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National Freelancers Day – 21st November 2012

This year’s National Freelancers Day is now just three weeks away and flexible workers up and down the country are readying themselves for promises to be an enjoyable but informative experience. The event was launched by Professional Contractors Group (PCG) in 2009 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

It’s intended to both celebrate the hard work that freelancers do as well as inform the nation on the economic benefits of people being able to work for themselves. Last year’s event was a huge success with the message being relayed to more than 6.5 million people. It also won the Event of The Year award from the Trade Association Forum.

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But this year’s event, which takes place on Wednesday November 21st, promises to be bigger and better than ever. Events start at 18.30 on the night at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce(RSA) close to the Strand on John Adam Street in West London, with ticket prices ranging from £15 to £25.

But if you can’t make it down to the nation’s capital to attend in person then fear not, everything will be broadcast live on the website
The tagline for the evening is ‘21st century entertainment’ and the organisers certainly intend to provide that. Veteran television broadcaster Sue Lawley will be host for the evening and she will oversee a Question Time style debate on the issues affecting freelancers lead by political communicator and author Alastair Campbell.

“I define myself as a freelancer because I do ‘a little bit of this and a little bit of that’ which is often the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a freelancer,” Mr Campbell said.

Mr Campbell also added “I also recognise that there are freelancers who are very specialist and have a very particular expertise. I think that in all sectors there is, and indeed should be, a role to play for people brought in either for their expertise or for special projects and that’s why I’m very happy to be supporting and sharing ideas with the sort of people National Freelancers Day represents”.

John Brazier, managing director of PCG, which has more than 1.6 million freelance members in the UK, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming Alastair Campbell to speak at what promises to be a fascinating event at an inspiring venue.”

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Mr Campbell will be joined by business strategy expert Jane Wood, forward-thinking entrepreneur, business leader Bill Parsons and John Niland, who is the patron of the European Forum of Independent Professionals.

A collection of five short films have also been put together and intend to give viewers a fun and informative insight into the work freelancers do on a day to day basis.

The first movie, entitled the ‘The Flexible, Agile Workforce’ looks in what a freelancer really is.
Movie two is called ‘Success for Hire’ and explores the business case for using freelance workers. The third film is entitled ‘Making It Happen’ and looks at freelancer’s prospective on the realities of working for themselves.

Two more films will be released on National Freelancer’s Day website prior to the big event itself. These films have been put together as part of the 7 Days in June project which Brookson are proud sponsors of.

As Brookson are a specialist accountant for contractors, freelancers and self-employed professionals we are delighed to be helping support something as worthwhile as 7 Days in June. And of course we are also very excited about National Freelancers Day!

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  1. Paul Adams

    I went last year and it’s a great event…Looking forward to it again this year down in London!

  2. Martin Hesketh

    It is great to see the coverage of and interest in this event really starting to increase. NFD is a real opportunity to demonstrate the value of the flexible workforce generally and freelancers in particular. It should add a bit of balance to the recent coverage of freelancers at the BBC.

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