Would you like five grand to put to your business? Deputy editor at Freelancing Matters, Ben Smith (tweet him @BenSmithPCG) tells us about Fifteen for 2015. It's a competition run by PCG - the trade association that represents the interests of freelancers - set up to find the greatest of Britain's self-employed. We bet Club Workspace members will be in with a chance of winning.
Self-employment is fast becoming the new way or working. Almost five million enterprising people from every corner of the UK are choosing to trade in traditional employment for the exciting and fulfilling adventure of running a business. It has well and truly taken off, and the growing army of independent professionals is show no signs of easing up.
These millions of people across the UK are courageous, enterprising and ambitious. They deserve recognition and a helping hand – because let’s face it, the vast majority of start-ups don’t boast millionaire backers with dozens of useful connections. They are independent people making the brave choice to go it alone because they want control of their own destiny.
The competition ‘Fifteen for 15’ sets out to celebrate Britain’s best and brightest self-employed people, by discovering fifteen of the UK’s most exceptional independent minds. The overall winner will receive £5,000 to put towards their business and all fifteen finalists will win a whole host of business support, financial advice and tech worth thousands of pounds, as well as being guests of honour at a star-studded event taking place at LSO St Luke's on 19th November - right at the heart of Tech City in London.
It runs until 1st September 2014, and anyone – regardless of the size and nature of their business – can enter. So whether you’re a web-designer, copywriter, or even a baker, you could be crowned one of the UK’s most enterprising entrepreneurs this November.
We want people from across all sectors to tell us why they should be crowned Britain’s best self-employed professional. If you are working for yourself and have done amazing things in business, YOU could be one of the 15 for 15. So what are you waiting for?
Enter here, follow the 15 for 15 Twitter account, @15for15, and keep an eye out for #15minds!