Finalists announced for IPSE-QA Freelancer Awards 2016

This year IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed welcomes QA as headline partner of its annual Freelancer Awards which recognise the UK’s best independent professionals.

QA has been at the forefront of business skills and technical training for over 30 years. They offer over 1,500 course titles, delivered by world-class subject experts, covering a wide range of subject areas; from project management to technical IT.

The Awards are in their third year and recognise excellence in freelancing. IPSE and QA have shortlisted fifteen finalists who were selected on the strength of their portfolio and their passion and commitment to freelancing.

Chris Bryce, IPSE CEO, commented:Congratulations to all fifteen finalists of this year's Awards. Freelancers are the driving force behind the UK’s flexible economy and the IPSE-QA Awards show the best our sector has to offer. It’s important to recognise the people who choose to be their own boss and celebrate their successes.

The Awards finalists are divided into two categories. Ten finalists were selected for the Inspire Award, which recognises excellence shown by established freelancers aged 24 and above. This is judged on the basis of the quality of their work, the range and profile of their clients, their online presence, and the overall success of their business. Freelancers from a whole host of sectors applied and judges will be looking for a passion for freelancing and a good understanding of running a business.

Five finalists were selected for the Aspire award, recognising freelancing stars of the future. Applications for this category were open to independent professionals aged 23 and under, and included university students, full-time freelancers and those balancing employment with their own business.

Stuart Martin, Director at QA, commented:We are delighted to be the new headline partner of the Awards this year. They represent a fantastic incentive to encourage and praise inspiring freelancers in the UK. We very much look forward to the Awards ceremony in June to crown the winners, and following the event, providing them with additional support to develop their skills even further, to help them to stay at the top of their game.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in London on the evening of 9 June. The Inspire prize is £5,000 for the winner’s business. The two runners-up in this category will receive £2,500 each. The winner of the Aspire award will receive £3,000. The two winners will also receive a significant training package from QA to help them develop skills to support them within their career, worth up to £5,000 (RRP) each.

The 2016 finalists are:

Inspire Award (for freelancers aged 24 and over)

Katy Carlisle, The Wheel Exists
Richard Jeffs, FreelanceDiary
Emmeline Pidgen, Emmeline Pidgen Illustration
Mercy Obi, First Plus Consulting Ltd
Steve Folland, Steve Folland Creative Video & Audio
Katy Ratican, Ambition is Good
Fraser Lawson, Freelance Drilling Engineer
Lowri Roberts, Trosi Tanat Translation
Gary Howard, Complete Forensics
Karen Kay, Pink Ink Ltd & Shoot the Messenger

Aspire Award (for freelancers aged 23 and under)

Ben Franks, Ben Franks Wine
Lauren Razavi, Freelance Journalist and Content Strategist
Alice Selwood, Alice Selwood Textile Design
Gareth Fient, Shoot N’ Snip
Zoe East, Opal


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