National Freelancers Day 2017: Inspire finalists

National Freelancers Day 2017: Inspire finalists


Charlotte Beevor, 25, Surface Pattern Designer

With a Lululemon Athletica and a BDC New Designer of the Year Award under her belt at just 25, Charlotte is a precocious success in the design world. Establishing her surface pattern design business soon after she graduated in 2014, she quickly went on to collaborate with high-profile names such as, Marks & Spencer and Hillarys Blinds.

Creating patterns filled with vibrant colours and painterly motifs, Charlotte designs everything from interiors and fashion prints to sportswear and stationery. After just three years in business, she has already exhibited at events in Paris, Shanghai and New York.


Yoni Alter, 36, Graphic Artist 

Having studied art and design in Jerusalem, Yoni came to London looking to establish himself as a graphic designer in “the creative capital of the world”. His first London show was inspired by the city’s urban landscapes and architecture, and debuted at the Kemistry Gallery in 2014. It paid homage to what Yoni calls “the creative vibe of this amazing city”.

Since then, he has created vivid, colourful designs for high-profile clients including BoxPark, the Tate, London Live and the Guardian. His business is going from strength to strength, and he has many more exciting, innovative projects lined up.



Luke Nicholson, 29, Communication & Accent Coach

Having trained as an actor and studied languages at university, Luke is perfectly placed to fill an important gap in the market: accent and pronunciation coaching. He set up his business in 2012, and since then he has personally coached people from over 65 countries.

As well as teaching one-to-one lessons in his central London offices, Luke also offers a range of free learning resources on his website, and has even launched his own online English pronunciation course. As for the future, he hopes not only to expand his online offering, but also publish an English pronunciation textbook.


Michael Trew, 31, Origami Paper Sculptor

Fish, birds, flowers, safari animals, two-metre tall dinosaur heads… Michael’s website is a testament to the versatility of origami. Since starting out as a professional origami sculptor 15 years ago, Michael has worked with everyone from Yo! Sushi to Harrods and Harley Street Children’s Hospital.

He founded his company Papershake four years ago, and has since been working on even more ambitious projects, including 100 red roses for Valentine’s Day and a stop-frame origami animation for Channel 5. Now he’s looking to start using design software to take Papershake even further.


Phil Richardson, 28, Track Design Engineer

Working mainly on the Northern Hub rail programme and the electrification of the north west, Phil is a track design engineer specialising in track and drainage systems. Although he is only 28, he has already worked on a number of major projects across the north, including the introduction of electric trains and the improvement of journey times for Manchester commuter trains.

Phil has established himself as a skilled and sought-after freelancer in a niche industry. Now he is looking to expand his operation, both with new, high-spec equipment and a range of semi-automatic processes he has developed.



Alexy Dury, 46, Deaf-Related Professional Services

Through her business, DeafAspect, Alexy provides professional services to deaf and hard-of-hearing communities in and around Oxfordshire. As a deaf person herself, she can offer sympathetic and relatable support to other deaf people. She also offers sign language lessons and consultancy on deaf-related issues. In fact, one of her proudest achievements is working as a consultant for SignVideo, a video relay service for deaf people.

For Alexy, the future is all about expansion. As deaf people come to feel more and more isolated from society, Alexy is determined to expand her offering to help create a close and supportive community for them.



Rich Daley, 34, Software Development Consultant

Rich’s Leeds-based business, Fish Percolator, is driven by one fundamental aim: to make a difference through technology. With an extensive background in software development, Rich has worked on everything from Noiz, a ‘Netflix for sound’, to Crisis Dashboard – a mobile app providing discreet support for victims of domestic abuse.

Through Fish Percolator, Rich has also worked with Leeds City Council on GSOH (Great Sense of Home), a quiz-based app that helps people find the perfect neighbourhood.

As for the future, Rich not only has two major projects in the pipeline, but is also looking to collaborate more with other freelancers and enhance his business with a new, high-tech workstation.


Mandy Barker, 30, Graphic Designer

After working as a full-time graphic designer for several years, Mandy set up her own design studio, Sail Creative, in 2016. Her aim was to produce meaningful, creative work that would not only give brands a voice, but also encourage positive social change.

So far, she has worked on an exciting rebrand of Curious Arts (an LGBT festival), a new brand for a law firm specialising in LGBTQ and Romani Traveller rights, and a new set of designs for Eat Me Café.

Her proudest achievement, however, was Words Bare, a project showcasing and challenging many of the comments LGBTQ people face.


Melissa Holloway, 35, Medical Copywriter

Through her company, M Holloway Ltd, Melissa provides consulting and medical copywriting services to healthcare advertising agencies and medical device companies. She has advised a wide range of start-ups and investors, developed guidelines for American healthcare providers and worked on projects worth up to $50 million.

Recently, she has helped with the launch of a new multiple sclerosis medication and also worked on the marketing for a new hepatitis B treatment. As for the future, her next step is to expand her business beyond London, but she also wants to launch a social media strategy and get training to help her develop M Holloway Ltd.



Chichi Eruchalu, 33, Business Strategist and Coach 

An experienced business strategist and coach, Chichi helps entrepreneurial women gain confidence and overcome their fears. Her focus is helping them to develop a long-term strategy and connect to the people who need their services most.

Chichi offers both one-to-one and group coaching. In fact, her group programme is completely sold out. She has also created a CEO Mastery Facebook community. Although she created it less than a year ago, it has already grown to over 2,500 women.

Now, her mission is to spread her message further still and train women all over the world to start their own business and realise their potential.