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National Freelancers Day 2009

National Freelancers Day LogoAre you a freelancer or thinking about going freelance in your chosen profession? Are you a small business wondering if outsourcing to freelancers is a solution to the economic hard times we find ourselves in? If so, you may be interested to know that November 23, 2009 is National Freelancers Day (NFD). The aim of the day is to to gain wider recognition for the contribution that freelancers and contractors make to the UK economy.

A range of networking events is being held around the UK on November 23 to mark National Freelancers Day. These events are being run by PCG (Professional Contractors Group, as well as other organisations such as Cranleys, Jump PR, and Skillfair.

The Day has been launched as part of PCG’s tenth anniversary celebrations and they are encouraging freelancers and potential freelancers to attend. Registration at the National Freelancers Day website is required if you are interested in participating in a local event.

A special webcast is also being launched on November 23, and once you have registered you can watch the whole programme on November 23 from 09:00 onwards.

The webcast, titled ‘The future of work: role of the freelancer’, looks at:

‘…the socio-economic impact of freelancing, the growing significance of the enterprise network and collaborative working and how the role of the freelance consultant/contractor is becoming more important, significantly what different sectors of the freelancer community need from government, end-clients, agencies and suppliers in order to thrive.’

Speakers include: Dr James Bellini,  respected futurologist, TV broadcaster, and author with a strong focus on social, economic, and technological trends and Director of Content for Talentfoundation.com; Michael van Swaaij, global technology leader, Chairman of Skype, and investor in Crunch.co.uk; and Jon Andrews, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and co-author of the report ‘Managing Tomorrows People’, which examines how business will be redefined by global forces.

Please visit the National Freelancers Day website for further information and the list of local events.