We're extremely proud of our accreditations.

In fact, we think our track record on compliance is unrivalled in the industry. Here is a summary of our current accreditations, partnerships and affiliations.

FCSA (Freelancer and Contractor Services Association)

The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) is the leading trade organisation for our industry. ADVANCE was the first provider with FCSA accreditation for umbrella company, limited company and self-employment solutions, and continues to be FCSA accredited across all three solutions.

Accredited members such as ADVANCE are independently reviewed against a rigorous code of compliance on an annual basis by FCSA-approved assessors – independent experts who are professionally regulated accountants and solicitors.

The review is evidence-based and a copy is sent to HMRC for full transparency.



The IASME Consortium is a government-recognised accreditation body offering companies a certification route to demonstrate that they have prepared for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The IASME GDPR readiness assessment incorporates all 12 of the GDPR preparation steps recommended by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which will be responsible for enforcement in the UK.

Following an assessment, ADVANCE achieved the IASME Governance Standard in early 2018. Click here to read our press release.

Cyber Essentials

Our IASME accreditation includes Cyber Essentials certification.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme designed to help organisations protect themselves from cyber attacks, minimising the risk of hacks and other IT security breaches.

Since October 2014, Cyber Essentials has been a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts.

To achieve Cyber Essentials accreditation, ADVANCE had to demonstrate that we meet five key security controls. The IASME Consortium is one of just five certified Cyber Essentials accreditation bodies.

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