Celebrating National Freelancers Day!

Intouch celebrate National Freelancers Day with IPSE

We’d like to wish the UK’s freelancing and contracting community a very happy National Freelancers Day! Today is all about celebrating the contribution you and your colleagues make to the UK’s economy and recognising your talents and professionalism through the leading body for independently employed professionals – IPSE.

 

This year’s event sees a new format as the day has been redesigned and extended to give practical advice on how to be on top of your game. With a day full of interactive workshops, seminars, networking, advice sessions and the IPSE-QA Freelancer Awards for the UK’s best independent minds, IPSE is making the event at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden the one to attend for those looking to further their self employed success. And the icing on the cake is that the event is free of charge!

 

#NoFreeWork

This year’s event focuses around the concept that contractors and freelancers should say no to completing any work free of charge. It’s a subject which we also feel strongly about, as your time is precious and should never be taken for granted. For tips on how to ensure you get what you need and want from your contracts, check out our latest blog as shared with Women in Technology. We’ve also recently blogged about tips for preventing late payments from clients and what action you can take when payments are late.

 

Who are IPSE?

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) currently represents over 67,000 contractors, freelancers and consultants from every professional sector of the economy. Run and owned by its members, IPSE is a non profit organisation, whose main purpose is to educate and empower its members.

 

With a wealth of knowledge, professional advice and support, IPSE is the EU’s largest association for the self employed.

 

How can IPSE help you?

IPSE offer two membership packages that many contractors and freelancers consider an essential must-have to complement their career. Find out more details and take advantage of a 10% discount for a new IPSE membership.

 

This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.

Intouch Accounting celebrate National Freelancers’ Day

Happy National Freelancers Day!

If you’re one of the five million freelancers currently working within the UK, then today is all about you. Here at Intouch Accounting we recognise the invaluable contribution freelancers make to the UK economy and so we are helping celebrate by having a ‘freelancer day’ at the Intouch office.

 

Whilst the Intouch team are blissfully happy looking after the needs of our clients, we wanted to have a bit of fun and celebrate today in our own way. So we put our heads together and decided to come in dressed as the freelancer we’d be if we weren’t accountants!

 

Take a look below to see if you can guess what each person would be:

 

National Freelancers' Day

 

 

Every year NFD is celebrated and hosted by IPSE and this year’s event will be held at the exclusive Hospital Club in Covent Garden to showcase and celebrate the UK’s most ambitious, exciting and aspiring freelancers. IPSE will be awarding 15 of the best self-employed individuals and crowning one winner in particular.

 

There’s also a separate award for under 23s (the Aspire Award) and one for the veteran freelancers (the Inspire Award). The winner of the Aspire award will win £3,000 along with a technology bundle and the winner of the Inspire Award will win £5,000!

 

From all of us here at Intouch Accounting we’d like to offer our best wishes for all who are taking part and many congratulations to the winners and runners up. Have a fantastic night everyone!

 

If you’re considering freelancing or have already taken the leap, ensuring that you maximise your take home pay whilst remaining compliant will be at the top of your priority list. If you’re struggling with doing your accounts by yourself, or are currently using an Umbrella company that’s leaving you out of pocket, call our team today on 01202 375 562 to discuss your options.

 

This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.

23rd November – National Freelancers Day

Leading political, media and business figures join our National Freelancers Day lecture panel

National Freelancers Day lecture and question and answer session promises to be informative, intriguing and inspirational.

The event at Stationers’ Hall in London on 23rd November, supported by Telegraph Media group will see Dr James Bellini, a leading futurologist, map out the role the freelance community should play in the economic future of the UK and how this growing sector can ride the financial downturn and emerge better equipped to face the future.

Dr Bellini will be joined afterwards by a panel of leading political, media and business figures in a question and answer session before an invited audience. On the panel will be:

 

Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke:

Helen Liddell was made a life peer earlier this year. A former BBC economics journalist, Helen entered Parliament when she won Monklands East in 1994 in a by-election following the death of the then Labour Leader John Smith. During her spell at Westminster Helen held a number of Ministerial appointments among them, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and also Secretary of State for Scotland before standing down at the General Election in 2005. An economics graduate, Helen won many friends as British High Commissioner to Australia from 2005 to 2009 and is a Privy Councillor.

 

Damian Reece, Head of Business for Telegraph Media Group:

Damian was previously City Editor of the Daily Telegraph. He joined the newspaper in November 2005 having been City Editor at the Independent newspaper for two years and Assistant City Editor at the Sunday Telegraph from 1999-2003. Prior to that he worked on the launch of Sunday Business. He writes a daily business column and has covered a wide variety of industries as a reporter during a 20 year career including the media, consumer goods, leisure, technology, telecoms and personal finance.

 

John Brazier, PCG Managing Director:

John joined PCG as its Managing Director in September 2007, having spent the previous twelve years as CEO of another leading association and following an extensive domestic and international career in publishing.?John plays a key role in PCG and acts as its main spokesperson on matters of overall policy. Working with the Board, he agrees the forward strategy and aims for the organisation and ensures the successful implementation of business plans to achieve this. John also plays a key role in cultivating industry relationships with all stakeholders and associates of PCG, whilst overseeing the management of PCG’s executive support team. John was awarded the “Leadership Award”, in recognition of his work in accelerating PCG forwards, at the prestigious Trade Association Forum 2010 Best Practice Awards

 

Emma Jones founder and editor of Enterprise Nation:

Emma established Enterprise Nation, her home business website, and has started two businesses herself from her home offices in London, Manchester and rural Shropshire. Following a career with an international accountancy firm, Emma started her first business at the age of 27 and successfully sold it just 15 months after launch. The home business website was launched in 2006, and has attracted a regular readership of more than 250,000 people. Emma has written for Enterprise Nation since its launch and also for the Financial Times, City AM and customer magazines, including for Orange, Microsoft, BT and Viking Direct. Emma has advised government agencies on how to encourage and support homeworking.

The event will be hosted by television icon Sue Lawley. Sue has always been a freelance journalist, first in newspapers and then at the BBC where she is best known as the anchor of the nation’s main news bulletins. For eighteen years she was the voice of Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ and for the past ten years she has chaired the BBC’s prestigious ‘Reith Lectures’.

Simon McVicker, PCG’s Head of Public Affairs said:

“It is looking to be a prestigious and exhilarating event, everyone at PCG is excited at the stature and quality of our panelists.”

A limited number of seats are still available.  People unable to make it to the event can register to listen to the free audiocast and access the live debate online at: www.nationalfreelancersday.org.uk

 

This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.