The local and European elections provide a host of opportunities for policy makers to get behind the growing number of people choosing self-employment and unlock the potential of this growing sector.

That’s according to PCG, the representative body for freelancers and independent professionals, who have highlighted the many ways in which the newly elected local Councillors and Members of European Parliament can help a sector which UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called ‘the engine of our economy’.

Commenting on the upcoming local elections, Simon McVicker, PCG’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs said:

By supporting self-employment locally, Councillors will boost businesses in their constituencies just when they need it most. For example, by working to improve local connectivity such as broadband internet and local transport infrastructure, Councils will ensure self-employed professionals can remain in touch with clients at all times – a vitally important part of 21st Century business.

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Councillors could also boost self-employment by turning unused council properties into community work spaces to provide those starting a business with somewhere to do business.”

Ahead of the European elections, Simon McVicker, who believes that more support for independent professionals would also ensure Europe’s economic recovery, continues:

Appointing an Envoy for Independent Professionals would ensure the fastest growing sector of the European Labour Market is properly represented in Brussels. It is also important that independent professionals – or iPros as they are called – are visible in official statistics. Better regulation that considers the unique needs of the sector would also ensure independent professionals get a fair deal when it comes to getting work and getting paid fairly and on time for the services they deliver.”

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