Samuel – Age 4

This Christmas time we decided to run a drawing competition. Entrants were asked to draw or paint a digger in any setting they chose. We received sixteen delightful entries from budding artists as young as two and a half years up to nine years old.

Entries were judged by the entire team at Kelsey Plant Hire, each chose their top 4 pictures and then all scores were totaled up.

The results were:

1st Place and Prize Winner – Samuel – 4 yrs 

Joint 2nd – Lula – 4 yrs


Joint 2nd – Logan – 6yrs


3rd place – Jacob – 5yrs



Very well done to everyone who took part – Brilliant!

ALL ENTRIES can be viewed on our previous Competition News post.


Just a reminder that, as workers within the UK’s construction industry, you should ensure that you are making full utilisation of HMRC’s flat-rate expenses scheme. Don’t miss out on your full available tax relief. Tax preparation specialist David Redfern, Managing Director of DSR Tax Claims Ltd, issued this as a reminder to construction workers on the run up to year end.

According to the tax experts at DSR Tax Claims Ltd, most can use flat-rate expenses as an easier way of claiming tax relief on work-related expenses without the hassle of having to keep receipts or detailed financial records. HMRC sets a “flat rate” of expense that can be claimed, rather than employees claiming the actual cost of work expenses.

These expenses can comprise such items as tools, protective and safety gear and cost of professional subscriptions. Redfern is urging all construction workers to ensure that you are fully utilising your employee tax relief, stating that “It might surprise many construction workers to discover just how quickly their work expenses can add up – whether they relate to their work uniform or the cost of obtaining and maintaining their CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card”. He added that “Not everyone can be bothered with the fuss of claiming for each and every receipt they get and that is where HMRC’s flat-rate expense scheme comes in – by fully utilising this tax relief scheme, construction workers can make sure that they are still claiming their available tax relief without the need to keep time-consuming in-depth financial records. In the run up to Christmas, every penny counts and all you need to do is fill in a simple HMRC form”.

Redfern reminded construction workers that flat-rate expenses are only applicable to construction workers who work for an employer and pay tax via the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system. Construction contractors who are part of the CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) are required to use the Simplified Expenses scheme in conjunction with their Self Assessment tax return instead. He commented that “Although CIS workers can’t use flat-rate expenses as they are for employees only, contractors can still make easy work of their expenses by using HMRC’s simplified expenses scheme. Although you can’t claim the actual cost of your expenses, simplified expenses can help you to make full use of the tax relief options open to you”.

Redfern finished with a word of warning to those tempted to abuse the tax relief schemes, stating that “HMRC take tax compliance very seriously and although flat-rate and simplified expenses are an easy way to claim tax relief, HMRC’s system of fines and penalties will soon outweigh the benefit where tax evasion is discovered”.



As it’s Christmas time we thought we would run a competition for your KIDS to enter.
The prize is a big box of LEGO to bring out the ‘builder’ in them.

Competition Prize

TO ENTER they must produce a colourful drawing or painting of a digger at work on any kind of landscape.

Then the picture must be photographed and emailed to Please write ‘COMPETITION’ in the subject line and include the name and age of the entrant within the email. Only original artwork to be entered – no cheating!

The drawing competition is now closed.

ALL artwork entries are displayed below for everyone to see.

One lucky winner will be notified by Thursday 20th and the big box of LEGO will arrive in time for Christmas (hopefully).

Well done to all the children who have produced brilliant pictures and GOOD LUCK!

ENTRIES RECEIVED and displayed in no particular order: