Thursday 8 June marks IPSE’s ninth annual National Freelancer’s Day (NFD) where a plethora of inspiring, innovative, outstanding freelancers congregate in Central London to celebrate the great and the good of the UK’s two-million strong freelance population.
This year’s event at the award-winning, state-of-the-art Kings Place overlooking the beautiful Regent’s Canal in King’s Cross is set to be the grandest yet.
The event includes headline guest speakers such as HSBC, LinkedIn and Intuit, masterclasses, seminars and workshops providing expert analysis and guidance on a range of pertinent subjects such as how to win work, setting and maximising your rates, and working globally in a post-Brexit world.
These sessions will all follow one of three tailor made audience streams: students, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers.
The curtain will be brought down on the event by the annual IPSE Freelancer of the Year Awards championing those at the pinnacle of our freelance workforce. Our expert panel of judges will whittle down the entrants and hand-select 15 outstanding finalists who will have the chance to win one of two individual awards.
The winner of the Inspire Award, for the best freelancer aged 24 and over, is awarded a prize of £5,000 and the Aspire Award winner, for the best young freelancer under the age of 23, receives a £2,500 prize.
Illustrator Emmeline Pidgen, 2016’s Inspire Award winner, said: “Taking part in the awards was an incredible experience – the effect it had on my confidence, as well as the sense of acceptance from the freelance community, has been so meaningful to me.
“One of my favourite things was the hugely diverse and friendly bunch of finalists; it was so brilliant to get out there and make those connections with fellow freelancers
“The past year has been full of so much more creativity without any worry of seeking out commissions to pay the bills. I’ve delved straight into working on some projects I feel excited about.
“I’ve also had the chance to nurture some of the friendships and connections I made at the awards, with collaborations and commission referrals with a lot of the other finalists from this year and last year.”
There are also awards for University Partner of the Year, the Co-Working Space of the Year and the Ambassador of the Year.
For the first time this year, two fringe events will be held in Bristol (Desklodge, Temple Way) and Manchester (Ziferblat Northern Quarter, Tomorrow Building) to reflect the nationwide spread of freelance talent. These events will include live-streamed highlights of the main event in London and attendees will be able to participate, ask questions and join in the celebrations. A networking reception with drinks and canapés will precede a live streaming of the awards ceremony.
IPSE members attend free while nonmembers can take advantage of an early bird ticket costing £37.50. For more information, including ticketing and a full programme of the event, please visit www.nationalfreelancersday.com.