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    Get the most out of being a contractor in the UK by following these simple steps
    Mar 15, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
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    Reap the benefits of submitting your Self Assessment tax return early
    Mar 02, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
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    UK student visas: Here's how you can get one
    Feb 22, 2018  |  by John Dunn
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    Get your child into state-funded school in the UK
    Feb 21, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
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    The NHS vs Medicare: Which is better?
    Jan 30, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
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    What is the cost of living in London in 2018?
    Jan 25, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
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    To rent in the UK, you absolutely need to have the right to rent
    Jan 19, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
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    This is how contractors can take home more cash
    Jan 09, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
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    5 pro tips for surviving your long-haul flight
    Dec 19, 2017  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
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    10 interesting facts about the UK working holiday visa
    Nov 27, 2017  |  by John Dunn
 
 
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    Splurge with your HMRC tax refund

    by Kobus Van den Bergh | Oct 16, 2015
    With one in every three people working in the UK due a tax refund, it’s easy to get excited about some of your hard-earned cash making its way back to you. The average refund is £1,250 – and, while investing or saving might be the responsible thing to do, we’ve rounded up a few items that would definitely tempt us to let go of a few Pounds.
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    Why contractors need accountants

    by Kobus Van den Bergh | Oct 15, 2015
    Self-employed contractors have a freedom that is not readily available to full-time employees. However, this freedom comes with a unique set of tax challenges. This article shares some of the many benefits of outsourcing your accounting requirements.
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    Moving from Australia to London – a first-hand account

    by 1st Contact | Oct 14, 2015
    While colourful brochures and polished websites are a helpful starting point when thinking about moving overseas, few things are as valuable as first-hand advice from someone who has already been through the process. Celestè Sullivan, who recently moved from Melbourne to London, shares a few helpful tips as well as the highlights of her journey so far.
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    20 strange facts about Australia

    by 1st Contact | Oct 09, 2015
    From its rich Aboriginal history – with tales of megafauna and three meter tall kangaroos – to the country’s obsession with “barbies”, “footie” and “thongs”, we delve deeper to share a few strange-but-true facts of the land Down Under.
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    1st Contact: 20 years of helping expats

    by 1st Contact | Oct 07, 2015
    It’s been 20 years since Reg Bamford started 1st Contact in the Arches at Embankment. This once small business has grown into a multi-national corporation with offices in London, Melbourne and Cape Town. Although we’ve grown a lot, we’re still helping expats get the most out of their lives in the UK by remaining fiercely client-focused.
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    The kickstart London gig guide

    by 1st Contact | Sep 16, 2015
    There’s nothing quite like a London gig. Whether you’re in the mood for rock, smooth jazz, pop, indie-hipster-folk or doom metal, the Big Smoke’s numerous concert halls and music lounges have you covered. Here we take a look at some of the best venues in the capital.
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  • Beer

    Pricey Pints: The cost of a beer around the world

    by 1st Contact | Sep 15, 2015
    Amidst all the recent currency fluctuations and market doomsday predictions our team at 1st Contact Forex have put together an infographic showing you exactly how much bang, or more accurately, beer, you can get for your buck.
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    South African dual citizenship under threat

    by Roderick MacLeod | Sep 07, 2015
    South Africans holding dual nationality were given a bit of a shock on Sunday. It was announced that the ANC is set to discuss the possibility of banning dual citizenship at its general council meeting next month.
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  • Shipping

    Incredible facts about international shipping

    by Roderick MacLeod | Sep 07, 2015
    International shipping is something we all rely on but don’t often think about. In this article we’ve collected some incredible facts about freight shipping to help shed light on this under-appreciated but vital industry.
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    5 quirky London pubs you have to visit

    by 1st Contact | Sep 01, 2015
    So, you’ve just landed in London, you’ve dropped off luggage at your new digs and you’re ready to start experiencing the UK’s famous pub culture. Well, instead of following the herd to the usual spots, we recommend going on a pub crawl with a twist. To help you out we’ve found six unique London pubs, bars and tucked-away speakeasies that will satisfy your thirst for adventure.
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  • man-working-at-home
    Get the most out of being a contractor in the UK by following these simple steps
    Mar 15, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
  • tax-hand-magnifying-glass
    Reap the benefits of submitting your Self Assessment tax return early
    Mar 02, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
  • students-graduating
    UK student visas: Here's how you can get one
    Feb 22, 2018  |  by John Dunn
  • students-school-chalk-board
    Get your child into state-funded school in the UK
    Feb 21, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
  • medical-cross-and-heart
    The NHS vs Medicare: Which is better?
    Jan 30, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
  • big-ben-london-at-night
    What is the cost of living in London in 2018?
    Jan 25, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
  • house-key
    To rent in the UK, you absolutely need to have the right to rent
    Jan 19, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
  • man-making-more-money
    This is how contractors can take home more cash
    Jan 09, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
  • airport-waiting-takeoff-plane
    5 pro tips for surviving your long-haul flight
    Dec 19, 2017  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
  • young-friends-drinking-beer-at-pub
    10 interesting facts about the UK working holiday visa
    Nov 27, 2017  |  by John Dunn
 
 

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