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Cameron salutes UK freelancers ahead of National Freelancers Day

Freelancers making use of accountants Richmond have received timely encouragement from the very top ahead of a 24 hour celebration of freelancers across the UK on Thursday 21st November, with Prime Minister David Cameron describing the country’s freelancers as “the engine of our economy” and deserving of his “very best wishes on National Freelancers Day.”

The PM’s warm words follow a month of support for NFD from various quarters, including from other MPs like shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, as well as business leaders and celebrities.

Mr Cameron said that the country owed “a huge debt of gratitude to the thousands of men and women who have decided to make their living as freelancers”, telling the freelance clients of accountants Richmond that “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.”

The country’s freelancers also drew the praise of the mayor of London Boris Johnson, who described them as “brave and ambitious” and providing the UK with “vital talent”. NFD’s London launch will take place later on Thursday, keynoted by BBC The Apprentice star and vice-chair of West Ham United, Karren Brady.

Ms Brady will take part in a Question Time-style debate alongside a panel of experts, to discuss the economic impact of flexible working. The event, at which BBC small business expert Liz Barclay, journalist and broadcaster Nick Ferrari, Salisbury’s Conservative MP John Glen and Sunday Times political editor Isabel Oakeshott will also appear, will be hosted by one of the UK’s best known freelancers, broadcaster Sue Lawley.

Ms Brady signalled that a dedicated celebration of the country’s 1.72 million freelancers was well-deserved, stating: “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.”

Other influential figures to have previously hailed the event and the work of freelance clients of accountants Richmond include Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley and shadow economic secretary Catherine McKinnell MP, who said that freelancers “played an increasingly prominent part in creating economic growth and prosperity.”

The chair of PCG, Julie Stewart, commented: “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 that the purpose of National Freelancers Day was to promote and celebrate freelancing’s positive effect not just on the UK economy, but also the work-life balance of workers, concluding that it was “brilliant” that so many prominent individuals were choosing to join in with the celebrations.