In 2016 The IPSE Awards Team received a huge number of fantastic, inspiring applications proving the value and diversity of freelancers across the UK. 

Ten applications were selected for the Inspire Award, which recognises excellence displayed by established freelancers 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.

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

The 15 finalists presented to a panel of judges on 10 May 2016. Judges looked for a passion for freelancing and a solid understanding of running a business. The winners of the Inspire and Aspire category were announced at National Freelancer’s Day on 9 June 2016.

The 2016 IPSE Freelancer Awards finalists aged over 23

The 2016 IPSE Freelancer Awards finalists aged 23 and under