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IPSE begins search to crown UK’s best freelancers


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IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) is delighted to announce that it has begun the search for the UK’s best and brightest freelancers with applications now open for the 2019 Freelancer of the Year Awards.

Freelancing deserves celebrating, and that’s why since 2014, IPSE's awards have been championing and rewarding innovation and excellence in the freelance community. And 2019 promises to be bigger and better than ever with four individual awards, including a new freelancer project prize, up for grabs:

  • Freelancer of the Year. £5,000 cash prize for the winner, £2,000 for the runner-up.
  • Young Freelancer of the Year. £3,000 cash prize for the winner.
  • New to Freelancing. £3,000 cash prize for the winner.
  • Freelance Project of the Year. £1,500 cash prize for the winner.

Applicants will be judged on a range of criteria including the strength of their portfolio, business acumen, creativity, the distinctiveness of their offering and their passion and commitment to freelancing. All finalists will also win a range of industry-leading business support prizes, as well as one-year IPSE membership.

The awards are designed to crown not only the country’s most talented freelancers, but also the organisations and individuals supporting the world of freelancing. So there are also awards to recognise the:

  • Ambassador of the Year;
  • Co-working Space of the Year;
  • University Partner of the Year.

Applications are open until Friday 29 March, after which the finalists will be invited to attend a judging day in London on Thursday 9 May with the winners announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Thursday 13 June.

Claire Barrance, IPSE’s Community and Events Lead, commented: “IPSE is, and always has been, extremely proud of the UK’s freelance community. We’re delighted to be able to recognise and honour outstanding achievement through these awards. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do; if you’re freelance, you should consider entering. And don’t worry if you’re not a full-time freelancer, if you’ve got a great side hustle, we want to hear from you too.

“We’re always looking at ways of expanding the reach of the awards and the people they celebrate, and that is reflected in the addition of another new, and very exciting, category: Freelancer Project of the Year.

“Over the years we’ve met some fascinating, and truly talented, people through the awards – from mime artists and crime scene investigators, to origami sculptors and actresses – and we look forward to welcoming many more in 2019.”

For more information, or to apply, visit the website.


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