15 for 2015 competition announces call for UK’s best and brightest freelancers

Initiative to reward overall winner with £5,000 and package of business support

The UK’s five million self-employed people have been urged to enter a competition, set to reward 15 exceptional freelancers with recognition and a package of business support.

The ’15 for 2015’ competition, organised by non-for-profit freelancer organisation PCG, has launched with the intention of identifying the UK’s most promising self-employed people and freelancers and rewarding them with the support they need to grow their enterprise.

PCG said it was looking for “independent minds” who represent the “diversity, enterprise and bravery” of the UK’s self-employed population.

15 winners will be chosen from the pool of entrants, and will receive a wide-ranging package of business support including financial advice, free tech, and other professional support services provided by the competition’s sponsors. The overall winner will also be awarded £5,000 to grow their business.

Winners will also be recognised at an award ceremony held at LSO St. Luke’s in East London’s Tech City on 19 November 2014.

The competition was endorsed by the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who said: “London is home to tens of thousands of enterprising people who have taken the plunge and set up their own business when it would have been much less risky for them to get a regular nine to five job.

“These entrepreneurs help to make London the business capital of the world and a true commercial and economic powerhouse. 15 for 2015 aims to make life a little easier for those adventurous independent professionals from throughout the UK who want to control their own destiny and will also unearth some of our business leaders of the future.”

The 15 for 15 competition is open to freelancers and self-employed professionals working in any sector in the UK, and the application page can be found here.

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