Cameron sends ‘best wishes’ to freelancers

The UK’s 24-hour celebration of freelancing has won its highest profile endorsement yet ahead of its launch and London finale later today, Thursday 21st November.

David Cameron, prime minister, said freelancers across the UK were “the engine of our economy” and that they deserve his “very best wishes on National Freelancers Day.”

The PM’s endorsement caps a month of strong support for NFD, which has won the backing of celebrities, business leaders and MPs, such as Chuka Umunna, shadow business secretary.

“Our country owes a huge debt of gratitude to the thousands of men and women who have decided to make their living as freelancers”, Mr Cameron said.

“You have not only taken your own future into your own hands, but you are the engine of our economy and economic revival. Indeed, SMEs are the very lifeblood of our country”.

Boris Johnson, mayor of London, has also praised the freelance workforce in recognition of NFD, describing its members as “brave and ambitious”, who provide “vital talent” to the UK.

And Karren Brady, of the BBC series The Apprentice, who will keynote NFD’s London event, believes it is right that the nation’s 1.72m freelancers get their own celebration.

She said:“As a businesswoman, I have first-hand experience of working with freelancers and know that they provide an invaluable flexible resource to clients, helping them grow.”

Reflecting on the support shown for their event, Julie Stewart, chair of PCG, said:“We are honoured that David Cameron has shown his support for freelancers. Backing from the prime minister shows that our unique way of working is being recognised at the highest level.”

She added:“National Freelancers Day is about promoting and celebrating the positive impact freelancing has on the UK, both in terms of the economy and our work-life balance. It is brilliant that such high-profile individuals are now choosing to celebrate with us.”

Editorial image courtesy of The Prime Minster's Office

 

20th November 2013

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