The Young Freelancer of the Year Award celebrates the most talented self-employed people under the age of 23. It recognises the achievements of people who made the jump into freelancing at an early age and are already making a success of it.
Harvey Morton, IT support
Harvey started his IT support company in 2013, aged 15, as part of a school enterprise competition. Now it offers a whole range of services including social media management, web design, app development and media production.
He specialises in digital channel mastery and prides himself on delivering beautiful digital projects to businesses across the UK. Harvey is especially passionate about offering an open, flexible approach and tailoring his service to every client, understanding and effectively meeting all their business needs.
Leah Layzell, designer
Leah is a designer and digital specialist who uses her company, The Virtual Studio, to help boost female and creative businesses. She provides everything from web design and marketing to automation and strategy services to companies all around the world.
Leah started her entrepreneurial career after having her daughter when she was 20-yearsold. She now campaigns against all age and parental-related prejudices in the business world. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Best Newcomer VA award and is a regular mentor to secondary school children.
Thomas Love, graphic designer
Thomas Love is a graphic designer for film and television, specialising in graphic props. He graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 with a degree in biochemistry but decided to leave the lab behind for graphic design.
Since then he’s created everything from tapestries and hand-painted signs to futuristic computer systems for The Miniaturist (BBC One), Peaky Blinders (BBC Two) and HUMANS (Channel 4). He’s also worked on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Maleficent 2 and upcoming period drama Gentleman Jack.
Josephine Vermilye, zero waste consultant
Josephine is a 21-year-old British, Swiss, American living in London. Right now, she is pursuing her passion for nature conservation through her career as a freelance plastics consultant.
She first started out through her YouTube Channel, where she makes videos on reducing waste. Using a range of institutions, her global online community and her personal life experience of cutting out plastic, she advises organisations trying to phase out single-use plastics, helping make the process smooth, cost-effective, ecological and scandal-free.