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On Thursday 30 April the IPSE Policy team will be hosting their first Twitter Chat around the General Election 2015 from 12-1pm via the @IPSEwestminster Twitter account.

IPSE announces flexible benefits for the self-employed
IPSE, The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, has today launched IPSE Futures – the organisation’s very own member benefit scheme designed with the UK’s 4.5million self-employed people in mind.

With the election process for IPSE’s Consultative Council opening soon, we want to make sure you understand why it’s important to consider putting yourself forward for election!

The CC is the crucial elected body within IPSE. It has two main functions:

One of the downsides of breaking away from the 9-5 lull is pushing yourself to stay motivated and on top of your work at home. Of course the pile of bills and empty fridge is motivation enough, but sometimes we all need little tips and tricks to get our mind-set and productivity back on track. Here’s a few helping hints on what you can do to kick start your get-up-and-go.

Jordan Marshall, Policy & External Affairs Adviser at IPSE, takes a look at the latest report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies analysing the economic policies from the key political parties ahead of the general election.

Small businesses who plan to make international payments and transfers in the next 6 weeks may be in for a shock, foreign exchange experts FAIRFX have warned saying that Sterling could now become increasingly volatile as we get closer to the 2015 election.

Research published today shows the number of UK independent professionals has hit 1.88 million, with women leading the way in the decision to go solo.
Last week’s ONS stats highlighted an aspect of the UK economy that casts doubt about the overall strength of its recovery. Productivity has now fallen for the third year running, not since early 1990’s has such a run been seen.
IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, has today welcomed a report published by Enterprise Nation, criticising HMRC for their handling and communication of changes to European VAT legislation implemented in January.
IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, has today reacted to the news that supermarket price wars are having serious negative impacts on small scale supermarket suppliers. 
24/04/2015 16:45
RT @BenSmithIPSE: #freelancers & #selfemployed get on Twitter from 12-1 next Thurs & join in with @teamIPSE Policy #GE2015 chat! http://t.c
24/04/2015 16:22
Book your spot on the 'Tax And Financial Planning' event in Guilford, 6pm, Thurs 30th April. http://t.co/4UWfb9j2G0 http://t.co/zxJ1ARj5B9
24/04/2015 15:28
RT @EfipUpdate: A shopping list for our politicians from the self-employed http://t.co/wD3LuVNxRmvia @heraldscotland @teamIPSE
24/04/2015 15:18
Women's #Freelance Network: How to Keep Motivated at Home. http://t.co/fRATApoE88 http://t.co/UkV6Zv50OY
24/04/2015 14:54
RT @InTouchAcc: #Contractor numbers reach 1.88m, shows research by #IPSE & Kingston University http://t.co/wa2fnOipFA via @ContractorCalc
24/04/2015 14:54
24/04/2015 14:14
#SMEs Urged to Protect Against Currency Shocks Ahead of Election. http://t.co/UxVRwi2YCE by @FairFX #GE2015 http://t.co/G2nX4ojnSN
24/04/2015 13:10
Cameron to reveal plans for English only income tax from 2016. http://t.co/ATrbdpw6DF http://t.co/otZBHz8GHy
24/04/2015 12:06
.@PopulusPolls predictor shows Miliband’s chances of becoming PM are strengthening. http://t.co/bluSLkAOQX http://t.co/y8t0wSDAfS
