Issue 49

A word from the Editor 

The run up to the 2015 general election is well under way.

We now sit just a few weeks away from the UK's most critical political period for the past five years, yet none of us can be entirely sure which party - or should I say, parties - might form a government come 8th May.

So tighten your seatbelts, clue yourself up and prepare for a period of political slanging matches, personality and popularity contents, media frenzy and downright scandal, because this general election in particular looks set to be a belter.

And for the 4.5million or so people working for themselves in the UK, this election promises to be an important one. Heads removed resolutely from the sand, the party leaders now realise how important these young and experienced men and women are to economic prosperity and long-term growth.

Inside this issue - which, dare I say it, is probably the most prestigious IPSE Magazine yet - we gave each political leader the opportunity to present themselves to you as the best party for the self-employed.

I'm sure you'll find what they had to say just as interesting as I did.

Enjoy the magazine.

Benedict Smith


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A word from the Editor 

The run up to the 2015 general election is well under way.

A Word From The Editor 
Firstly I'd like to congratulate you all for making it through January, which I always find to be a long, arduous slog.

In this National Freelancers Day special of IPSE Magazine, we reveal the winner of Fifteen for 2015.

Welcome to the new-look, IPSE Magazine. Our new name means we can reach out to new groups of self-employed people who share our issues, challenges, strengths and passions.

In Issue 45 of Freelancing Matters we ask whether knowledge-based sectors are overtaking Britain's traditional industries, with Britain's booming technology industry and declining manufacturing ind

As Scotland's day of destiny draws nearer, leading political journalist Hamish MacDonell gives insight into the mood in camp in Issue 44 - our packed out Scottis

In Issue 43, our European special, we take look at how the voting will play out in May’s Euro elections.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson is interviewed by Jim Cassidy, who discusses the importance of freelancers and small businesses to the UK economy.

Firstly, a warm welcome to the 41st edition of Freelancing Matters and a Happy National Freelancers Day for the 21st November!

First things first, welcome to your new look FM. I hope you like what we’ve done with the place.