Join us for the 9th annual National Freelancers Day (NFD) on Thursday 8 June 2017, at King’s Place, central London (conveniently located right next to King’s Cross station). We’ll be celebrating the most enterprising types of business: the UK’s 2 million independent professionals. There’s something for you whatever your industry – whether you’re a student designer with two weeks’ experience or a veteran engineer with twenty years. 

The day includes masterclasses, seminars and workshops on how to win work, setting and maximising your rates, working globally in a post-Brexit world – and much more besides. There’ll be a panel session too, with previous IPSE Awards winners and freelancing champions sharing some key insights.
Full programme and timings. 

Supporting you at every step

IPSE is on hand to make your professional life easier. NFD is all about giving you the knowledge and the tools you need to set up in business, keep your books in order and quickly find new contracts. We’ll help you navigate a complex tax landscape and answer your legal questions.

How it works

We’ll be joined by a stellar panel of freelancing experts from globally recognised brands, who’ll be sharing top tips and advice in a series of sessions throughout the day. You can pick and choose the ones that suit you, and in between there’s time for drinks and networking. 

IPSE - The membership body for you

We're the voice of independent professionals in the UK. All 2 million of you. We make sure freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors are represented to Government. By producing insightful, hard-hitting research and effective policy campaigns, we fight for better legislation to help the self-employed run their businesses and ultimately, ensure our economy remains one of the most flexible in the world.

Our recent policy work has been some of the most significant in IPSE's history, with repeat visits to Downing Street and our flagship Policy Conference attracting key decision-makers from Westminster and beyond.

We're also here to give our members the help they need to run their businesses with peace of mind. IPSE members have access to legal advice, cover for sickness and many of the benefits employees receive. We work with partner organisations to offer our members best in class services so they can spend more time running their business. Click here to find out more about the benefits you'll receive as an IPSE member. 






Supporting you at every step

Have you been a freelancer for 5 or more years? Or are you just starting out? We have a session for you from how to increase your day rate to setting up your website and LinkedIn profile.

Download the full programme here.



Griselda Togobo, Owner and Managing Director, Forward Ladies

Griselda Togobo is an entrepreneur, engineer and chartered accountant. She is also the owner and managing director of Forward Ladies, a professional networking community whose mission is to advance women in business, to tackle female under-representation in business leadership. She was recently named as one of the Top 100 ‘Yorkshire's Leading Women’

Luke Somerset, Business Development Director at Contractor Mortgages Made Easy
Luke Somerset, Business Development Director at Contractor Mortgages Made Easy, has shaped mortgage lending policy for independent professionals. He is largely responsible for improving the availability and choice of mortgage products to the contractor community, putting flexible workers on a level pegging with their permanent counterparts when it comes to securing a mortgage.
Rianda Markram, Head of content and training, LHS Solicitors’ LLP

Rianda Markram is LHS Solicitors’ Head of content and training. Rianda originally qualified as an attorney in South Africa in 2001 and specialised in civil litigation. She emigrated to the UK in 2005 and also qualified as a solicitor in England. Rianda joined the predecessor to LHS as a commercial solicitor in 2006. Rianda has been advising businesses on all commercial aspects of running a business for more than 10 years. 

Edward Pearce, Manager of the employment consultancy team, LHS Solicitors’ LLP

Edward Pearce is manager of the employment consultancy team at LHS. He qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and joined the business in 1999. Since then he has continued to specialise in employment law.

Before joining the team, he worked as a solicitor in private practice. His particular area of expertise is in non-contentious employment matters, including: drafting contracts of employment; negotiating settlement agreements; assisting with the implementation of disciplinary exercises and redundancy programmes; and delivering training and seminars on employment law to managers and HR professionals.

Elsa Caleb, Manager, Start-up team, LHS Solicitors’ LLP

Elsa Caleb is the manager of the Start-up team at LHS. She specialises in starting and developing businesses. Works extensively with small businesses in a wide range of industries to improve effectiveness, productivity, results and ‘the bottom-line’. Elsa has over 20 years’ experience of advising and developing small businesses.

