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9th annual Freelancer Awards celebrate British creative and tech talent


By Sam Anderson | Network Editor

June 20, 2023 | 4 min read

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The ceremony will be held this month at London’s The Honourable Society of The Middle Temple.

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The ninth annual Freelancer Awards will be held later this month in London / Credit: YunoJuno

Voting closed this weekend on the Freelancer Awards, a celebration of the UK’s 4.1 million freelancers. Following a community-driven nominations and judging process, the event will take the form of a Midnight in Paris-themed costume party on 30 June, at London’s fancy The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

It’s the awards ceremony’s ninth iteration, and it amounts to the biggest freelancer event of its type in the UK. This year, host freelancer-management platform YunoJuno is partnering with The Mental Health Foundation. 100% of ticket sales will go to the charity.

18 categories cover marketing, design, and development; new categories this year include artificial intelligence.

‘Independence through excellence’

Shib Mathew, co-founder and executive chairman of awards host YunoJuno told The Drum that, outside of the ceremony, freelancers are an under-appreciated resource in the marketing industry.

“Freelancers are the unsung heroes of many campaigns and projects and the attitude around them has changed dramatically over the last decade,” said Matthew. “Today, freelancers are seen as an agency's or organization's strategic and economic advantage. And because they're integral to the delivery of world-class work and projects, they need to be recognized and celebrated for their contribution.”

The industry needs a celebration of this kind, says Matthew, because the freelance sector is only set to grow: “freelancing is the future of work. Agile and specialized talent is such a competitive advantage for organizations of all sizes, be that a three-person startup, a leading creative agency, to an FTSE 100 company. Before YunoJuno created The Freelancer Awards, this fastest-growth part of the labor market, had no event to recognize their work or commitment to delivering excellence through independence.”

Matthew goes on: “The marketing industry, and the work it produces, would be a poorer place without freelancers.

"By simply choosing to apply their craft in a more agile way, moving from project to project, they expose themselves to greater learning (sometimes even failing) and adapting because they simply have to. Their reputation and subsequent project depend on it. The years and varied projects have made them stronger — in their craft and probably for your project.”

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