Wednesday, 19th November 2014 marks the UK’s sixth National Freelancers Day (NFD) and this year, the future is here. Almost five million people work for themselves in Britain. Across Europe that number is even higher and worldwide, we are tens of millions strong. With more and more people turning to freelancing, the future is well and truly here.

Over the last six years National Freelancers Day has been celebrating the rise of freelancing and cultivating a nurturing environment for freelancers. Join us digitally and in person as we celebrate the highs (and lows) of being your own boss at a range of events across the UK and online. This year our headline event takes place in London, right in the heart of Tech City. Manchester and Edinburgh will also play host to celebrations of their own while here on the official website we will be hosting live streams and interactive discussions throughout the day. This year, we are calling on the self-employed in the UK and beyond to get behind our campaign to create a ‘freelancers utopia’. Sign up now and support our manifesto for change and get in touch with us on Twitter using the hashtag #NFD2014. On National Freelancers Day 2014 the future is here and being independent no longer has to mean being alone.

The Panel

Sue Lawley

Host for the evening

Invited back to host the National Freelancers Day debate for the sixth year running, Sue knows freelancing inside out. The legendary broadcaster has never been an employee, apart from two years as a cub reporter. Her vast experience and shrewd ability to steer a heated debate make her a key asset for NFD.

Nick Ferrari


Known for his uncompromising style, Nick hosts the breakfast phone-in show on London’s LBC 97.3 radio station. He also has a regular column in the Sunday Express, has appeared on numerous TV programmes and launched sell-out stage shows across many London theatres.

Emma Jones MBE


With a background in international accounting, Emma embarked on her first entrepreneurial venture in 2000, starting her first business Techlocate. After successfully selling the company a short time later, Emma launched the home business website Enterprise Nation in 2006, which has since grown to be a business community of over 75,000 members. Emma is also a co-founder of Startup Britain, a national campaign supporting and encouraging small businesses.

Nick Boles MP


Nick is the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford and was promoted to Minister of State for Skills, Enterprise and Equalities in the July 2014 reshuffle. Notably for those looking to build their self-employed career, Boles has responsibility for many areas around skills and training – including national colleges, careers advice and guidance, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the Skills Funding Agency.

Toby Perkins MP


As Labour’s Shadow Small Business Minister, Toby is responsible for issues affecting small firms and the self-employed including access to finance, deregulation and better regulation, business support. He was elected to the House of Commons in 2010 as MP for Chesterfield. Prior to becoming an MP, Toby set up and ran his own business supplying rugby clothing and equipment and has also worked as a recruitment consultant.

Declan Curry

Keynote Speaker

Declan is an award winning business and economics journalist whose reports and broadcasts have reached a worldwide audience for over 20 years. An experienced and in-demand host and speaker, Declan has appeared on panels across the world, chairing committees and heading up panels at business conferences and events. Declan is also the former presenter of the business and finance reports on Radio 5 Live’s drive programme. Previously, he presented business show On the Money and hosted Show Me the Money, a business debate programme.