Frank Meadon, Worksite Presenter, Aegon Insurance
Frank Meaden, workplace presenter from Aegon, has more than a decade of experience talking to workforces about their individual journey to retirement. He has considerable experience speaking to people from every corner and from every industry in the UK.
Frank’s passion is enabling individuals to recognise the importance of preparing for retirement with the ultimate goal of getting the UK ready for retirement – and that includes the self-employed community.”
Nikesh Desai, Financial Planner, Close Brothers Asset Management

Nikesh has over 10 years’ experience providing comprehensive financial planning advice. HIs clients range from young professionals to high net-worth individuals and business owners helping them to reach their financial planning objectives.

Adam Byrnes, Senior International Director, Freelancer

Adam is the Senior International Director at Freelancer, and is responsible for expanding the business around the world. His key responsibilities include global strategy, international marketing, public relations, content and translation and localisation. Adam manages a diverse and distributed team of experts around the globe, as they promote Freelancer within key markets worldwide. He has also been responsible for launching Freelancers websites internationally, including 40 dedicated regional sites, 32 languages, and 20 currencies.

Jacqui Whyatt, CoE Global Practice Consultant – IC (Independent Contractors), Kelly OCG
Jacqui has more than 20 years’ experience in the staffing services industry across APAC & EMEA. Her expertise focuses on Contingent Workforce Management & Strategic Workforce Planning, advising organizations on innovative workforce solutions that will help them deliver value and achieve their strategic goals. 
As Global Practice Consultant within the Global Centre of Excellence at KellyOCG, she is responsible for providing subject matter expertise around the process of engaging Independent Contract labor for organizations across the EMEA region. 
Paul Mason. National Account Manager, Contractor Division at Abbey Tax Protection

Paul Mason worked in general practice before moving into the insurance and consultancy arena. He has worked with accountancy practices since 1991, and has had particular involvement with the contractor market since 2001.

Paul heads up Abbey Tax’s Contractor Unit, which provides contract reviews and tax losses insurance for contractors/freelancers nationwide. Paul regularly speaks on IR35 and related topics and works closely with Abbey Tax’s investigations specialists in a team whose role is to ensure freelancers get the best defence in an IR35 enquiry.

Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, Managing Director of Making You Content Ltd, Winner of Aspire Freelancer of the Year 2015

Kelly Gilmour-Grassam began as a freelance copywriter at university, balancing the work alongside her studies and two waitressing jobs. On graduation, she continued freelancing to fund her way around South America, before going full time on her return.

Today, she runs an award-winning copywriting agency Making you content in Manchester, having grown her client base to pave a future as a self-employed professional.

Matt Dowling, Director, Freelancer Club

Matt Dowling has been featured on radio, print and online publications discussing a range of freelance topics, fighting for freelancer’s rights and debating social campaigns surrounding the self employed. 

Matt is Managing Director of The Freelancer Club, a member’s club for creative talent. The Club provide support, paid job opportunities, mentors, events, masterclasses, legal docs and more for aspiring and established freelancers. 

Matt also lectures on Entrepreneurialism at the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins. In addition, he delivers lectures at universities, industry conferences, private schools, corporate events and courses around the world 

Ben Matthews, Director at Montfort, Runner Up of Inspire Freelancer of the Year 2015

Ben Matthews is director at Montfort, a digital marketing agency for people who change the world for good. He also blogs about freelancing and freelance life at benrmatthews.com

Emmeline Pidgen, Freelance illustrator, Winner of Inspire Freelancer of the Year 2016

Emmeline Pidgen is a freelance illustrator, creating books, graphic narrative, branding and advertising illustration from a studio in the North West of England.

Emmeline was named IPSE's Freelancer of the Year in 2016; has worked with companies like Tesco, Egmont Publishing and Fat Face; runs an award-winning creative industries blog; and you can find her work featured in The Guardian, Creative Review and The Telegraph.


