At IPSE we are there for independent professionals no matter how or where they work. We understand the importance of organisations supporting freelancers and the self-employed in their communities. In recognition of the work being done by individuals and groups IPSE have developed an Ambassador programme to enhance and complement their activities.


Who can be an IPSE Ambassador?

Any business that promotes the flexible economy and support independent professionals in their communities. This includes other membership organisations, support groups, networking groups, knowledge hubs and co-working spaces.

Support Offered

  • Ambassador profile on the IPSE Website
  • Fortnightly newsletter with information for you and your members
  • Monthly updates on what IPSE is doing, including research projects, results and policy initiatives and focus
  • Promotion of your events through our online calendar and social media channels 
  • IPSE representation at your events
  • IPSE promoting your competitions
  • Involvement with IPSE Research
  • Involvement with IPSE Policy
  • Potential IPSE Magazine feature on your organisation
  • Entry into the IPSE Ambassador of the Year Award
  • Discounts on IPSE Plus membership for your clients

Register your interest

Our Ambassadors

Freelance Mum

Freelance Mum is a networking group established by voiceover artist Faye Dicker – born of her own need of running her own business around motherhood! With restricted child-free time and unable to make connections, she realised there was a huge need for fellow freelance parents to meet up WITH their children. And if it didn’t exist, then she’d have to invent it!

Her second daughter was just 11 weeks old when Faye led a group of 15 women and their little ones on a facilitated walk around Bristol’s Harbourside in July 2014. It was a huge success… and so networking with Freelance Mum. Today there are two monthly meetings where up to 40 mums (and a few dads!) gather with their babies and toddler in tow to network with likeminded business folk. 

Throughout the two hours, there are toys and craft activities on offer to keep little people entertained, plus guest speakers for the adults. No one bats and eye lid if you breastfeed while talking about GDPR or change a nappy while discussing the merits of social media. It is an inclusive, support, environment, where people and their businesses flourish - during what could typically be an isolating time. 

In addition, attendees can join a private Facebook group, The Mothership, so the support and networking can continue. It’s the Mother of all networking.


The Dots

 Dubbed 'The next LinkedIn?' by Forbes, The Dots is designed around the networking needs of 'no-collar' professionals, creators, freelancers and entrepreneurs. As routine jobs become more automated, these no-collar professionals will represent the future workforce. 


The Dots founder Pip has put helping businesses build diverse teams at the heart of everything they do. Currently, The Dots community stands at 68%+ women, 31%+ BAME and 16%+ LGBT+. The Dots also do a lot of work around socioeconomic diversity and neurodiversity to fuel a more balanced industry of the future.


Freelance Folk

Freelance Folk originally started life in 2015 as Freelance Friday, a weekly coworking session on Friday afternoons in Manchester for freelancers, remote workers, or people thinking of becoming self employed. They've recently expanded their coworking offering to Sheffield and Bristol, plus now have a monthly social in Manchester on the last Friday of the month.

Freelance Folk is the brainchild of Katy Carlisle. It was set up for freelancers to talk about the very similar issues that are faced, yet people would struggle through them on our own. Freelancers now come together for a few hours every week, in a way that they can get on with their own work but in the company of others. It also allows people to make useful connections, ask advice or for a second opinion and just have a chat about any issues that they were dealing with around being self employed. 




Desklodge was created with love and care and a dream to provide companies, contractors and freelancers with a home to work from and run their business, in one easy managed space. We thrive on driving engagement and collaboration in our spaces, so we build communities by creating a great working environment, with a place to network, expand and recruit.


Being Freelance

The podcast where creative freelancers chat about being, well, freelance.

Since 2015 over 100 freelancers have shared their freelance stories, tips and advice.



Proud to be passionately championing, supporting and nurturing the VA industry.  

VIP VA is the organisation, training academy and community exclusively created for VAs & freelancers.

At VIP VA we are proud to be the leading organisation pioneering the setting of VA industry standards, accrediting VAs and helping businesses find the safe pair of hands they need.  

We are passionate about changing the face of the VA industry, and supporting the global VA industry as it grows.


Luan Wise

Luan loves to share her passion for marketing. This is done by speaking at events and conferences, through social media (mainly Twitter and LinkedIn) and also my blog.

Talks include up-to-date statistics, best practice case studies and plenty of top tips for delegates to take away and implement.

The Wheelhouse

You’ll find The Wheelhouse in reinvigorated locations. So you’ll be plugged into a buzzy local place with like-minded people.

We provide a friendly environment for you to drive your business forward. We want you and your business to flourish, that’s why we’re big on community and low on cost.

A wheelhouse is the place where you navigate a boat. You gain a good perspective, with all the right tools to hand. We hold true to these principles to help you succeed.


Chester Devs

Chester Devs is a user group for programmers/developers. Meeting monthly in Chester to listen to a talk from an industry expert, share experiences and eat pizza. This is not language specific and most of the talks are methodology or technology based.



Carl Reader

Carl is a passionate advocate of the self employed, with the aim of helping everybody realise that business isn't difficult and that they can Be Their Own Boss. He is the author of The Startup Coach and The Franchising Handbook, has appeared as a columnist or contributor in most newspapers, and regularly speaks at business events across the UK and globally. He is proud to support IPSE.


Portsmouth Freelance Meet

Portsmouth Freelancers Meet (aka PFMeet) is a monthly networking group for all creative types – web designers, graphic designers, developers, film makers, artists, photographers… you name it!

We meet at various venues across Portsmouth, and often have an creative activity or a special event planned, such as retro gaming nights, Summer BBQ’s and talks.

