Bristol and the South West is a beacon for fantastic freelance talent. And, with more demand for freelance support in 2017, we’re going to be hosting a series of events for like minds.

This is just the first, and we’ll be getting together regularly during the year to support the freelance community, with guest speakers and interesting information to share. So, please let us know if you’d like to book / register / get involved.

Designed to give you the skills and knowledge to promote yourself and run your freelance business, we’ll be dedicating just over 2 hours to learning, developing new skills and sharing best practice plus a chance to meet new colleagues … and of course like minds.

This first session will be working through some of the core steps to consider – no matter what stage you’re at with your freelance career – including:

Session One

Liz Gadd, Recruiter in PR, Communications and Marketing will discuss and share with you her 25 years of experience of placing freelance PR, marketing and communications professionals. This will include what potential new clients are looking for in applications and approaches, how to find and meet the right people, how to structure and develop a healthy pipeline of business, how to approach and target the right people who will keep your income healthy, and honest facts around day rates.

We will look at LinkedIn, direct approaches, building your prospect list and general hints and tips about how to get the right work for you. Freelance career advice in real life, with plenty of knowledge to share about what it’s really like and what really works in finding freelance work with clients.

Session Two

Ambitious PR, with over 22 years of experience in PR and running a business based on an agile resourcing structure, will share their experiences of working with freelancers and offer some advice about working with agencies and direct with clients, and how to develop a great relationship with your freelance colleagues.

This session will also cover the do’s and don’ts of working as a freelancer in 2017 and beyond, with some real-life and useful insights into day rates!

Date: Tuesday 7th February 2017

Venue: Bakesmiths, Whiteladies Road, Bristol

Timings: 9.00 am to 12 noon.

  • 9.00am Meet at Bakesmiths for coffee and buffet breakfast, registration.
  • 9.30 am Liz Gadd – presentation and Q & A
  • 10.30 am Ambitious PR – presentation and Q & A
  • 11.15 am Roundtable discussion – shared challenges, issues & topics for next event
  • 11.45 am Depart or continue networking

Cost: £20 per person, including Bakesmiths’ breakfast and all refreshments.

Limited to a maximum of 20 people, please book by emailing [email protected] to book your place.

If you’d like to register to get updates on the rest of the series of sessions we will be running this year, please email [email protected], and of course feel free to suggest any particular content you’d like included.

This networking forum is being organised and facilitated by Liz Gadd and Ambitious PR.

Hope to see you there!