24/04/2015 11:23
24/04/2015 11:12
@MicalaWilkins Thanks for sharing Micala.
24/04/2015 10:32
@LibertyBishop Thanks for sharing.
24/04/2015 09:39
RT @ClearSkyAcc: UK now home to 1.88 million independent professionals http://t.co/1HrRqe2JGk > interesting stuff from @teamIPSE & @Kingsto
24/04/2015 09:28
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23/04/2015 17:26
Fragmenting compliance market pushes up specialists’ rates. http://t.co/riks5YkDjI via @Shout99Ltd #Consultant #Contractor
23/04/2015 17:16
Women's Freelance Network: How to Keep Motivated at Home http://t.co/fRATApoE88
23/04/2015 16:22
Overseas born #entrepreneurs choose UK as base for their business. http://t.co/ByhViLBOpC via @Shout99Ltd
23/04/2015 16:00
IFS finds fault with economic plans of main parties http://t.co/XoxKrEa47V
23/04/2015 15:18
Why #contractors will always need the courts. http://t.co/hXfIrgJMk3 via @itcontracting
23/04/2015 14:46
SMEs Urged to Protect Against Currency Shocks Ahead of Election http://t.co/UxVRwi2YCE
23/04/2015 14:14
Pension freedoms to create fresh wave of later life #entrepreneurs. http://t.co/Kf8IpT1Sjg http://t.co/H8no5cgiQB
23/04/2015 13:31
RT @Jn_Norris: Just updated our "How many freelancers?" landing page with @teamIPSE's latest figs. Up to 1.88m now, apparently! https://t.c
23/04/2015 13:10
Funding circle raises $150m in new boost for London tech sector. http://t.co/PrUs26mSPm http://t.co/yOS2pScjbj
23/04/2015 12:56
@envoid Thanks for RT'ing Chris.
23/04/2015 12:56
RT @iamstartacus: @teamIPSE We've linked with Monkfeet to offer their cost effective online startup classes at a 20% discount https://t.co/
23/04/2015 12:48
@carpenterbox Thanks for RT'ing guys.
23/04/2015 12:46
Independent Professional numbers hit 1.88 million http://t.co/rw2cyidUdt
23/04/2015 12:06
Want 37-40% off @altontowers tickets? Get Corporate Discount off w/ IPSE Advantages: http://t.co/QwpA8TgtuS http://t.co/OeB2sJlA42
23/04/2015 11:36
RT @BusinessMoney: Independent professional numbers hit 1.88 million @teamIPSE https://t.co/wqMlFEGdw6
23/04/2015 11:33
@WSScreenWorks Thanks for following us back guys.
23/04/2015 11:33
@alex_staniforth Thanks for following us Alex. Best of luck with your Everest climb!
22/04/2015 16:47
@hiredbyme Thanks, glad you enjoyed the article! Great job by @shipsandpigs. @Design_Week
22/04/2015 16:45
@BusinessMoney Thanks for sharing.
22/04/2015 13:40
"IPSE backs report criticising #HMRC's handling of #VATMOSS" via @BusinessMoney https://t.co/xr39fLmtUA
22/04/2015 12:36
Teenage #entrepreneur reinventing the power switch. http://t.co/2CU18C2VeE http://t.co/1VhC5cIslb
22/04/2015 10:39
@WSScreenWorks Back at you.
22/04/2015 10:15
@HannahRampton Thanks for following us back Hannah.
22/04/2015 10:00
A Message From The CEO - Chris Bryce http://t.co/Ly13JMld3G
22/04/2015 09:27
@toddy19 Thanks for sharing Alex.
22/04/2015 09:24
@JSAServices Thanks for the mention.
22/04/2015 09:23
@RSBATech Thanks for the RT.
21/04/2015 17:16
Fall in productivity brings independent professionals to the fore http://t.co/uEkLG8WbNC
21/04/2015 16:22
London’s tech sector will grind to a halt without action on infrastructure. http://t.co/BkFmGib2eX http://t.co/6hXhvsU7gp
21/04/2015 16:00
Independent professionals due to come to the fore as fall in productivity raises alarm bells http://t.co/uEkLG9dMFa
21/04/2015 15:18
HMRC EU VAT rule assessment underestimated impact by 340,000, says @e_nation report: http://t.co/wUvICNId50 #VATMOSS http://t.co/4mbhW6V5B4
21/04/2015 14:54
RT @hiredbyme: @teamIPSE guide to the party manifestos. #2015election http://t.co/hj24edB1Du