Weatherer Bailey Bragg team completes Fun Run for the Meningitis Trust

A 12-strong team of runners from Sutton accountants, Weatherer Bailey Bragg, beat the heat to complete their first Great Midlands Fun Run, all to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.The team, led by partner at Weatherer Bailey Bragg, Steve Horsley, chose the charity as a mark of thanks for the support he and his wife Deborah Horsley, also a partner at the firm, received when their young son, Oliver, was struck by the illness as a baby.
Oliver, now age three, was suffering the viral form of the disease which left him desperately ill, but the frightened parents contacted the Meningitis Trust and received “fantastic” help and advice.

Their efforts in the 8.5-mile Fun Run, which took place in Sutton Coldfield on Sunday (May 31) was payback for that support.

“The team did really well in the end,” said Deborah.

“Everyone finished, despite the heat and despite the fact that most of us had never taken part before. There was a great atmosphere and the crowds were so good, especially towards the finish line. They really spurred us on.”

The team have not yet counted up how much money they have raised through the event, but hope to make a “substantial award” to the Meningitis Trust later this year.

You can still offer sponsorship to the team by visiting Weatherer Bailey Bragg’s page on the Just Giving website at

For more information, contact Weatherer Bailey Bragg on 0121 355 1901.

Directors can Claim Government Redundancy Cash

Sutton Coldfield based accountants, Weatherer Bailey Bragg, are advising directors and shareholders of companies that they could qualify for redundancy payments including arrears of pay from the government in the event of their business becoming insolvent.

Richard Miner, partner from Weatherer Bailey Bragg said “Anyone who has worked for a company for at least two years is normally entitled to redundancy pay, based on their salary, age and length of employment. If an employer is declared insolvent and cannot afford redundancy pay, employees can apply for a direct payment from the National Insurance Fund.

“The Court of Appeal has recently confirmed the right of directors who are employees to claim such payments. A director will normally be considered an employee if they are working under a contract of employment for the company.

“However, an lesser-known effect of a director being an employee is that they may then fall within the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), which would mean that in the event of the business being sold, or even a change of supplier on a contract previously performed by the company, the director would automatically become the employee of someone else”.

For more information on the practicalities and implications of directors of companies becoming employees, please contact us.