IPSE award Star financial journalist and author as Freelancer of the Year 2018

June 29, 2018

Iona Bain, a journalist, author and industry authority specialising in finances for young people, has been crowned Britain’s best freelancer at IPSE’s Freelancer of the Year ceremony.

The awards, in their fifth year conclude IPSE's annual National Freelancers Day (NFD) and are designed to recognise excellence in freelancing across the UK. Sixteen finalists across three categories – Freelancer of the Year, Young Freelancer of the Year and New to Freelancing – were judged on the strength of their portfolio, passion and commitment to freelancing, business acumen and the creativity and distinctiveness of their offering.


Iona set up the ‘Young Money Blog’ in 2011 and it has since become the authoritative source of financial guidance for thousands of young people. Following the success of the first British blog to focus solely on the so-called ‘Generation Y’, Iona wrote her first book, Spare Change, published by Hardie Grant in 2016.


The Oxford graduate has written for the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Mirror Money, Herald newspaper, and regularly appears on ITV Tonight, BBC Radio, BBC Scotland, Channel 4 News and across local radio.


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IPSE Freelancer of the Year 2018 winners:


National Freelancer of the Year Award, celebrating the innovation and excellence of freelancers in the UK (24 and over): (winner) Iona Bain, a journalist and author from Scotland; (runner up) Frances Ryan, a journalist and broadcaster.


Young Freelancer of the Year Award, celebrating the most talented self-employed people aged 23 and under: 20-year-old Harvey Morton, IT specialist from Sheffield.


Harvey started his IT support company when he was just 15, as part of a school enterprise competition. It now 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.


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New to Freelancing, celebrating professionals who have successfully become self-employed in the past two years: Chris Pipe, a town planning consultant based in the North East of England.


Chris has a wealth of experience in the town planning industry and as former head of planning for a council and a director for a large PLC property company she knows her way through the planning system from a unique perspective. She launched Planning House in 2016 - an independent planning consultancy based in North East England, which specialises in residential development. The ethos behind Planning House is to provide no-nonsense, realistic support and advice for clients but with a personal service being at the core of the business.


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Co-Working Space of the Year: (winner) Avenue HQ, Liverpool; (runner up) PLATF9RM, Brighton.


Avenue HQ is a stunning, glass-fronted co-working space overlooking Liverpool’s historic waterfront designed specifically around the requirements of the local community. Avenue HQ boasts a broad range of member packages from ‘Flex’ membership at £20 per month to private office space for £600. Supported by Eagle Labs – an initiative by Barclays – Avenue HQ hosts up to 200 entrepreneurs and businesses and boasts a maker space to support rapid prototyping for all members. With a diverse calendar of events ranging from quiz nights and pie days to breakfast meet-ups and tester sessions, Avenue HQ provides a work/life balance to fulfil the needs of the city’s growing freelance workforce.


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Ambassador of the Year, celebrating membership organisations, support groups, knowledge hubs and individuals who support and represent the flexible labour market: Winner, Faye Dicker of Freelance Mum, from Bristol;


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Faye Dicker is a successful voice-over artist who provides the voice of Matalan, LeapFrog and Great Western Railways. She is also the founder of parent-friendly business organisation Freelance Mum – born of her need to provide professional, child-friendly networking opportunities for self-employed parents. The brand empowers parents to grow their businesses without feeling constantly guilty or held back because of childcare responsibilities. A highly driven woman, Faye is on a mission to support fellow freelance parents, and has recently been nominated as one of the Top 100 most influential women in the west.


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University Partner of the Year: Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham



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