By Daniel Hunter

Government Ambassador for Women and Enterprise Lorely Burt has today (Thursday) given her backing to National Freelancers Day, the UK’s biggest celebration of self-employed professionals.

National Freelancers Day on 19 November will celebrate the record number of people choosing to go it alone, which stands at 4.58 million according to the latest ONS figures.

Lorely Burt said:

“Record numbers of people across the UK are choosing self-employment so it’s hugely important that we celebrate these enterprising individuals. The decision to go it alone and start a microbusiness is an incredibly brave one and I’m delighted that National Freelancers Day gives them the recognition they deserve.”

Organised by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, National Freelancers Day will see celebrations of freelancers, contractors and independent professionals across the country, with a headline evening event in the heart of London’s Tech City.

Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs at IPSE, said:

“The number of people choosing to become their own boss is rising by the minute and it’s more important than ever before to recognise and embrace the millions of self-employed people who are driving the economy forward.
“To have the support of the Enterprise Ambassador is fantastic and shows that decision makers are sitting up and listening to independent professionals. Ahead of next year’s General Election, politicians from all parties have a real opportunity to give the self-employed the support they need to flourish, and UK plc will reap the rewards in return.”

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