This year’s National Freelancers Day was a great success. We were joined by members and stakeholders at a packed-out Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London, for our annual celebration in honour of those who take the brave step to work for themselves.
In what was possibly IPSE’s most successful event to date, #NationalFreelancersDay trended on twitter all day, with freelancers from all over the UK sharing their stories on what it means to be your own boss.
For the first time ever, we ran a series of special workshops throughout the day. The likes of Saatchi and Upskill Digital, the delivery partner to Google, came in to hold talks on creating a personal brand and how to reach new customers online.
The IPSE-QA Freelancer of the Year Awards produced another set of amazing finalists – so much so that for one time only we had to create an honorary runner-up in the Aspire category, awarded to the talented Alice Selwood. The Awards evening was hosted by the very funny and deservedly award-winning comedian and actor Tom Rosenthal, with the guest speaker being bestselling technology author and journalist, Christer Holloman. A huge congratulations to our two winners, Emmeline Pidgen and Lauren Razavi, to our runners-up Richard Jeffs, Lowri Roberts and Alice Selwood, and to all our finalists. All of you should be extremely proud of your achievements. There were very few dry eyes in the house once the awards were wrapped-up!
We’re doing much, much more this year to represent the growing number of creative freelancers. The graphic designers, the copywriters, the developers and the filmmakers.
So on National Freelancers Day we launched a bespoke, brand-new offering to let freelancers be free to create. It includes all the business support and lobbying as the standard IPSE membership package, but also more tailored benefits too. For instance we’ve partnered with Adobe to offer discounts on their premium services, and we’re also offering discounts on training courses for design and marketing, to help creative freelancers reach the top of their field. Find out more on the brand new website – creative.ipse.co.uk
We marked the occasion by publishing new IPSE research on the number of freelancers in the EU-28 in 2015, at almost 10 million and climbing. Independent professionals are a force to be reckoned with across Europe.
Over in the policy world, dark clouds are on the horizon with a new government consultation on IR35 in the public sector currently in progress. IPSE are completely against this exploitative, unnecessary and ill-thought out proposal. We will continue to fight for you on this issue over the coming weeks and months.