Leaning into the challenge

Blog
23.03.20

Living in these uncertain times is unsettling. We’ve been spending a lot of time reaching out to our Associates and Clients to see how they are doing, but also sense checking what is going on in their world. From our conversations, there have been similar threads emerging:

  • The challenge of a rapid adjustment to home working and self-isolation
  • The challenges companies and individuals are facing both from a technology perspective, as well as culturally
  • The gaps in current Business Continuity Processes now that they have really been put to the test
  • A rapidly changing and uncertain environment, which is changing daily if not hourly in some cases

Reflecting on this, we want to step up and put our community first, commerce second agenda by offering free advice and support.

We are committed to sharing content regularly, trying to address the issues we’ve seen from the front line, but also open up our knowledge during virtual events and sessions. Get in touch if you’d like to find out more about our upcoming events.

With consideration of the recent delay in the IR35 legislation along with the focus that we as an organisation have given on this topic in recent months, we feel it important for us to share our point of view on the recent shift.

Reflecting on the aforementioned community first, commerce second; the very fabric of our model is built on a circular economy principle. We support expert talent in the vital ‘Gig Economy’ by assisting our Clients with some of the most challenging and complex issues they are facing. As such we have continued to develop our Business Transformation and Change Consultancy with a robust Services structure to support all engagements.

We identified early on that with appropriate focus on our operating, contracting and delivery model, we had an approach that also provides real clarity on IR35 enabling clients to engage true interim expertise without the need to falsely determine them to be ‘Inside IR35’ purely to mitigate risk.

So what does the recent pause of the rollout of the IR35 legislation mean to business? It certainly eases the burden for organisations that had not yet fully prepared for the changes in April 2020. Business clearly has enough to consider right now without the added complexity of new tax legislation that has often negatively impacted key change programmes. Given what we are all facing right now, that is definitely a positive.

From an S&S point of view, our Services led approach doesn’t change for a moment. We identify the ”steel thread’ within any given challenge and then establish a crystal clear set of deliverables to support the resulting requirements. Our focus is on delivering value within 90 days and then re-evaluating the approach to maintain relevance with our Client’s dynamic needs. The pause in deployment of the IR35 legislation has zero impact on our approach which is designed to deliver rapid, quantifiable outcomes.

So, once the initial challenge of a remote working regime begins to feel more natural, the need to crack on with driving business forward will be ever more critical and will be key to us all to bouncing back stronger than ever. If any of this resonates with you and you’d like to discuss more, we would love to have a “virtual coffee” so please get in touch.

Written by Sullivan & Stanley