By Daniel Hunter

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has sent a message saluting freelancers across the UK, saying their “contribution to the lifeblood of our economy is immense”.

His comments come as he shows his support for National Freelancers Day, the annual celebration of freelancers, contractors and entrepreneurs in the UK.

In his message, Boris Johnson acknowledged that choosing to go freelance can appear daunting but said it is “a choice that’s brave, and ambitious, fulfilling and rewarding”.

National Freelancers Day on 21st November will see Karren Brady joined by a high-profile panel of experts for a ‘Question Time’ style debate at LSO St Luke’s in Central London. On the panel alongside Karren Brady is Isabel Oakeshott, Political Editor of the Sunday Times, LBC’s Nick Ferrari and BBC Business expert Liz Barclay along with John Glen MP. Freelancer and broadcaster, Sue Lawley, will chair the debate.

Following recent research showing freelancing is the fastest growing sector of the European labour market, some topics for discussion will be the impact of freelancing on the economy, as well as how decision-makers should respond to the freelancing and acknowledge this when formulating policy.

Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, said:

“Boris Johnson’s message to the 1.7 million independent professionals in the UK for National Freelancers Day is incredibly uplifting and represents a clear understanding of what freelancing is all about.

“He recognises the crucial, flexible expertise of freelancers and how much they contribute to the UK economy. It’s refreshing that he also understands that the choice to go it alone can be a daunting one, recognising the personal risk that freelancers face. We salute him!”

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