Unleashing the self-employed in the new economy: Hudson Contract takes part in landmark conference

David Jackson | 11th April 2016

The future of self-employment takes centre stage at a flagship conference in London this month. 

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, will tackle three topical issues:

  1. What practical changes can policy makers implement to help the self-employed drive economic growth?
  2. What can be done to recognise the benefits freelancers bring to our flexible economy?
  3. Would independent professionals be better off in a reformed EU, or would leaving help their business?

Hudson Contract Chairman David Jackson says: “This event brings together senior politicians, business leaders and the UK’s self-employed workforce to discuss how to maximise the benefit the UK’s 4.6 million self-employed workers bring to the economy.”

The Conference will also take a look at how well the tax system reflects the way we work in the 21st Century, and features a  ‘Dragons’ Den’ style event, in which a panel of experts will judge policy proposals to boost the flexible economy.

David Jackson and Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield, who are members of IPSE’s Construction Policy Advisory Committee, will attend the event.  David Jackson adds:  “This is an excellent opportunity to advise policymakers about the practical steps they can take to help freelance construction workers further drive growth, and to ensure their significant contribution to the economy is properly recognised.  As an industry that can rarely plan ahead with certainty, the ability to remain flexible is often the difference between bankruptcy and success.”

 David Jackson, Ian Anfield and tax barrister Jolyon Maugham QC discuss why self-employment is so important to the UK economy