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At Ecosse Online, we try to be different. We want to provide our customers with affordable web hosting and custom built websites that include all the modern features and professional attributes they need and to be able to operate their website simply and easily.

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Linux Hosting

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We believe in giving customers complete control of their web hosting. Our web hosting control panel is the most advanced available today and is included free with every hosting account

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Digital Signage

Digital Signage

It doesn't matter if you are managing a single store, or a fleet of stores across the country, you want to save money on your marketing budget! Digital Signage will do exactly that and give you complete control of when and where you display your latest promotion

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SSL Certificates

SSL Certificates

Our SSL certificates are great value for money and offer complete security for both you and your customers. With more and more people buying online, can you afford not to have the website security your customers demand?

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CMS Systems

CMS Systems

We can supply professional, comprehensive and purpose built Joomla CMS websites as a completely new product and website or as a replacement for your existing website

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The term "IR35" is a actually a misnomer as it refers to a press release from the UK Chancellor announced in the 1999 budget. The legislation it refers to is the Intermediaries Legislation which was introduced the following year in the budget of April 2000. As a result of this legislation, all contractors need to consider their compliance with 'IR35' legislation. We hope this article will help explain how it can potentially affect you and contractors in general and the benefits of having a website to demonstrate you are seeking new business and clients.

Effectively the legislation means that HMRC can levy tax against some contractors if they are found to be actually operating as an employee of their respective client. Any contractors or freelancer found to be 'within' IR35 can pay a significant amount of additional tax thereby reducing their potential remuneration plus the HMRC can also reclaim tax on previous earnings you made from the same client and this can be a very substantial amount.

Why was IR35 introduced by HMRC?

The intention of HMRC was essentially to counteract avoidance schemes being employed by contractors and freelancers which reduced PAYE tax and National Insurance (NIC) receipts generated for the UK Treasury. These avoidance schemes being used by contractors and freelancers were in the form of 'Intermediary' business formations. These 'Intermediaries' could take several forms but typically whereby contractors/freelancers set themselves up as Partnerships or as a Limited Company to obtain work either direct from an end client or via an agency.

The view taken by HMRC was that a large number of these contractors and freelancers were being treated as self-employed but the actual relationship with their client should have been classed as an employee. The terms and conditions of the contract would define this relationship.

HMRC argued that a large number of contractors would in reality be included on the client payroll and have tax and NIC deducted each month but were in fact disguising themselves as self employed behind a screen created in the 'Intermediary' setup.

Are all contractors/freelancers impacted by IR35?

All contractors and freelancers definitely have to assess their compliance for IR35 and suitable professional advice is highly advised.

Many of the client companies already appreciate the implications of IR35 and have amended their contractual arrangements to try and protect themselves and to ensure those contractor/freelancers providing services for them are outwith IR35. There is no room for complacency however and you should ensure whatever contract arrangements you have in place comply with the legislation. 

There are several very useful resources online which can help guide you - amongst the best being ContractorCalculator who have a large amount of guides and information available. Similarly IPSE have comprehensive resources. Both of these organisations will advise you seek competent professional advice and highlight accountancy providers and legal advisors with expert knowledge.

The whole issue of IR35 compliance is such a grey area that in many cases it can be difficult to assess your position but certain factors weigh in your favour by ensuring the T's & C's and your contract conditions are framed correctly. In addition you should ensure your business 'behaviour' is the same as any other fully independant supplier in that you have all the accoutrements of a typical business - you have professional indemnity insurance, public liability insurance, you meet your own expenses, you can provide a 'substitution' service provider etc and simple things such as advertising your services can help. Obviously if you never advertise because all your business is gained by word of mouth or has been centred around a single client then the question has to be asked 'How independent are you and how do you secure new business?'. 

