An umbrella company offers you the benefits of working through a limited company without all the administration and statutory responsibilities associated with running your own company. Using an Umbrella Company enables you to recover any expenses legitimately incurred during the course of your work. This straightforward and highly flexible solution is the easiest and simplest way to gain the maximum benefits through agency work and means that all the red tape associated with being a director of your own company is avoided. Since all the necessary tax and national insurance deductions are taken from your wages at source, there is no need for you to engage the services of an accountant and you can concentrate purely on what you do best ... contracting.

Our umbrella company service includes;

  • An immediate registration process [subject to the necessary employment contracts shortly thereafter]
  • Unlimited support from our Customer Services team
  • Advice on all claimable expenses
  • No set up or winding down fees
  • Fees are only charged to the agency if and when you work
  • Free text message notification of all payments made
  • All payments are processed for same day clearanceinto your account
  • Full employment rights including SSP, SMP and holiday pay


The Operating Companies currently have relationships with around 700 agencies throughout the UK and make thousands of payments to contractors every week in every sector of industry. With over 85% of our business coming from recommendations and word of mouth, we are confident that you will receive the service you will expect and can trust Bar 2 to make your payment on time, every time.

For those engaged in the construction sector who are genuinely self-employed and who have already registered with HM Revenue & Customs and been issued with a Unique Tax Reference (UTR), we can engage you as a genuinely self employed contractor on a CIS Basis supplying construction services to our agency client on that basis.