Nominations are now closed
Applicants will be judged on a range of criteria including the strength of their portfolio, their passion and commitment to freelancing, business acumen and creativity and the distinctiveness of their offering.
Judging and prizes
There will be prize money up for grabs for the winners of the individual awards. All finalists will win one-year IPSE membership.
If you are shortlisted for an individual award, you will also need to attend the Judging Day on Thursday 7 May in London.
The winners will be announced at our Award ceremony on Thursday 4 June at the Barbican Centre, London. Join us at a world-leading arts and learning centre in the heart of London. A famous champion of enterprise and innovation across the arts, what better place to celebrate the best of the UK's striving, dynamic freelance community.
Network high up under the glass roof of the Barbican's prestigious Conservatory. Celebrate a menagerie of extraordinary freelance talent, surrounded by a collection of over 2000 rare and no-less astonishing plants and trees.
Register to attend
Bringing the best and brightest of the freelance community together in one of London's most exciting venues, it promises to be a night to remember. The night will also celebrate IPSE's 21st birthday, along with comedy, networking and drinks.
IPSE members can attend at a discounted rate of £49 (inc Vat) and non-members at £79 (inc Vat). IPSE members please contact the events team to get your discount code! You can reach us at [email protected] or 020 8897 9970.
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Freelancer of the Year
£5000 cash prize for the winner, £2000 for the runner-up.
IPSE is searching for the most talented self-employed people in the UK that are 26 or over to enter our IPSE Freelancer of the Year Award. This award is designed to recognise and celebrate the innovation and excellence of freelancers in the UK.
Freelancing Project of the Year
£1500 cash prize for the winner.
This awards celebrates specific successful freelancer projects rather than the business as a whole. You do not have to be freelancing full time, it can be part of a side hustle business alongside full-time work or studying – but it must be a project and not a person. Examples could include an event, a particularly successful client project, campaign, fundraiser or other piece of work.
New to Freelancing
£3000 cash prize for the winner.
IPSE is searching for the most talented self-employed people in the UK that have, in under two years, launched their own successful business. This award is about celebrating the achievements of freelancers who have only recently taken the brave step of working for themselves.
Young Freelancer of the Year
£3000 cash prize for the winner.
IPSE is searching for the most talented self-employed people in the UK that are 25 or under to enter our IPSE Freelancer of the Year Award. This award is about celebrating the achievements of people who made the jump into freelancing at an early age and are already making a success of it.
Ambassador of the Year
The IPSE Ambassador of the Year Award demonstrates the ambassador’s dedication to supporting freelancing and the self-employed. The award is based on the ambassador’s development of events and activities to support the self-employed and their contribution to the wider community of self-employed professionals.
Co-Working Space of the Year
Please note if you co-working space is shortlisted, then a member of our team will be in touch to arrange a site visit for judging.