IPSE Ambassadors

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.

 

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 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.

 

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

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.

 

VIP VA

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.

 

Freelancers in Architecture

Getting work for a newbie to freelancing in the construction industry is difficult. This website is a meeting place for freelancers in architecture and construction to showcase their skills to potential clients and agencies.

We are open to registration from all freelancers involved in the construction industry. So, whether you’re a decorator, quantity surveyor, engineer, bricklayer, joiner/carpenter, architect, plumber or other construction related freelancer, this is the place for you.

 

Forces Enterprise Network

The Forces Enterprise Network Business Community was set up by a team of current military spouses, successfully running our own businesses through postings, deployments, and family service life. 

The aim is to create a family of business owners living the military life and build this community so that you can grow your idea into that business you’ve always dreamed, no matter where you are posted.

As long as you’re living the service life they'd love you to join and build this great community with a mission to inspire and empower businesses in the Armed Forces Community and benefit from a group of likeminded, resourceful and resilient business owners.

 

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.

 

 

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

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


FRIENDLY
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.


COWORKING
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.

 

 

The Guild of Health Industry Consultants

The Guild of Health Industry Consultants is a membership association established to support small consultancy businesses and interim managers operating in the field of healthcare.

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.

 

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. 

Genderbuzz

Genderbuzz is the No.1 Listings Directory for female-led businesses and the place to search for products and services and push for gender parity. By listing on Genderbuzz.com you are joining a community of Feminist Businesswomen who are radically changing the business landscape for GOOD. Genderbuzz Women believe in the positive impact of gender equality and of female leadership in the business world.

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.