Hooray! As you have hopefully realised by now, today (November 23rd) is National Freelancers Day! The event, dreamt up and orchestrated by the Professional Contractors Group, is now in its third year. In 2009 the focus was “the future of work”, and in 2010 “freeing up potential” was the theme. This year the main event, The Freelance Lecture, being held at St. Lukes on Old Street in London on the topic ”Flexibility, capability, agility, compatibility”.
Once again the lecture is being chaired by veteran broadcaster and long-time freelancer Sue Lawley, supported by the Telegraph Media Group, and will feature the PCG’s John Brazier, Professor Andrew Burke of Cranfield School of Management, Kamal Ahmed, Business Editor of the Sunday Telegraph and Dr.Karen Stephenson, one of America’s leading management gurus.
Last year’s event was a massive success, and we hope as many freelancers and contractors as possible are able to make it up to St. Lukes to take part.
Down here in sunny Brighton we’re holding our own National Freelancers Day party, in association with the PCG and Wired Sussex. Take place at The Terraces from 7pm, the drinks are free and the banter is jovial. You’d be a fool not to come!
Last year the UK’s freelance workforce was recognised in a letter from Prime Minister David Cameron, and the Sunday Times carried an entire supplement espousing the freelance way of working. The PCG estimates that their efforts in 2010 reached a full one million people through print and online advertising, social media and events – and we’re hoping we can help make National Freelancers Day 2011 even bigger!