IPSE Freelancer Awards 2023

IPSE was delighted to hold the IPSE Freelancer Awards 2023 on Thursday 6 July where we revealed 12 worthy winners at an evening celebration at London’s spectacular Landing 42. Winners are listed below and some photos from the event will be available shortly.

About the awards

We understand freelancers and the self-employed are one of the most important and hard-working groups in the economy. That’s why we run the IPSE Freelancer Awards each year to champion freelancers and recognise innovation and excellence in the self-employed community.

This year’s evening awards ceremony took place on Thursday 6 July at the spectacular Landing Forty Two – the UK’s highest dedicated events space situated on the 42nd floor of ‘The Cheesegrater’, central London.

This year’s winners

Marverine Cole

Marverine Cole
​​Lifetime Achievement Award​​

Jem Collins​
Outstanding Freelancer Award

Kim Huggins

Kim Huggins
​IPSE Member of the Year Award​​

Andrew Marlow

Andrew Marlow​
Sustainability Award​

Ettie Bailey-King

Ettie Bailey-King
​Equality and Diversity Award

Steve Folland

Steve Folland
​Community Champion Award

Clare Andrews

Clare Andrews
New to Self-Employment Award

Sarah Ruddock

Sarah Ruddock
Freelancer Project Award

Alex Outhwaite

Alex Outhwaite
Social Influencer Award

Sioned Young

Sioned Young​
Young Freelancer Award​

Emma-Jane Lovell
​Wellbeing Award​

Integro Accounting

Accounting Ltd
Self-Employed Supplier Award​

This year’s awards

Outstanding Freelancer Award

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

This year’s finalists

  • Sofia Barton
  • Serena Coady
  • Jem Collins
  • Julia Cross
  • Adam Faulkner
  • Sian Meades-Williams
  • Charlotte Radcliffe

Young Freelancer Award

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

This year’s finalists

  • Jessica Ashby
  • Ria Kalsi
  • Kayleigh Underhill
  • Orin Willis
  • Sioned Young

Freelancer 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 joint venture carried out between two or more freelancers.

This year’s finalists

  • Dave Bentley and Liv Leversedge
  • Sophie Greenwood
  • Mary O’Toole
  • Sarah Ruddock
  • Amy Stevens
  • Sioned Young

New to Self-Employment Award

IPSE is searching for the most talented self-employed people in the UK who launched their businesses in the last 24 months. This award is about celebrating the achievements of freelancers who have only recently taken the brave step of working for themselves. There is no age limit for entrants.

This year’s finalists

  • Clare Andrews
  • Becky Benfield-Humberstone
  • Marian Felix
  • Chloé Gronow
  • David Yeoman

Wellbeing Award

We’re looking 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? Entries can be from freelancer individuals or businesses.

This year’s finalists

  • Jenny Stallard
  • Emma-Jane Lovell
  • Maya Zack

Self-Employed Supplier Award

This category 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, but not limited to, those in accounting, banking, mortgages, loans, insurance and pensions.

This year’s finalists

  • Freelance Mum
  • Integro Accounting Ltd
  • iSIPP
  • Markel Direct
  • Workwell

Sustainability Award

We’re looking to celebrate a freelance business or individual consciously working greener and cleaner and who knows how important small changes in daily practices can be to achieving net-zero. Judges are looking for practical examples – however big or small – of everyday changes to operate a freelance business more sustainably or changes implemented to a client’s business or project.

This year’s finalists

  • Helen Hill
  • Andrew Marlow
  • Marjolein Thickett
  • Amy Walden

Community Champion Award

This award celebrates groups that assist freelance individuals with advice, guidance and support. Here the judges are looking for community groups that have gone above and beyond to help freelancers. This may include support with creating new connections, clients or business, or sharing practical expertise and best practice.

This year’s finalists

  • Roxy Bond
  • Creative Access
  • Jem Collins
  • Talking Travel Writing
  • Steve Folland


Social Influencer Award

This award celebrates the creativity and innovation that is involved in achieving great results through social media. It can be for your own business, or for a client. Judges are looking for evidence such as audience stats, examples of successful campaigns, and testimonials from clients/customers.

This year’s finalists

  • Clare Andrews
  • Becky Barnes
  • Becky Benfield-Humberstone
  • Kelsey Frick
  • Alex Outhwaite


Equality and Diversity Award

In recent years, there has been a visible and much-needed shift towards better awareness of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace and the benefits this provides. We’re looking for an individual who’s acted as a role model, inspiring others to follow or overcome barriers to excel in their career and have a proven passion for ensuring that people at work feel valued and respected.

This year’s finalists

  • Ettie Bailey-King
  • Jem Collins
  • MaryLou Costa
  • Katie Silverthorne
  • Eris Young


IPSE Member of the Year Award

This award goes to IPSE’s most engaged member over the last 12 months. This category is non-enterable and the winner of this award will be announced live on the night. Judges will consider members who have shown a true passion for IPSE membership and giving back to the community, for example, those who have hosted events or webinars for IPSE members to join, promoted the benefits of membership, shared their Member Story, offered their services for mentoring, or offered advice and expertise to other members. It’s not too late to make an impact on the IPSE community to be considered for this award. Follow the links above to see how you can get involved or contact membership@ipse.co.uk for more information.


Lifetime Achievement Award

The final award of the evening is a truly special one. The Lifetime Achievement Award will recognise and promote the significant contribution a self-employed individual has made over their whole career. This category is intended for individuals with at least 15 years of demonstrable accomplishments in any field as a self-employed worker. The winner of this award will be announced live on the night. This category accepts both self-nominations as well as nominations on behalf of an individual.

The judges

Vicks Rodwell

Director of Membership, IPSE

Nadine Campbell

Founder of ACE Entrepreneurs and The Digital Helpdesk

Sophie Cross

Editor of Freelancer Magazine

Simon Moore

Freelance writer and editor


All award winners receive one-year IPSE Plus membership (worth £350), recognition at a national level and a range of high-profile exposure including:

  • Announcement of you and your brand/business as a winner across all IPSE social media channels
  • Interview showcased on the IPSE Freelancer Awards website, IPSE website, IPSE social media channels, and IPSE and Freelancer Corner newsletters
  • The opportunity to take over one of IPSE’s social media accounts for a day
  • Feature in an IPSE press release announcing all the results
  • IPSE Freelancer Awards trophy

Also the following, kindly donated by The CV & Interview Advisors:

  • Freelancer CV writing service worth £349+VAT for the IPSE Member of the Year Award winner
  • Freelancer LinkedIn profile writing service worth £279+VAT for the Lifetime Achievement Award winner
  • 6 months access to our career / winning work portal worth £120+VAT for all 2023 winners (Self-Employed Supplier Award not included)

Last year’s winners

Winning an award is a great way to raise your business profile and set yourself apart from the competition. But don’t just take our word for it…hear from our 2022 winners:

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Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship of the IPSE Freelancer Awards allows you to align your brand with a campaign that is recognising and rewarding those going above and beyond in the self-employed community.

Sponsorship packages include unrivalled benefits such as branding across all media and marketing campaign collateral, exclusive branding in your area of sponsorship, tickets to attend the London awards ceremony, the opportunity to present a trophy to your category winner on stage, and many more benefits tailored to your level of support.

To discuss availability and options please contact Tracey Clinton, Head of Partnerships, IPSE.

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, is the voice of the UK’s self-employed population who make up one in seven people working today.

We make sure freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors are represented to Government. By producing insightful, hard-hitting research and effective policy campaigns, we fight to create a better environment for the self-employed to run their businesses and ultimately, ensure our economy remains one of the most flexible in the world.