Applications now open!

The search is now on for the best and brightest UK freelancers – as well as the people and businesses who do most to support the self-employed community.

That’s why we we’re running the IPSE Freelancer Awards 2021: to champion freelancers and recognise innovation and excellence in the self-employed community.

Back by popular demand are the Outstanding Freelancer Award, Young Freelancer Award for those under 30 years old, Freelancing Project Award and New Freelancer Award.

And this year IPSE wants to recognise individuals who have done something incredible to help others during the pandemic.

This will be celebrated in the new category of Covid-19 Success Story Award.

Plus, we’re introducing more new and exciting categories including:

The application process is straightforward and completely free: you just need to fill in the relevant application form based on the last two years of work.

You will be asked a few simple questions and for those that are shortlisted, you will be invited to pitch for an Award at a virtual judging day in September.

The deadline for
applications is
Friday 6 August.

Outstanding Freelancer Award

IPSE is searching for the most talented self-employed people in the UK to enter our IPSE Outstanding Freelancer Award. This award is designed to recognise and celebrate the innovation and excellence of freelancers in the UK.

Young Freelancer Award

IPSE is searching for the most talented self-employed people in the UK who are under 30 to enter our IPSE Young Freelancer Year Award. This award is about celebrating the achievements of people who have made the jump into freelancing at an early age and are already a success.

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We understand freelancers are one of the most important and hard-working groups in the economy.

We want to hear your freelancing stories from the last two years, and why you should be an IPSE Award Winner.

The Coronavirus pandemic has been extremely tough on the self-employed.

Freelancing Project Award

This award celebrates specific successful freelancer projects. Open to part-time freelancers too, the project can be part of a side-hustle business alongside full-time work or study – but it must be a project and not a person or business. Examples could include an event, a particularly successful client project, campaign, fundraiser or other piece of work.

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New Freelancer Award

IPSE is searching for the most talented self-employed people in the UK who launched their businesses in the last two years. This award is about celebrating the achievements of freelancers who have only recently taken the brave step of working for themselves.

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Collaboration Award

This Award is to celebrate a joint venture carried out between two or more freelancers who worked in partnership to deliver excellence and create something new or unique, such as a new product or service.

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Covid-19 Success Story Award

The Coronavirus pandemic has been extremely tough on the self-employed. IPSE want to find and celebrate individuals who have done something amazing to help others during the pandemic. Have you campaigned to raise awareness about – and relieve – the struggle of the self-employed during the pandemic? Have you shared your expertise by helping a local business or mentoring an individual? Have you pivoted your business to create something new that helped those in need and gave something back to your community?

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Wellbeing Award

IPSE is searching for those who have prioritised and raised awareness about mental health and wellbeing in the freelance community. Have you set up a new initiative that combats isolation or loneliness – or a new network for freelancers to improve their wellbeing? Nominations can be from freelancers or businesses.

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Best Self-Employed Supplier Award

This Award celebrates the supplier who has done most to serve the self-employed community. We are looking to hear from businesses that offer exceptional services dedicated to the self-employed – including those in accounting, banking, mortgages, loans, insurance and pensions.

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This year's awards

Outstanding Freelancer Award

Young Freelancer Award

Freelancing Project Award

New Freelancer Award

Best Self-Employed Supplier Award

Wellbeing Award

Collaboration Award

Covid-19 Success Story Award

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The Collaboration Award, Wellbeing Award – open to freelancers and businesses – and the Best Self-Employed Supplier Award.

Awards Ceremony

The winners will be announced at the IPSE Awards Ceremony on Thursday 14 October at the Kings Place in the heart of London.

Further details will be announced shortly. The Awards will be planned to ensure full compliance with industry good practice and relevant government guidance regarding Covid-19.

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Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Be part of the IPSE Freelancer Awards 2021 and align your brand with innovation and excellence in the self-employed community. Contact to hear about the sponsorship opportunities.

  • Interview showcased on the IPSE Awards website, IPSE and Freelancer Corner websites, and social media

  • Profiled as an IPSE Freelancer Award winner in the IPSE and Freelance Corner newsletters with a 34k reach

  • Dedicated features across all social media channels

  • Featured in an IPSE press release announcing all the results

  • Opportunity to write a blog to feature on the IPSE Awards website, social media and in IPSE and Freelance Corner newsletters

  • Winners trophy and certificate

All award winners will win one-year IPSE Plus membership, recognition at a national level and a range of high-profile exposure including:

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