PF Meet is not just for freelancers. As well as freelancers, we also get contractors, agencies, students, graduates and people who are just curious and want to get some advice about working for yourself or in the creative industry.


Young Enterprise Scotland

Young Enterprise Scotland has been inspiring & equipping young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise since 1992. Every year they support around 15,000 young people, from all backgrounds, develop their business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills & ultimately become more employable.

The dedicated & passionate team of staff are supported by over 600 volunteers from the business community to help them to realise their vision for Scotland to be a place where all young people should be given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start their journey.


battarsea arts centre


BAC Scratch Hub

Battersea Arts Centre is one of the UK's leading cultural centres with a reputation for innovation and creativity. Following a major refurbishment project last year, a new coworking space and concept was launched. A vibrant, diverse community bringing together London's creatives, entrepreneurs, social enterprises, freelancers and start-ups. The Scratch Hub is a space to be inspired, network and grow great ideas.


Museum Freelance

Museum Freelance is an organisation that supports and champions freelancers and consultants working with museums, galleries, heritage sites, archives and libraries in the UK. 

It’s run by freelancers, for freelancers and provides a platform and opportunities for freelancers to collaborate, learn and flourish.  

Museum Freelance facilitates online and in-person networking and sharing within a community of over 1,200 freelancers; runs training courses and a conference; and undertakes lobbying and advocacy on behalf of freelancers. 

Museum Freelance is run by cultural consultants Marge Ainsley and Christina Lister.


UK Event Freelance

UK Event Freelance is a social network for freelancers who work in events, exhibitions and brand experience and those who employ them.  Setup in 2011 with the goal of creating a community of freelancers and connecting them to work, it now has over 2,000 members and a very active Facebook group.




Business Wales

Business Wales offers a single point of contact for businesses and entrepreneurs of any age to access advice and support from public, private and voluntary sectors, and can be accessed online via, the 03000 6 03000 helpline and a network of offices located across Wales.

For young entrepreneurs under the age of 25, Big Ideas Wales, part of the Business Wales service, provides a dedicated programme of activity including online resources, Big Ideas Celebrated, the Bootcamp to Business amongst a broader range of events, workshops and start up support.

Crème de la crème

Crème de la crème connects the professional world with a vetted community of freelancers thanks to technology and the platform they've built. 

Their community is made up of experts in tech/data, marketing/communication or design/product. 

Strong with more than 5,000 corporate clients - among which +150 are large corporations - they've recently opened an office in the UK and are based in Central London.

Contact: [email protected]

Timeless Marketing

Timeless Marketing specialises in freelance creative filmmaking and event organising. The videos we make are entertaining and memourable plus attract new customers and help to build a timeless brand. Our inventive events help business’s market themselves innovatively. We’d love to work with you. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.




The Moderna

The Moderna is a community of like-minded, talented, multi-passionate freelancers and digital nomads who believe in a modern way of working. Our online platform offers business resources and tips that work for the modern female freelancer but also lifestyle inspiration on how to make the most of the time and energy that you invest in your relationships, style, travel, homes and well-being. With our online hub and premium member events experiences designed to connect you with other freelancers, The Moderna provides the modern female entrepreneur tools for vision, a platform for connection and the inspiration to live life by design.



Mac&Moore (London-based but UK-wide) was founded by Jess & Nat, two marketing professionals with over 17+ years experience and a proven track record of solving business challenges through creative and strategic marketing alongside a flexible and collaborative approach.


The CIPR Independent Practitioners Network is the only network group dedicated to independent and freelance communication professionals at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Co-founders Dominic Ridley-Moy and Ebony Gayle aim to bring members together to discuss, network and learn from each another about issues facing communicators working independently whether in the UK or abroad. 





Leapers is a community of people who are actively designing how they work. We support anyone who is leaping away from the traditional models of work - and doesn’t want to do it on their own. 


Founded in 2017 by Matthew Knight as a way to explore what the future of work might look like, we are now over 500 people from across 17 timezones, and also creating tools and products to help people on their journey - whether it be to better understand and communicate how you work, or to celebrate the little wins along the way. 


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Crafty Fox Market is here to support talented emerging designer makers and artists with opportunities to showcase and sell their work.  We achieve this by hosting quality markets in a variety of venues across London as well as connecting our makers to the creative industry via our Shopping With Soul directory.


The Hoxby Collective

The Hoxby Collective has a vision to create a happier, more fulfilled society by changing the way people work. It is a global community of talented freelancers who work together to provide marketing, sales, HR, finance, legal and admin services to companies around the world. Our revolutionary model is entirely virtual and provides a uniquely flexible way of working. By giving everyone the freedom to choose where and when they work, the 9-5, 5-day-week structural bias is removed, to create genuine equality of opportunity and unrivalled value for our clients.





Beyondtheschoolrun was launched in March 2012 as a place to help parents utilise their skills and talents in the hours available to them and for businesses to connect with this pool of talent. The platform includes their website, social media pages including the Facebook group ‘flexible working for mums’, a fortnightly newsletter and thier YouTube channel.  Founded by Louise Webster, author of ‘A New Way for Mothers’ which is available on Amazon.


Freelance Heroes

Launched in May 2016, Freelance Heroes is an online community of over 2500 freelancers from all over the UK, representing a variety of industries and experiences. Every day, the community ask and answer questions to help each other clear the hurdles needed to run and grow their freelance business, however big or small the challenge may be. Set up and run by Ed Goodman and Annie Browne, Freelance Heroes is a peer-group for all UK freelancers, wherever you are on your freelancing journey.