From their base in rural Buckinghamshire, husband and wife Jonathan and Catherine Shellard provide payroll and book-keeping services for 6,500 contractors, guiding them through the complex IR35 tax laws that affect freelance professionals. Their company, Orange & Gold, started out in 2000 by targeting IT contractors, but it has since moved into banking, finance and telecommunications. Its new service for higher-earning consultants, which involves administering a limited company for them, offers streamlined web processing while complying with IR35 legislation. Sales at Orange & Gold have grown 97% a year, from £4.3m in 2002 to an annualised £33m in 2005.
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