell

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