Richard Jeffs is the founder of FreelanceDiary, a free global booking platform and app which aims to transform the recruitment process for freelancers.
He has replaced the standard jobs-board model with a Diary, a smart calendar app that transforms freelancers' availability into opportunity. This enables employers to find available talent instantly and make bookings directly. It is a revolutionary idea for the freelance sector and one which greatly impressed the judges.
Richard left a successful TV career, including working on Panorama and Watchdog, to follow his passion for providing opportunity and prosperity to the freelancing sector.
What did Richard think of being recognised at the awards as one of the top freelancers in the UK?
“I’m honoured to gain national recognition for my work,” he said. “I’m now looking forward to helping other freelancers globally achieve great things and Make Great Work Happen.”
Lowri Roberts is a freelance Welsh translator from Oswestry. Her business, Trosi Tanat Translation, provides Welsh translation services to a wide range of clients. Her services include written translation, interpretation and translation training.
Lowri, who comes from a family of freelancers, uses her skills and education to positively influence the use and direction of the Welsh language.
On being named as a runner-up in the Inspire category, earning £2,500 for her business alongside £5,000 worth of training, Lowri commented:
“I’m so overwhelmed, pleased and honoured to be awarded runner-up this year. The competition was high, and I stood next to so many amazing and talented freelancers on that stage. I’m truly grateful for being recognised at a national awards and hope to continue to further my Welsh language business with the awards money and training.”
This year, IPSE issued an honorary runner-up award in the Aspire category. This was an unexpected move and the first time this has happened, but the judges felt that on this occasion there was a strong reason to do so.
Alice Selwood is a textile designer from Redruth in Cornwall. She has already been awarded several prestigious prizes for her work, as well as appearing in Vogue, and the judges saw a huge talent as well as great business know-how on the judging day.
Working from a studio on a small farm and taking inspiration from her surroundings, Alice’s projects range from Cornish-focused history and environment projects to trade shows in Paris.
Following the announcement, and being told she would receive £1,000 and an extensive business support package, Alice commented:
“It feels fantastic to be named one of the UK’s top freelancers. Freelancing is about taking hold of opportunities, and being recognised on a national level is a real breakthrough for my business. I’m now going to expand my marketing and take on a stand at London Design Week.”