Dragon Perks

Dragon Perks is an online benefits portal which gives you access to discounts and cash back rewards at over 2000 major retailers, including Nike, Asda, Ikea and many more. These benefits are available for free to contractors, agency clients and all agency staff.

At Red Ark, we set ourselves apart from our competitors by providing excellent service with a personal touch. Offering benefits such as Dragon Perks is just one of the ways we can ensure that our actions speak as loudly as our words.

You can order vouchers from the extensive variety of retailers and receive up to 10% instant cashback. Alternatively, reloadable cards are available for a number of stores. Simply load them up and get spending.

Some of the many other benefits that are available to you as a member of Dragon Perks include special rate cinema tickets for you and your whole family, as well as our Wellbeing Area which encourages you to take the time to improve your physical, emotional and financial wellbeing by utilising the virtual gym, free eye tests, a retirement planning service and a legal helpline.

Dragon Perks is not only open to all contractors paid by Red Ark, but also to the agency teams that we partner with. Contact us at hello@red-ark.co.uk to find out how to register for discounts.

Finally, if you’re feeling lucky you could try your hand at the Dragon Perks Lotto or enter one of the exclusive competitions that are run in collaboration a variety of major retailers to be in with the chance to win gift cards to spend in store.

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Our Industry Experience

At Red Ark we offer tailor made payroll solutions for each individual agency as we have experience running payroll services in a wide variety of sectors, from Construction and logistics, to warehouses. This means we can provide bespoke solutions to set you up for success.

From Umbrella, PAYE and limited company pay roll, we offer efficient, and reliable solutions ensuring your experience with us is a great one, while we provide a variety of payment methods to suit your payroll needs.

We have seen contractors come to us for payroll solutions as we offer a dedicated CIS service team who provide outstanding support ensuring all the correct deductions are made.

Want to find out more about our experience and how we can get the right payroll solution for you? Get in touch with us today.

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Compliance: Why it’s so important

With tax and employment laws changing constantly, we make it our business to stay on top of every rule, regulation and law so that you can maintain compliance and get on with the important stuff.

We know that mitigating risk is crucial to every business, which is why we ensure all our supply chains and partners are fully compliant, ensuring your business is always in the right lane and up to date.

Compliance is an important consideration for HR and payroll professionals as it’s crucial in avoiding an penalties that may stem from not following relevant legislation.

Here we share our top 6 tips to help you with payroll compliance to keep you on the right path.

  1. Keep accurate records

Although it may seem obvious, making sure to you keep correct personal information for each employee is very important. Remember, as an HR and payroll professional it’s your responsibility to maintain employee records accurately for the duration of their time at the business.

The personal information of the business’s employees may change regularly so it’s important to keep on top of this as some of this information may likely affect your payroll.

These changes could be anything from a promotion, a salary increase after a pay review to maternity leave, so it’s imperative that everything is processed in the right way.

While it may seem like a lot of paperwork, keeping these accurate personnel records is something that needs to be kept on top of – which is why many businesses outsource their payroll. After all, it’s always better to leave it to the professionals!

  • Manage your employees

It’s important that your employees understand what they need to do in terms of remaining compliant. This can range from making sure they understand the company’s expenses policy, to keeping accurate overtime records.

Making sure there are procedures in places to help your employees is vital so that they can document expenses and overtime properly without leaving your business exposed to any penalties from HMRC.

Putting together a comprehensive set of policies and practices for all issues that affect the pay of your employees will provide them with a guide to follow and help if they have any queries around additions or deductions of their earnings.

3.       Understand workplace pensions

Workplace pensions were introduced in 2012. Understanding workplace pensions is key as it doesn’t matter what type of business you run – even if you have just one employee, this makes you an employer and you have ‘duties’ under the pensions law.

Have you heard about automatic enrolment? If not, don’t worry. This simply means that your business, as an employer, needs to put certain staff into a pension scheme, which you will make contributions towards.

Key sites such as the Pensions Regulator will have more information on workplace pensions, however, if you’re still confused payroll experts like our team here at Red Ark will be able to offer advice too – get in touch with us today.

4.       Use a payroll company

There is always a danger that your business may be investigated. Unfortunately, although an investigation may not find any wrongdoing it could damage your reputation. Some companies use payroll software where audit trails are available.

This function allows you to link each transaction that is made with supporting information, such as purchase orders and invoices, which will validate any payments that look unusual.

However, many businesses employ the expertise of payroll companies to offer them peace of mind as they are able to offer the following:

  1. Guard against fraud
  2. Ensure corporate accounts are as accurate as possible
  3. Provide insights into the health of your company
  4. Keep up to date with the latest legislation

Find out how we can help by getting in touch today.

  • Stay up to date with the latest legislation

As we’ve mentioned, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest payroll legislation as it can change regularly.

You can attend payroll seminars, watch webinars, and go to industry conferences to help enhance your knowledge or you can leave it up to the professionals.

A dedicated payroll company will be able to offer advice on various topics such as legislative changes and new payroll procedures.

Your payroll company will be able to educate you on the latest regulatory changes, industry trends, innovation around payroll and more topics that will have an impact on payroll processing.

  • Submit payroll information on time

Making late submissions, missing paperwork, and changes in reporting all amount to your business being at risk of being penalised. Payroll can be very complex and there are a number of things to consider such as, tax deadlines, shifting paydays, and quarterly reporting, so it’s important to make sure you have enough time to get the relevant information together.

Internally, you can create an annual calendar for the business outlining key dates, such as submission to timesheets and invoices, and when payments need to be made. Sharing this with your payroll company will also make sure that tasks and deadlines aren’t missed.


Payroll can be confusing and complex but staying on top of legislation is important. More often than not business owners can find themselves too busy to deal with payroll issues and ultimately need help with payroll compliance and legislation. In all cases, it’s important to speak to an expert.

Using a dedicated payroll company means you will be in a safe pair of hands, as they will have knowledge of payroll compliance and can assist you with regulations, important changes, and any updates.

A payroll company will also be able to keep your records up to date, file your returns and remit taxes, and support you around any payroll issues, as well as find solutions for any discrepancies in your records.

To find out how Red Ark can support your business by offering expert pay roll solutions, get in touch with us today at hello@red-ark.co.uk

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Introducing Sam Dwyer

Sam has worked in the Recruitment Industry for the last 12 years, from working for agencies to most recently working for a neutral vendor.  Sam clearly understands how important the payroll aspect is to an agency, their workers and even the end client. 

Sam joined Red Ark in November 2020 bringing her vast agency knowledge to put the agency at the heart of all we do.  Over the years, not only has Sam overcome recruitment challenges, but she has also worked with agencies on legislation change and most recently worked with agencies to put in place changes for IR35. Sam is keen support the agencies with the IR35 changes that come into place from April 2021.  

Outside work, Sam enjoys HIIT classes, which are much needed after a wine or gin she enjoys over the weekend.  She is also very crafty and makes lots of personalised gifts for friends and family from cards to frames and even personalised cups and glasses.  She fits this in around her 2 young children, Amelia (6) and Caitlin (4).  You may also know Sam’s Husband, Chris, one of the reasons she joined the payroll industry as Chris has worked for the same industry for the last 16 years… Keeping it in the family!

Sam is excited for 2021 with the new venture and bringing a new solution to your business

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