IPSE has kicked-off its competition to find the stars of UK self-employment and give them a helping hand. The IPSE Freelancer Awards is calling on Britain’s best and brightest independent professionals to tell us tell us why they should be crowned the UK’s best independent mind and win up to £5,000 to put towards their business.

IPSE has kicked-off its competition to find the stars of UK self-employment and give them a helping hand. The IPSE Freelancer Awards is calling on Britain’s best and brightest independent professionals to tell us tell us why they should be crowned the UK’s best independent mind and win up to £5,000 to put towards their business. Caroline Martell, Marketing Executive at IPSE, tells us more.
 
The way we work in the UK has changed beyond recognition in the past two decades and Britain has come alive with enterprising individuals starting brand new businesses each and every day. 
 
With over 4.5 million young and experienced men and women making the brave choice to work for themselves, self-employment in the UK is more colourful, diverse and important to the economy than ever before. And here at IPSE, we believe this is something worth celebrating. 
 
Because running a business isn’t easy, for a second consecutive year, IPSE has kicked off a nation-wide competition to find Britain’s most exciting, ambitious and enterprising self-employed people.
 
Our nation-wide competition is open from 1st June until the 1st September before an expert panel of judges whittle down the entrants and hand-pick fifteen outstanding finalists. The finalists will be invited to London to pitch themselves and their business to the panel before returning as guests of honour at The IPSE Freelancer Awards ceremony in London on the 12th November, where the winners will be revealed. 
 
And this year, The IPSE Freelancer Awards finalist will fall into one of two categories. Ten of the fifteen finalists will be eligible for the Inspire Award – IPSE’s award for a stand-out self-employed person who truly represents the talent, work ethic and success found in the UK’s self-employed army. 
 
The overall winner of the Inspire Award will receive £5,000 to put towards their business, while the two-runners up will both leave £2,500 better off. All three winners will receive expert media and presentation training along with a business support and technology bundle worth thousands. The remaining five finalists, under the age of 23, will battle it out to be crowned the overall winner of the Aspire Award – IPSE’s award for a young independent professional showing the promise of one of tomorrow’s self-employed stars. 
 
The winner of the Aspire Award will be presented with £3,000 to help them kick on in business. On top of all of this, they will also be presented with the business support package, technology bundle and expert media and presentation training. All fifteen finalists from both categories will receive a host of technology prizes and vital business support to help them kick-on in business. 
 
So whether you’re the brains behind a start-up, a designer, writer or developer, and see yourself as one of the UK’s most enterprising independent professionals, what are you waiting for? 
 
Visit www.ipseawards.co.uk today to register your interest in the competition and IPSE will be in touch on 1st June to remind you to complete your application. 
 
What last year’s winners had to say…
 
Rebecca Shipham – Exhibition Designer @shipsandpigs 
 
“Last year’s IPSE awards were an amazing opportunity, and I was honoured to win. It was great to be part of a competition that recognised and celebrated freelancers and the self-employed, getting us away from our desks and into the public eye. Winning has really pushed me forward professionally. I feel like I’ve made the transition from freelancer to business owner.”
 
My confidence has grown, and this is reflected in the quality of my work. Every freelancer and independent professional should enter the IPSE awards. We are a growing force, and IPSE and the competition helps us shine.”
 
Andrew Butler – Lighting Cameraman @aajbutler 
 
“The competition helped me to no end. From a professional point of view the prizes helped me develop my business, and the financial advice has helped me understand the ins and outs of running a business well. 
 
“On another level the competition put me in touch with fifteen other like-minded individuals who I could compare notes with and chat about the highs and lows of being self-employed with. 
 
“Meeting the Prime Minister was a surreal, once in a lifetime experience and a story I’m sure I’ll be telling for years to come!”
 
Sarah Dawkins – Freelance Health Professional @dawkins_sarah 
 
“I entered the competition and was surprised – not to mention – delighted to finish as one of the winning runners-up.  The competition was fierce and IPSE ran a tight ship. I can’t thank IPSE enough for arranging a visit to Number 10 Downing Street to meet David Cameron either!”

To find out more, get in touch with IPSE on Twitter at @teamIPSE.