IPSE announce Freelancer of the Year Award winners

IT professional Paul Allington and copywriter Kelly Gilmour-Grassam were last night (Thursday 12 November) crowned the UK’s Freelancers of the Year by self-employment body IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.

Paul, from Saffron Walden, who runs software development company ‘The Code Guy’, took home the Inspire award, for established freelancers while Kelly, from Manchester, who runs copywriting agency ‘Making You Content’, was the winner of the Aspire award, for those aged 23 and under.

The IPSE Awards recognise excellence in freelancing, and applicants were judged on the strength of their portfolio and their passion and commitment to freelancing.

Chris Bryce, IPSE CEO, commented: “This year we saw a huge number of incredibly impressive freelancers who represent the strength and diversity of the UK’s flexible labour market. Choosing a winner wasn’t easy.

“We were particularly impressed with the tenacity and business acumen Paul and Kelly showed. Huge congratulations to Paul and Kelly. They are worthy winners who embody everything we want to recognise with these awards.”

On becoming IPSE’s Inspire Freelancer of the Year, Paul said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic to win the Freelancer of the Year Award. Self-employment has been part of my life for many years, so it’s amazing to get recognition on a national level. I hope this will encourage anyone who’s considering taking up freelancing to do exactly that.”

Paul is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer and runs ‘The Code Guy’ from his home in Saffron Walden, producing cutting edge software and rapid prototyping for new ideas while working with a broad range of high profile clients.

On winning IPSE’s Aspire award, Kelly said: “This is fantastic! It’s a huge honour and a privilege to receive recognition by the freelance industry for the work I do. These awards support and encourage freelancers to grow and move forwards, so I feel very proud to have won.”

Kelly established her company while still at university, and travelled the world using her work to fund her as she went. She now has a wealth of clients ranging from small start-ups to global conglomerates, and has taken eight other freelancers under her wing.

Freelancers from a whole host of sectors and backgrounds applied, and the winners were announced at a glittering awards dinner on National Freelancers Day in central London.


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