It was outstanding like the Oscars, had all the bling of the Baftas and was as grand as the Golden Globes writes Jim Cassidy.
Lights, cameras, action!
Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the UK’s night of nights for the prestigious Trade Association Forum Awards.
Set in the middle of London at Shakespeare UnderGlobe, this really was much ado about quite a lot.
IPSE was up for six awards and swept the boards with three of the top honours including being named as the UK’s Trade Association of the Year and according to the judges, “a force to be reckoned with.”
Not even a tube strike could dampen the enthusiasm of those attending as they made their way by bus, taxi, foot and even boat to get to the riverside venue on a balmy July evening.
It was a busy night for the IPSE team who were up and down the red carpet to collect their awards in a magical setting that looked straight out of Midsummer’s Night Dream.
Act one scene one:
The BIS Sector Representation award goes to IPSE.
The judges were glowing in their praise for the strides IPSE have taken in their sector saying:
“IPSE’s activities have repositioned their sector alongside a successful rebrand of their organisation, which was timed to perfection. Support from all political parties has ensured that their sector has taken centre stage at just the right time with the recent General Election and the appointment of a Government champion of the self-employed workforce in what is now a modern and dynamic labour market.”
A delighted Simon McVicker, Andy Chamberlain and George Anastasi picked up this award.
Act two, scene two:
Event of the Year goes to IPSE for National Freelancers Day.
Now in it’s sixth year the preparation and detail behind the now famous event won the hearts and minds of the judges who said:
“National Freelancers Day is not what you would call a traditional event – logistically, the event was challenging with three events in three cities running concurrently with a live camera feed for each, but IPSE rose to this challenge with ease. What set the latest Freelancers Day apart, however, was the participation of the Prime Minister announcing Government’s key measures for the sector, the imaginative use of media and the interactive sessions, the high level of debate, and the positive impact the event had on IPSE’s membership.”
IPSE’s Michelle Lane, Annie Tokatlian and Kevin Austin collected the award.
Act three, scene three. The finale.
The award for Trade Association of the Year goes to IPSE.
A rightly proud and delighted Chris Bryce, IPSE’s CEO, went on stage to a standing ovation to collect this respected and significant award and the judges were fulsome in their appraisal of the progress made by IPSE saying:
“IPSE have had a phenomenal 18 months or so, with targeted and focused actions taking place on a broad range of issues. This activity is ensuring that their sector is superbly represented, and IPSE are making the most of every opportunity that comes their way. They are, quite simply, a force to be reckoned with.”
Before the stage was invaded by Team Ipse Chris Bryce took time out to thank organisers of the Trade Association Forum Awards.
“Everyone at IPSE is immensely proud to be recognised at the prestigious Best Practice Awards for the work we have done to represent our members up and down the country. Our organisation has undergone a great deal of change in the past year, including a challenging but highly successful rebrand to become the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed. To be recognised by our peers for the efforts we make to support and represent our members is a real honour and I am grateful to and proud of the team at IPSE.
“I’d also like to thank the award judges for the recognition they have accorded IPSE and, of course, the team at TAF for their efforts in arranging such a great event. TAF play such an important role in bringing organisations like ours together with our colleagues at other trade associations. Alongside a fantastic evening, we also witnessed best practice being put forward that we will learn from and put to use at IPSE.”
As the Bard himself might have said: All’s Well that Ends Well!