IPSE Support for Freelancers and Contractors

June 22nd, 2016

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IPSE (short for the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) are a membership body who support freelancers, contractors and the self employed.

There are various ways in which IPSE can help and support you as a freelancer, and we’re going to cover just a few of them here:

Protection for you and your business

For around £13 a month, IPSE members can take advantage of the following benefits, which as a freelancer are extremely important:

  • Free tax and legal helplines
  • Specialists to defend you in a tax investigation at no cost
  • Debt recovery


On top of the above, IPSE Plus members (around £20 a month) receive business interruption support including:

  • £5000 life assurance cover at no charge
  • Up to £1000 if an agency breaks contract
  • Up to £10000 compensation for failed payments
  • Up to £2000 if you are ill/injured for 3 weeks or more
  • Up to £500 per day compensation for tax compliance meetings
  • Up to £500 per day compensation for jury service for up to two weeks

Access to guides and toolkits

As a member you can also take advantage of the following resources:

  • Guides to – Freelancing, Retirement Savings, Mortgages, Agency Conduct Regulations and more
  • Toolkits with business templates, client contracts and more
  • IPSE Magazine – our bi-monthly magazine with news, views, hints and tips for independent contractors


IPSE organise over 100 events a year throughout the UK, including National Freelancers Day. Events include:

  • Tax (paperwork, compliance , remuneration, IR35 etc)
  • Financial planning (pensions, mortgages, investments, banking)
  • Social media (twitter, Linkedin)
  • Personal skill development (CV & covering letter writing, interview/business pitch)
  • Policy changes

NearDesk Membership

Ever needed a workspace whilst travelling? NearDesk allows you to rent a desk or meeting room at over 150 locations across the UK. An activated IPSE card gives access to a professional working environment in locations across the UK and, by touching in and touching out, allows you pay just for the time you use. Plus, a single monthly invoice means less paperwork.

IPSE members also get an initial two free days to use at any of the four regional hubs and will benefit from an ongoing 15% discount on desk use at each of them.

Portsmouth Freelancers and IPSE

Sign up with the code PFMEET for a 15% discount on your first year!

As sponsors of Portsmouth Freelancers Meet, IPSE are offering PFMeet members a discount of 15% off your first year, just by using the code PFMEET.

Be in with a chance to win 1 years IPSE Plus or Creative membership at the PFMeet Summer BBQ!

There is also a 1 years membership up for grabs at the PFMeet Summer Party raffle – an excellent prize for any freelancer! All you need is a ticket to our summer BBQ, and to purchase a raffle ticket on the night.

Hope to see you there!

Have you used IPSE?

We’ve love to hear your stories in the comments below!

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Freelance front end developer, organiser of Portsmouth Freelancers Meet, Director of Starboard


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