Deadline extended for £5,000 Freelancer of the Year Award

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The deadline for the 2018 Freelancer of the Year Awards has been extended from Friday 30 March to Friday 6 April. The awards, organised by IPSE, give freelancers across the UK the chance to win recognition and prizes of up to £5,000. And it’s not just freelancers themselves: there are also awards to celebrate the many individuals and organisations supporting the freelance sector.

This year’s awards are:

Freelancer of the Year - £5,000

Freelancer of the Year Runner Up - £2,500

Young Freelancer of the Year - £3,000

Co-working Space of the Year

Ambassador of the Year

University Partner of the Year

As well as all the existing categories, there is also a new award for 2018: The New to Freelancing Award, with a prize of £3,000 for the best independent professional who has only begun their business in the last two years.

Freelancer of the Year winners also win a range of invaluable support tools and discounts from IPSE partners to help them build up their businesses.

The next stage will be a judging day in central London in May, followed by the announcement and presentation of the awards on National Freelancers Day, 28 June, at King’s Place, London.

The deadline for applications is now midnight, Friday 6 April.

Chris Bryce, IPSE CEO, commented:
“We’ve had a great response so far, exceeding previous years, so, in order to accommodate even more entrants who were running up against time, we’ve decided to extend the deadline. In previous years, our winners have gone on to do great things both with their prizemoney and the brilliant array of business support tools provided by our partners. So, whatever your background – from copywriting to sports coaching – I’d encourage you to get involved. Don’t miss out on the chance to win great prizes and get yourself – and your business – the recognition and profile you deserve.”

Luke Nicholson, Freelancer of the Year 2017, commented: “Winning the Freelancer of the Year Award was an incredible honour and really fast-tracked my career to a point where I’m now gaining significantly more recognition and achieving much greater successes. It was one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever done in my professional career so, for anyone out there considering entering, I can’t recommend it enough. Any aspirations you have, awards like this make possible.”


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