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Genie Umbrella awarded FCSA membership

Genie Umbrella awarded FCSA membership

Genie Umbrella, part of the Orange Genie Group meets rigorous independent standards set by Ernst and Young to join FCSA

31 October 2012: The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) will today announce that service provider, Genie Umbrella a member of OrangeGenie Group, has been accepted as a full member of the Association. In joining the FCSA, they will join a number of other market leading service providers including Giant, Brookson, Parasol, Clearsky, planIT Services and JSA Group.

Membership of the FCSA has doubled in 2012 as more companies realise that the only barrier to FCSA entry is transparent compliance and passing an independently assessed entry process which sets the standard for the professional services industry. In order to be accepted as an FCSA member, Genie Umbrella were subjected to the FCSA Code of Conduct a rigorous review process established by the Association, following extensive liaison with HM Revenue and Customs.

The Code is designed to be the most robust and comprehensive in existence. It involves a comprehensive review of an applicant’s business services, operations, policies and processes by means of an extensive questionnaire and onsite assessment reviewed by Ernst and Young.

It is designed to demonstrate to Government, as well as freelancers and contractors looking for a service provider, that a company is financially stable, provides high quality professional services and operates to the highest standards of transparency and accountability. Compliance with the Code is independently assessed and validated by Ernst and Young, with documentation deposited with HM Revenue and Customs at the end of the accreditation process.

Graham Fisher, Group Managing Director, Orange Genie Group said: & lsquo;I am delighted that Genie Umbrella is now an FCSA member. We are determined to play our part in the development and growth of the FCSA. It is vital that our sector has a strong voice that is respected and able to influence government thinking and policy.

Stuart Davis, Chairman, FCSA said:  & lsquo;It is excellent news that Genie Umbrella has been able to meet the high standards required to gain membership of the FCSA and we are delighted to welcome them to the Association. The Orange Genie Group has been one of the stars of the industry in recent years and their recruitment helps the FCSA to achieve our aim of ensuring our entire industry adheres to the strict standards of excellence set by the FCSA code.

& lsquo;At the FCSA, we take great pride in the quality of our membership, the independent nature of our Code, our representation of the flexible workforce with government, and the excellent professional services our members provide to tens of thousands of contractors across a range of sectors in the UK. FCSA membership is the badge of honour every freelancer and contractor should look for when choosing a professional services company to advise them. Only then can they be sure that they will receive a reliable, responsible and robust service.’


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