Three universities join IPSE to support future entrepreneurs

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The IPSE has joined forces with three additional universities in order to provide their excellent support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed is now partnered with 10 universities across the UK after beginning new partnerships with Leeds Arts University, the University of Westminster and Birbeck University.

The University of Westminster and Leeds Arts University both already offer careers advice on self-employment, however, by partnering with IPSE, they will be significantly extending their support for aspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers.

Through IPSE, universities will have access to freelancing guides and business materials for their students. Those wanting to join the self-employed sector will also be able to attend IPSE workshops and events, as well as receiving a wide range of support materials and regular industry and policy updates and they will have all the latest information about pursuing a self-employed career.

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Chris Bryce, IPSE’s CEO, commented, “This is a significant expansion of our university partnerships programme, and an important step forward in how we engage with students aspiring to self-employment. We greatly look forward to working with the University of Westminster and Leeds Arts University – and also renewing our highly successful partnership with Birkbeck.”

Shiela Birungi, University of Westminster Creative Enterprise Centre and Student Entrepreneurship Programme Manager, added, “At the core of our mission at the Creative Enterprise Centre is promoting and championing self-employment and entrepreneurship as a valid graduate career pathway for University of Westminster students. We look forward to working with IPSE as university partners, giving our students the chance to take full advantage of their wide-ranging resources and services for freelancers and the self-employed.”

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Why Dolan Accountancy?

Dolan Accountancy was set up by Simon J Dolan, the man behind the well-known brand SJD Accountancy. With over 25 years experience in the contracting marketing, Dolan Accountancy has the heritage, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, Contractor Umbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £95 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

  • Free Company Formation – This is where it all begins. Once you have decided on an available name, we will form your company free of charge (if using our accountancy services) and it will be ready for you to use in as little as three hours.
  • Free use of Contractor Umbrella – With changes in Public Sector IR35 Legislation we understand that sometimes you are required to contract via an umbrella company. We will keep your limited company ticking over, while you work margin free via our sister company, Contractor Umbrella.
  • A Dedicated Accountant – Your accountant will be there for any company or personal tax advice that you require. We will never outsource work, even to internal teams.
  • Free Access to FreeAgent – The founder behind the multi award winning FreeAgent platform was one of Simon’s first clients, therefore it only seems fitting that we offer all of our clients access to FreeAgent, free of charge.
  • Free Business Banking – We have decided to waive our commission so our clients can use Tide free of charge for the first year.
  • Unlimited IR35 Status Reviews – We will review all of your contracts for IR35 purposes and provide you with our professional opinion as to its status.
  • Free Registered and Director’s Service Office Address – Sometimes you just don’t want your home address on display at Companies House. When you sign up to our accountancy services, we will offer the use of our address as an alternative.
  • Your Business and Personal Taxation Needs – This includes Company Accounts, Director’s Personal Tax Return, VAT Returns, Payroll, Corporation Tax and Dividend advice, to name just a few.
  • Same day payments- We offer same day payments as standard providing funds are received into our account by 9am, for no additional fee.

If you’d like to find out more about how Dolan Accountancy can help you and your business, please give us a call on 01442 795100 or email or