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Freelancing gains mainstream approval

Freelancing gains mainstream approval

A recent report on ITV’s Meridian Tonight has given an interesting insight into how freelancers and contractors are thriving in the traditional new media hotspot of Brighton & Hove.

At present, 16% of the city’s workforce is self-employed – twice the national average – and the numbers are increasing in the location, which has become a hub for new media start-ups.

Darren Fell, MD of Brighton-based contractor accountant‘s Crunch.co.uk has experienced first hand the surge in freelancer and contractors.

He told ITV: “It is flourishing out there, and people are saying ‘no’ to the corporates, ‘no’ to ordinary work and ‘yes’ to freelancing.”

Crunch.co.uk has outgrown its current surroundings and is set to move into new offices as the business expands to cater for the ever-growing freelance workforce.

The regional ITV programme was screened to mark the second National Freelancers Day which has been more successful in gaining wider recognition than the inaugural event last year. Even Prime Minister David Cameron has leapt atop the bandwagon with a letter to the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) outlining his appreciation of the crucial role that freelancers and contractors play in the UK economy.

The freelance workforce is already thriving on the south coast, but with supportive governmental policies (particularly in regards to IR35 which is currently under review), Brighton may just prove a microcosm of what’s in store for the UK as a whole.

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