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Chester firm Crest Plus achieves industry recognition

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Chris James Chairperson at the FCSA and Val Lawton Finance Director at Crest Plus

Chester-based Crest Plus Operations has achieved much sought-after recognition from the Freelance and Contractor Services Association (FCSA). The award of formal accreditation from the FCSA comes just as the company prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary year and move to new premises off Sealand Road.

The FCSA is the leading professional membership body for umbrella employers and accountancy service providers supporting the financial affairs of professional contractors. Accreditation demonstrates to those who work with Crest Plus – freelancers, contractors and recruitment businesses – that the company is acting both professionally and ethically within the UK tax, employment and regulatory laws. Coupled with financial stability tests, FCSA accreditation is proof that Crest Plus can take the lead in delivering the highest levels of industry standards.

Accreditation reaffirms Crest Plus’ position as one of the UK’s leading contractor payments companies, particularly in the construction industry. The company was one of the country’s first Umbrella companies and since 1999 it has processed 3 million payments to over 350,000 contractors and worked alongside more than 500 recruitment firms.

On becoming FCSA accredited, Paul McDonnell, Director at Crest Plus said: “Becoming an FCSA Accredited Member is fantastic news for Crest Plus, our contractors and our recruitment agency partners, made all the sweeter as we mark our twentieth anniversary this year. Value, service and compliance has always been at the heart of our business and being part of FCSA is recognition that we are upholding the highest of industry standards. For the last twenty years, our team has worked tirelessly to deliver quality services to the contractors and recruiters we work alongside, and they all deserve a pat on the back for helping us secure FCSA accreditation. We look forward to supporting FCSA with its excellent work in the years to come.”

To become an accredited member, applicants must undergo an independent and rigorous assessment of their business services, operations, policies and processes, all of which are examined to ensure adherence to FCSA compliance standards.

FCSA’s chief executive, Julia Kermode added: “FCSA accreditation is no easy process and I would like to congratulate the Crest Plus team for meeting the extremely high standards required to become a fully accredited member of FCSA. I know that Paul McDonnell and everyone at Crest Plus is passionate about supporting the UK’s flexible labour market and provide a service that is second to none. I am delighted that they are now part of the FCSA organisation.”