Judith Dugdale, Corporate Services Director, Moore and Smalley

Judith joined Moore and Smalley in 2000 after completing an Accounting degree at Hull University. Judith embarked on the Moore and Smalley Graduate Trainee programme and qualified in 2003. Judith was recognised for her efforts by being voted ‘young trainee accountant of the year’ in 2006 by the North West Society of Chartered Accountants and was awarded the ‘Rising Start’ Award in 2012.

She now specialises in looking after Leisure and Tourism clients as well as small and medium businesses from the Preston office. She is head of the SE+ team which is a modern accountancy service aimed at small businesses and the self employed, all based around cloud software.

Craig McDougall, Creative Director and Video Producer, Broken Physics Productions, Finalist of Aspire Freelancer of the Year 2015

Craig McDougall co-founded video production company Broken Physics Productions back in 2013. He works nationally creating promotional and corporate video content for businesses. Some of his clients include TaylorMade Adidas-Golf, IBM and Lenovo.

Mark Haines, Regional Director for London, HSBC

Mark is London Region Director of Small Businesses.  After a successful career within Retail Banking and Wealth Management including roles leading both our Premier and Branch retail teams, Mark moved into role to head up the London Business team earlier this year.  His responsibilities include leading a team of 90 customer facing staff across our London Branch network, discuss policy and strategy as part of the national business banking leadership team and forge close links locally within the societies and communities his team operator.

Ashley Driver, UK Co–Head of Business Telephone Banking, HSBC

Ashley joined HSBC in 2005 as a modern apprentice in the Leicester Commercial Contact Centre.
He later secured a position of Service and Sales Manager in a market town branch, where he remained in retail banking for three years taking on the role of Retail Branch Manager.

Ashley then returned to the contact centre to lead the Commercial Direct department with over 80 colleagues, since this point he has continued to take on various scale leadership challenges over the last six years in the contact centre and middle office environment which has led him to his current role as UK Co–Head of Business Telephone Banking.

Ellie Taylor, Comedian - Evening Awards Host

Ellie Taylor hosts the IPSE awards ceremony 2017 where we award our Freelancers of the Year, Co-working space of the Year, Ambassador of the year and University Partner of the Year.
(please note this evening event is invite only)

Ellie is an English Comedian, most recently you may have seen Ellie on Live at the Apollo or  Mock the Week (twice), or starring in the Disney Channel’s worldwide hit series ‘The Lodge’.

Previously, Ellie has got her hands dirty trying to rid the UK of fake tan for BBC3’s make-under show ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid?’. She’s also acted as team captain on ITV2’s panel show ‘Fake Reaction’, been ‘Poppy’ in Comedy Central’s ‘Brotherhood’ and occasionally popped up on Channel 4′s ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’.

She is a confident and utterly hilarious performer; a breath of fresh air on the comedy circuit.



Kings Place

90 York Way
Kings Cross
N1 9AG

Eventbrite - National Freelancers Day
Directions to the venue:

Tube: The nearest tube station is King’s Cross St. Pancras, on the Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Piccadilly, Northern and Victoria lines. The station has step-free access from the platform to the street level. From the tube station the quickest way to Kings Place is via King’s Boulevard. You may also walk up York Way.

Train: King’s Cross St. Pancras and Euston are the nearest mainline railway stations. Eurostar travellers arrive at St Pancras International.

Bus: The nearest bus route to York Way/Kings Place is the 390. Click here for the 390 route information. Other services running to nearby King’s Cross St. Pancras are bus routes 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259 and 476.

Fringe Events

This year we are expanding National Freelancers Day regionally and will be hosting a fringe event in Bristol and Manchester. Highlights from the London event will be live streamed throughout the day and you will have a chance to interact, ask questions and join in the celebration.

The sessions will end with a networking reception with drinks and canapés and a look at the awards ceremony live. 

Please note these regional events are free of charge, to secure your place visit the relevant eventbrite links below. 

Bristol Event
1 Temple Way,

Eventbrite - National Freelancers Day - Bristol Fringe Event

Manchester Event
Ziferblat Media City, 
23 Edge St, 
M4 1HW


Eventbrite - National Freelancers Day - Manchester Fringe Event