Year: 2021

PM PROjEN Corporate Responsibility Day

PM PROjEN are excited to be hosting a Corporate Responsibility (CR) day on Friday 10th September to support Halton Play Council and all of the wonderful work they do for children and families in the local area.

This year’s initiative is focused on ‘Caring for our Communities’ and our CR day’s activities will encompass an 11 mile walk from the original PROjEN office in Northwich, Winnington Avenue back to the Daresbury office via Preston Brook. Daresbury Ice Cream Farm will be offering refreshments for all to enjoy on our return to the office, followed by a raffle to raise funds for Halton Play Council.

A special mention and thank you to Richard Alan Engineering, Gilwood Fabricators, Emerson Automation Solutions, Langfields, and Vega Controls who very generously donated a number of fantastic raffle prizes, including a range of Tech, Gift Vouchers, Food & Drink Hampers and Whisky; your support is very much appreciated.

We look forward to what will no doubt be a brilliant and memorable day.

If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause, please visit our Go Fund me page:-

Sponsor link – Fundraiser by PM PROjEN : HALTON PLAY COUNCIL LIMITED (gofundme.com)

 

Changes to Off-Payroll Working (IR35) Legislation Effective from 6th April 2021

IR35 is the description commonly used to refer to the Off-Payroll working tax legislation introduced by the HMRC which was originally given legal effect in the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003. The intention of the legislation is to ensure that individuals working by way of an Intermediary to provide services, who would otherwise be deemed employees (often referred to as “disguised employees”), pay the same income taxes and national insurance contributions as employees.

Originally the obligation for IR35 compliance rested with the Intermediary rather than the Hirer or End-User of the services. HMRC identified that a significant proportion of IR35 status determinations were made incorrectly and in April 2017 amended the legislation as it applied to the public sector, switching the responsibility for the status determination from the Intermediary to the Public Authority.

In October 2018, the Government announced its intention to extend the changes in legislation to the private sector. The change was due to come into force in April 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken to postpone its implementation for 12 months. An amendment to further delay the legislation was defeated in Parliament and the Finance Bill passed its final reading in June 2020. Consequently the legislation came into effect on 6th April 2021.

The change in legislation switched the responsibility for determining the tax status of individuals providing services to the Private Sector by way of an Intermediary (e.g. a limited company) to the End User of those services.

PM PROjEN actively followed the developments from the time the changes were originally announced and engaged with a UK industry expert in employment law, recruitment and personal tax to review all current procedures and to advise us in anticipation of the introduction the revised legislation.

As a Project Management and Engineering Consultancy business, PM PROjEN supplements its permanent Staff using a retained network of specialist Independent Consultants many of whom provide their services via an Intermediary. Where such individuals are engaged to provide services as part of an overall project scope being delivered for our clients, we are the End-User of these services and hence it is PM PROjEN who are responsible for undertaking the status determination of the Intermediary and not our clients.

If, however, PM PROjEN supply Independent Consultants to clients under an Outsourced Technical Services or Secondment type agreement our client is deemed to be the End-User and hence is responsible for making the status determination. In such cases we are able to assist our clients in conducting the Off-Payroll Working (IR35) assessment.

Under the legislation, End-Users have a duty to demonstrate “reasonable care” in carrying out Status Determinations and therefore, PM PROjEN has conducted a thorough review of all engagement processes and day to day ways of working and have updated these accordingly. We have in place a suite of IR35 compliant contracts for the engagement of Independent Consultants to cover both Status Determination outcomes i.e. “Inside IR35” or “Outside IR35”. Consequently, we have been able to retain our network of specialist Independent Consultants, minimise the additional internal administrative burden resulting from the changes to the legislation and, most importantly, eliminate any impact on service delivery for our clients.

Given our experience in this area, we would be very happy to pass on our knowledge to any clients that need support to ensure their own compliance with this legislation.     

PM PROjEN receives RoSPA Order of Distinction Award for Health and Safety achievements

PM PROjEN is celebrating after landing an internationally-recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards.

PM PROjEN has received its sixth RoSPA Order of Distinction, following twenty consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards for working hard to ensure its personnel, clients and sub-contractors get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety best practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running H&S industry awards.

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this Year’s Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on Thursday, September 9 at 13:00 BST.

