London,
10
April
2017

CIPR and IPSE launch free workshop for independent practitioners

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) will host a free workshop - ‘Being Independent’ - on 22 May to help tackle challenges faced by freelance PR professionals.

Held in partnership with The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), the event will feature insight from experienced freelance professionals, who'll share practical advice on a broad range of issues impacting independent practitioners.

Subject to be covered include:

  • Proactive steps for avoiding pitfalls and grabbing opportunities
  • Understanding finance and the impact of IR35
  • Protecting your income
  • Maximising the strength of your network

Talks will be followed by drinks and networking with independent experts, experienced freelancers and small business owners.

Rob Morbin, Head of Engagement, CIPR
The State of the Profession research shows almost a fifth of PR professionals work independently. Constant change in the sector is a challenge in itself for freelancers, especially in the context of an unpredictable political climate. The new IR35 regulation that came into effect this month has altered tax arrangements for the self-employed and this seminar will support freelancers by helping them understand how the changes could impact their business.
Rob Morbin, Head of Engagement, CIPR
Simon McVicker FCIPR, Director of Policy and External Affairs, IPSE
Self-employment is growing at a faster rate today than ever before. There is change to the regulatory agenda but much of it is complex and unclear. I am delighted that CIPR and IPSE are working together on this event to help the large number of self-employed people in the PR industry understand the new rules, what is understood to be self-employed and how to run a successful freelance business.
Simon McVicker FCIPR, Director of Policy and External Affairs, IPSE

The event will take place between 6-9pm on Monday 22 May at the CIPR's offices in Russell Square. Attendance is free but pre-registration is required.

To book your place, visit Eventbrite.

Those unable to attend in person can watch the event live on the CIPR's Facebook page.

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).

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