Guests revealed for National Freelancers Day event

Wednesday 29 October 2014

A number of guests have been announced for the headline event for National Freelancers Day, due to take place in London's Tech City.

Among the people who will be taking to the stage at the event will be authoritative financial journalist Declan Curry. He will be drawing on his experience of reporting on business and economics over the last 20 years by talking about the changing business landscape. Mr Curry will also be talking about his experience of working as a freelancer.

There will also be a panel of experts who will be talking about the increase of self employed professionals and people setting up a business and the implications that this has on policy making.

Broadcaster and freelancer Sue Lawley will be leading the panel. She will be joined by Labour MP Toby Perkins, who was recently applauded for his efforts to change legislation so that the onus is lifted from freelancers to chase late payments. Minister of state for both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education Nick Boles will also be joining the panel. Mr Curry, radio presenter Nick Ferrari and business expert Emma Jones will complete it.

National Freelancers Day is due to take place on November 19th and, as well as its headline event in London, there will also be live events in Manchester and Edinburgh. Brookson is the lead sponsor of the Manchester event and, along with its business partner KPSol, will be available to meet and greet freelancers on the day.

The theme this year is The Future is Here, in reflection of the impact the self employed sector has had on the economy. In particular, it follows government figures showing a consistent rise in the number of freelancers. A recent report from the Office for National Statistics shows that there are now around 4.6 million people who are self employed and that this figure is continuing to rise.

To honour the specialist skills that freelancers have and the diversity of these people, there will be a prize giving ceremony on National Freelancers Day for the finalists of the nationwide competition 15 for 2015. This competition was set up to find the best independent professionals in the UK.

In conjunction with National Freelancers Day, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) is running a petition calling for politicians to listen to the needs of independent workers and is asking the self employed to sign it.

Speaking about this year's National Freelancers Day, chairman of IPSE Julie Stewart said: "This year's National Freelancers Day is the most important in the entire history of this special day. We're amidst a microbusiness utopia - the UK's independent professionals and the self-employed are growing by the minute. This celebration will go a long way to recognise their contribution to the economy and the important work of this sector which is driving the UK's economic growth.

"With such high-profile guests joining us for the celebrations, our panel of business experts, politicians and freelancers are perfectly placed to understand the issues that independent professionals face and will discuss how to give this sector the support they deserve."

She also applauded the finalists that were chosen in the 15 for 2015 competition, explaining that they are excellent ambassadors for freelancers across the country.

By Victoria McDonnell

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