Lyndon Workman, PM PROjEN’s Health, Safety & Environmental Manager, said:

“What seems like yesterday, I recall receiving our very first RoSPA Gold Award in 2002, and fondly remember making the journey to the Awards in Birmingham as we celebrated the company’s success with fellow RoSPA recipients.

Almost twenty years on, I look back at our journey from a small company operating out of a refurbished garage in Northwich, to the one today in modern surroundings offering excellent facilities to meet the demands of the modern world. As I reflect on the past, I cannot help but think how far we have come, and how the journey has had a few twist and turns along the way. Today we are part of a global family, PM Group, employing more than 3,100 people and the commitment from the top has never been clearer, especially through the pandemic when the need to protect our employees carried greater significance as we worked through the pandemic.

Winning awards are important to any business, especially prestigious awards such as the RoSPA Award. It not only acknowledges our commitment to Health and Safety excellence, but also helps to demonstrate a positive Health and Safety culture, a culture characterised by communications founded on mutual trust, by shared perceptions of the importance of safety and by confidence in the efficacy of preventive measures. Thanks then to everyone in the business for their help and support throughout the year in simply ‘doing the right thing’ when it comes to health and safety compliance. This is everyone’s award and we should all be proud of this achievement.

As we look to next year with the hope of some normality, let us hope that we can once again collect our awards in similar circumstances to the past and make that walk to the stage to collect our awards in person”.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s achievements director, said:

“The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations across the globe, making it one of the most sought-after achievement awards for health and safety worldwide.

“RoSPA is very proud of the achievements of its entrants, and with this award we recognise the best of the best, those organisations that have gone the extra mile, raising the bar for the delivery of safety in the workplace. Employees, wherever they may be should be able to go to work safe in the knowledge that they will return home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. Our RoSPA Award winners are central to achieving this goal. By entering they are driving up standards and setting new safety benchmarks for organisations across the world. Currently, around 7million people are directly impacted by the RoSPA Awards, but the scheme’s global influence is even wider – with nearly 2000 organisations from 46 countries represented this year. I would also particularly want to thank our main sponsor NEBOSH, the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for their continued support for the 16th consecutive year.”

For more information about the RoSPA Awards, visit www.rospa.com/awards

PM PROjEN supporting the Great British Spring Clean

Throughout the week that commenced the 7th June, PM PROjEN took part in the Great British Spring Clean, a Keep Britain Tidy initiative aimed at improving our outdoor spaces, by collecting litter and tidying up our local environment.

A number of PM PROjEN personnel volunteered to go litter picking and they were stunned at the results. PM PROjEN’s office is located in the Cheshire countryside and the volunteers were disappointed to consistently stumble across copious amounts of rubbish blighting the countryside and potentially harming wildlife.

The litter picking was a great success and when also taking into account the efforts of PM Group’s Birmingham office volunteers, a combined total of 18 bags of rubbish weighing approximately 126lbs was collected.

We managed to take a few photos which hopefully give you a flavour of what was involved and we hope to continue this initiative into the future as we can appreciate just how important it is.

Thank you to all those who got involved.

PM PROjEN become Safe Contractor Approved

PM PROjEN, has partnered with Alcumus SafeContractor, a leading provider of technology-led risk management solutions for both contractor safety management and accreditation. PM PROjEN are very pleased to have achieved Gold SafePQQ verification in addition to becoming Safe Contractor Approved.

PM PROjEN will be using Alcumus’ SafeContractor Client Portal to reduce the time spent conducting vetting and compliance checks by three hours per contractor. Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third-party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

Lyndon Workman, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at PM PROjEN, commented:
“We work with some large Blue-chip organisations, meaning we sometimes allocate projects worth millions of pounds to contractors. It is essential that they are following the correct procedures and protecting our reputation with the customer. SafeContractor provides peace of mind that contractor standards are meeting our environmental, social and governance obligations. Onboarding contractors for each new project can be an arduous task. With SafeContractor we can mitigate the cost and time of trying to manage contractors ourselves by accessing a ready pool of accredited contractors. This will build confidence and drive efficiency for our team, which will help us to grow sustainably and ethically as a business. We are living these values by becoming accredited ourselves, opening PM PROjEN to work with other large clients.”

Helen Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise at Alcumus, commented:
“Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place. More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that PM PROjEN has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process. We’re thrilled that PM PROjEN has joined our community and we wish them every success. More than 480 leading organisations, and 33,000 contractors have selected SafeContractor to become safer, healthier and stronger.”