Boris Johnson hails freelancers as the UK’s “bright and vital talent”

Mayor praises 1.7 million self-employed British suppliers in run up to National Freelancers Day

Boris Johnson has today published a message saluting UK freelancers, stating that their “contribution to the lifeblood of our economy is immense”.

Sharing his support for the upcoming National Freelancers Day on November 21, the mayor of London suggested that freelancers are “propelling the growth” of the capital and are the country’s “bright and vital talent”.

He continued his advocacy of freelancers with the declaration that: “London salutes you, and so do I.”

Johnson’s full message reads:


I wanted to send my very best wishes to freelancers everywhere on National Freelancers Day. Your contribution to the lifeblood of our economy is immense. Taking the plunge on being a freelancer is an immense decision that can in many cases appear daunting. But it is also a choice that’s brave, and ambitious, fulfilling and rewarding. There are now 1.7 million freelancers in Britain, many of you propelling growth in the city I am proud to serve as Mayor. London salutes you, and so do I. You are our bright and vital talent. Whether you freelance, you are an entrepreneur or you run a small business three things you won’t be short of are ability, aptitude and agility. Those triple A’s are the theme of this year’s National Freelancers Day. They are also exactly what any budding freelancer needs to succeed! Good luck, I look forward to your continued success in the years ahead.  

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London  

On National Freelancers Day, Karren Brady will be heading up a live debate with entrepreneurs and business experts to “reflect on the power of the freelance model”.

For more information about the event, click here.


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