Listen back to the biggest National Freelancers Day ever

8 June was a surprising day for all kinds of reasons. For one, this year’s National Freelancers Day turned out an even bigger success than we’d imagined. With more than 400 attendees and over 20 smash hit events across the UK, it was our biggest National Freelancers Day ever, and a testament to the growing strength and importance of the freelancing community.

Listen in to our podcast to catch up with the Freelancer of the Year finalists and find out about some of the highlights of the day:

Speech coach and photographer crowned Britain’s best freelancers

Speech and accent coach Luke Nicholson and photographer Nisha Haq were crowned Freelancers of the Year by IPSE at a glittering awards ceremony to celebrate National Freelancers Day on Thursday (8 June).
 
Luke, and his London-based business Improve Your Accent, takes home the Inspire Award, to recognise the best, established freelancer aged 24 and over, while Southampton’s Nisha was crowned the Aspire winner for the best up-and-coming freelancer aged 23 and under.
 

NFD sessions: finances for independent professionals, with Paul Mason

National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.

NFD sessions: Emmeline Pidgen

National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.

NFD sessions: Broken Physics Productions's Craig McDougall

National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.

NFD sessions: Montfort's Ben Matthews

National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.

NFD sessions: HSBC's Mark Haines

National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.

NFD sessions: the power of investing in relationships, with Griselda Togobo

National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops. 
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.

Get to know the Freelancer of the Year finalists

In the run-up to National Freelancers Day on June 8, we think it’s about time you got to know the finalists for the 2017 Freelancer of the Year Awards.

There are 15 finalists in total: ten for the Inspire category, and five for the under-24 Aspire category. And the IPSE team had the chance to meet all of them at the judging for this year’s awards. So we took the chance to find out a bit about each of them and interview them all for our podcast.

NFD sessions: advice for going freelance with Kelly Gilmour-Grassam

National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops. 
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.

NFD sessions: contractual advice with LHS Solicitors' LLP

National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.

NFD sessions: setting up as a freelancer with LHS Solicitors' LLP

National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.

IPSE announces finalists for Ambassador of the Year Award

Aside from all the freedom and benefits, freelancing comes with inherent risks and uncertainty which need to be overcome, therefore IPSE is delighted to announce that Katy Carlisle, Faye Dicker and Charlotte Wibberley have been nominated for the inaugural Ambassador of the Year Award.
 
IPSE ambassadors are those working to overcome these uncertainties by making the freelance community stronger, more accessible and more inclusive. Our finalists provide services which makes their freelance community feel more connected and thrive in their businesses.
 

IPSE announces finalists for Co-working Space of the Year

IPSE is delighted to announce that DeskLodge in Bristol, Work.Life in London and Manchester’s Ziferblat, Edge Street have been shortlisted for the inaugural Co-working Space of the Year Award.
 
Freelancing can be an isolating career choice, therefore the need to create a tight-knit and supportive community is imperative. Co-working spaces bring freelancers together and facilitate collaboration, networking and creativity in a diverse and stimulating environment.
 

Inspiration for the nation: judging the Freelancer of the Year Awards 2017

Thursday 13 April was a big day in the IPSE calendar: the judging for the Freelancer of the Year Awards 2017. We gathered together 15 of the most exceptional freelancers from across the country, including five finalists for the under 24 Aspire category and 10 for the main Inspire Award.

THE 2016 IPSE AWARD WINNER: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

We recently caught up with last year’s INSPIRE winner, freelancer illustrator Emmeline Pidgen, to hear about her experience of the IPSE-QA Awards, and how it has helped her business since.

THE 2015 IPSE AWARDS WINNERS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

We recently caught up with last year’s winners, software developer, Paul Allington and freelance copywriter Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, to hear about their experiences of the IPSE Awards, and how it has helped their business since.