The vital role freelancers make to the UK economy

Posted on: November 30th, 2011

Last week it was National Freelancers Day in the UK. I went along to a lecture organised by the PCG, who represent the voice of freelancing here, entitled ‘Let’s Talk Freelancing’.

One of the speakers was Professor Andrew Burke from Cranfield School of Management who is currently researching into the key contribution freelancers make to British business innovation and how this contribution affects the UK’s attractiveness as a base for this kind of activity.

The Sunday Telegraph reported his talk last weekend and here is a summary of that article.

Professor Burke argued that, with governments and consumers both cutting their spending in the developed world, the need for companies to invest and generate growth will only increase.

“All hope is being placed on an entrepreneurial Britain gaining new international market share through innovation,” he said. “So, if Britain is to succeed, it needs a sufficient supply of innovative businesses.”

National Freelancers’ Day on November 23

Posted on: November 16th, 2010

It’s National Freelancers’ Day on November 23 in the UK – a day to celebrate the value of freelancers, contractors, interims and consultants to the UK economy.

Organised by PCG, the voice of freelancing, it’s a day for those of us in the freelance community to reflect on the contribution we make to the UK economy. Here are some of the events taking place to mark the day:

PCG Freelance Lecture

Taking place at London’s Stationers’ Hall, the inaugural Freelance Lecture will be delivered by Dr James Bellini, leading futurologist, broadcaster and, of course, freelancer. Broadcaster, Sue Lawley, will host the lecture. ‘Freeing up Potential’ will be the theme for the lecture and the emphasis will be: