A new conference organised for 26 April 2016 by the Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) will enable contractors to discuss policy changes and initiatives with policymakers and business leaders.

The conference will bring together politicians, entrepreneurs, the self-employed and contractors to discuss ways in which the government can support the fast growing self-employed workforce in the UK.

James Gribben, IPSE head of press and public relations, says that “this will be a great opportunity for contractors to contribute to potential government policy initiatives and discuss ways of driving recognition of the contingent workforce".

He added: “The fact that we’ve been able to put on an event of this sort which has attracted so much interest – both from members and politicians – is proof that self-employment is being recognised as an increasingly important issue.”

The conference topics of discussion include the government-commissioned Self-Employment Review where benefits such as access to maternity pay, mortgages and pensions were examined; and the European Union referendum, where contractors will be invited to give their views on whether the UK should remain a member or not.

The conference will conclude with a panel where potential policies will be pitched and voted on in a 'Dragon's Den' style.

Gribben summing up the event commented: “We’re anticipating an engaging, interactive event that could lay the foundations of policymaking for the flexible workforce.”

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