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Checking the Pulse of the industry

One of the ways we can check we’re delivering for our clients is by keeping an eye on the big issues in our industry and what people are saying about them.

That’s why there was keen interest here at Pulse Towers in this week’s conference arranged by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE). 

One of the early topics was the movement to digital tax returns and the government’s Making Tax Digital agenda.

The audience was overwhelmingly supportive of this, although one accountant in attendance could foresee problems, and it was suggested the initiative should be voluntary at first. 

If the reform achieves its aims – making the tax system easier and more efficient – we can see why it enjoyed the support of the room. It’s also a helpful reminder of how we can help at Pulse.

The other major discussion point was the upcoming EU referendum. While an IPSE survey last month showed the gap between those wishing to leave and those wishing to remain is narrowing (49 per cent remain, 41 per cent leave), the room was pro-EU with 61 per cent wishing to remain.

That is in line with our research, which found that more than half of contractors feel Brexit would have a negative impact on contracting opportunities and one in five (23 per cent) believed a ‘Brexit’ would hit contracting opportunities in the future. 

Whatever the result, the way we work here at Pulse means if our clients’ circumstances change, we’ll also make changes to ensure we can still deliver for them.

Finally – we’re committed to understanding how we can help you better. So, while we’ll continue to check out industry events and conferences, we’d encourage you to speak up and give us your views directly.

Get in touch with us with any queries or concerns and let’s talk about how we can help.