With the IPSE-hosted annual National Freelancers Day set to take place tomorrow, the event is already drawing accolades from prominent politicians.

Earlier this month the government’s ambassador for women and enterprise, Lorely Burt, signalled her strong support for the event, noting that record numbers of people in the UK were now choosing freelancing. She added: “The decision to go it alone and start a micro-business is an incredibly brave one and I’m delighted that National Freelancers Day gives them the recognition they deserve.”

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has also expressed his enthusiasm for the day, stating:

“I am a big supporter of National Freelancers Day, which shines a spotlight on Britain’s independent professionals and the huge contribution they make to UK PLC, and I hope 19th November this year continues to raise the profile of freelancers in Britain.”

The event will begin with a headline evening presentation and discussion in the centre of London’s Tech City. A panel of politicians, freelancers from a wide range of sectors and business experts will debate the rise of freelancing and contracting and the implications for policy makers in the next government.

Simon McVicker, IPSE’s director of policy and external affairs, said:

“As more and more people opt for the flexibility of working independently, this year’s National Freelancers Day will be bigger than ever. It’s fantastic that the shadow business secretary is backing the day and it’s greatly encouraging that he understands the huge contribution freelancers make to the economy year on year.”

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