Freelancer Awards

The search is on to find the best and brightest freelancers from across the UK who have done the most to support their community.

The IPSE Freelancer Awards are now open.

After not taking place in 2020, this year’s awards will give freelancers the opportunity to submit work and list their achievements from the last two years.

The deadline for submissions is 6 August, 2021.

UK freelancers are encouraged to put themselves forward for national recognition in one or more of the following eight categories:

  • Outstanding Freelancer – to recognise outstanding freelancers in all age groups.
  • Young Freelancer – to recognise the best freelancers under the age of 30.
  • Freelancing Project – open to full- and part-time freelancers, for projects from events and individual pieces of client work to campaigns and fundraisers.
  • New Freelancer Award – for freelancers who started out in the last two years.
  • Collaboration Award – for a joint venture by two or more freelancers.
  • Covid-19 Success Story of the Year – for the freelancers who have done most to support their community, virtual or physical, during the pandemic.
  • Wellbeing Award – to recognise the individuals and organisations that have done most to raise awareness about wellbeing in the freelance community.
  • Best Self-Employed Supplier – for the businesses that do most to support the freelance community.

The application process is straightforward and completely free – nominees simply have to fill in the relevant nomination form based on their last two years of work.

They will be asked some questions and those that are shortlisted will be invited to pitch for an award at a virtual judging day in September.

The IPSE Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 14 October at Kings Place, London.

Derek Cribb, CEO of IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), said: “It has been a tremendously difficult year and a half for the freelance community.

“We are running these awards to recognise the hard work and high skills of freelancers across the UK not only getting their businesses through these difficult times, but also supporting their fellow freelancers and communities.

“That’s why this year, as well as celebrating the best and brightest freelancers – those who have made the greatest success of their business – we are also celebrating the freelancers who have done most to support their communities through the pandemic.”

Key takeaways:

  • IPSE is the UK’s only representative body for the self-employed community: https://www.ipse.co.uk/
  • The self-employed community includes freelancers, contractors, consultants and independent professionals
  • If you’re looking to start freelancing or start your own business, head over to the UMi platform: https://www.weareumi.co.uk/webapp/
Richard Dawson
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