A special message from our Managing Director Jason Atkinson

On the 4th of February I wrote an article on IR35 and the “Boris Boost” on the interim/contract side of our business and impact on UK plc. It led to a lot of interesting discussion on our social media channel and heralded a series of information guides and events on IR35.

Thrive Event: Leading people through huge transformational change

On the 13th February we welcomed Paul Whyte, Managing Director of Bestfood logistics (formerly Bidvest) for our second Thrive event and the first of 2020. Our relationship with Paul began when the parent company of Bidvest identified the need to hire a specialist turnaround leader to urgently diagnose and execute the turnaround of Bidvest Logistics. Russam worked closely with the Parent to conduct the specialist search for Paul.


At Russam we are working closely with our interim candidates and clients to guide them through what’s involved and what their options are. If your business is affected by the new legislation, we would strongly urge, if you haven’t already, to start taking steps to determine the status of all contractors operating through a PSC within your business, particularly given timelines involved.

IR35 - Your questions answered

Russam have been navigating through IR35 since 2000 and ensuring that the contracts we agree are fully compliant from start to finish. This article answers questions you may have about IR35 and if you require further help please get in touch.

IR35 - What does your organisation need to know

Despite being first introduced in 2000, IR35 (also known as the off-payroll working rules) has rarely been at the forefront of businesses and charities minds. However, with not long to go until the roll out of the rules to the private sector, it is now a crucial area for organisations to focus on. Read on to understand the key aspects of the legislation, our top tips for compliance and how Bates Wells can help your organisation.

Does your organisation have employee voice?

Well-being, commitment and innovation often suffer when employees feel they are without ‘voice’ in an organisation. Employee voice is key to ensuring that ideas and knowledge from across the workforce can be harnessed to drive innovation in product design, service delivery and improvements to working practices.

The benefits of humble leadership

We know that effective leadership isn’t based on the ‘command-control’ model. Good leaders should enable people to bring their best selves to work, be considerate of the barriers people face and work to remove them.

Interim Management, Brexit and IR35

Firstly, wishing you a happy Brexit day tomorrow; I’ve actually been invited to two parties to celebrate with one issuing Boris wigs at the door! Being a co-founder of the world’s leading interim management group – with about 20 offices across Europe and (currently) some really healthy trading relationships – I have some serious concerns!

Move over founder, the CEO is here

Start-ups are proliferating in major cities worldwide. The chances of success often depend on their ability to scale and sell. The skills that the founder possesses of creativity and passion are not always useful when it comes to this.

Leadership in higher places

The opportunity to meet the legend that is David Hamilton created a high level of interest. There were so many questions around what pushed him to lead 10 expeditions to Everest, what he learned by doing so and what is he like?