Having a website can bring a certain legitimacy to your operations as an advertising channel that can demonstrate you do actively seek new business and clients. It is only one element of ensuring you are IR35 Compliance but it does give some peace of mind that you are demonstrably advertising and are trying to diversify and are open to secure new business. This is where we can help you in the provision of a hosting and website design package tailored to your business and particular expertise which serves as an advertising platform to market yourself to the wider world and bring you new clients and business prospects.

Our service includes integration with any other social media outlets you employ such as LinkedIn or Facebook. Any existing presence on there or elsewhere will be integrated into you main website and cross feed each other. If you don't have such an existing arrangement we will help you set up these valuable links.

Undoubtedly you will be busy in your particular field and with this in mind we ensure your website is simple to modify or update (from anywhere in the world via the Internet) and which is built to a professional standard and comprehensive in its capacity. The full package is priced at £100 per year plus a one-off setup fee (£100) and includes domain registration, web hosting and website design plus full technical support - all you need supply is details of your business and your CV - we do the rest.

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    Creating your own web site for your charity or community group might sound like a daunting task but with our Community Web setup, it couldn't be easier.   If you haven't already built a web site for your charity or community group then you should seriously consider doing so as it brings great benefits. The internet is a great way to be seen - and a great way to reach out to people.   Using our Community Web setup means you can have an easy to update web site to help promote your group. It's straightforward to maintain and once it's Read More
  • Content Management System for Service Business

    Why use a CMS for a Service Business? In this interconnected and digitised world we live in, the World Wide Web is now our first port of call for information - when was the last time you looked in a phone book or Yellow Pages for information? The numbers speak for themselves and with more than 700 million websites now existing on the Internet and more than 5,000 new webpages being created per minute you can see how individuals and businesses around the globe are embracing this technology. More and more consumers seek information about products and services on the Web Read More
  • Digital Signage

    In almost any modern business establishment you visit today, you will find tv screens or monitors that display helpful information and perhaps advertising and promotions. You will see these screens in reception areas, in shopping areas both inside retail stores and outside in mall complexes and it is no surprise that traditional billboards are disappearing. The big advantage of these screens to businesses is that with a click of a button they can be updated or set to introduce a completely new advertising or promotional campaign. It doesn’t matter if you are managing a single store, or a fleet of Read More
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    E-commerce is big business, it has been for a long time and it is going to get bigger still. Putting your business online and selling your products to a National or International audience is essential for any successful enterprise.   As a developer, we can’t afford to ignore good e-commerce site design and below you’ll find a comprehensive guide to creating a great website to promote, market and ultimately sell your products or services. This is an indication of what we consider when we build a website and the choices available to you when we create your e-commerce platform. ORGANISING Read More
  • IR35 Compliance

    The term "IR35" is a actually a misnomer as it refers to a press release from the UK Chancellor announced in the 1999 budget. The legislation it refers to is the Intermediaries Legislation which was introduced the following year in the budget of April 2000. As a result of this legislation, all contractors need to consider their compliance with 'IR35' legislation. We hope this article will help explain how it can potentially affect you and contractors in general and the benefits of having a website to demonstrate you are seeking new business and clients. Effectively the legislation means that HMRC Read More
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    Whatever you want to create a website for, be it a small family business or a full powered data base driven ecommerce website, your choice of web host is essential. The right web host will make the difference between a slow clunky site that has regular down time and a site that is always available and blisteringly fast! “We believe in giving customers complete control of their web hosting. Our web hosting control panel is the most advanced available today and is included free with every hosting account” We believe that web hosting is more than just providing web space Read More
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    Trade online safely & securely. Online retail sales are predicted to reach £52.25bn in the UK this year, a 16.2% increase on 2014 when the total stood at £44.97bn. This equates to 15.2% of all retail sales in the UK and means that on average UK consumers will spend £1,174 online in 2015, which would make us the most frequent online shoppers in Europe. With no signs of this growth slowing down, the need for businesses to be online trading securely has never been greater. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the globally recognised standard for securely encrypting information being passed between Read More
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