Recognising the achievements of the self-employed across the creative and tech sector across such disciplines and Design, Film, Marketing, Strategy and Project Management, the awards celebrated a range of winners, most of whom had moved to freelancing to pursue their craft with greater independence .
Tom Kolodotschko from OLO Design walked away not just with the Designer of the Year Award but was also crowned overall Freelancer of theYear.
“I was literally forced into freelancing when I left university, as it was at the height of the recession in 2009, and the mainstream jobs just weren’t there. I have never looked back.” - Tom Kolodotschko
Winning the Strategy Award, Simon Lamey from Big Apricot Ltdhad previously been employed by the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi but was drawn into freelancing three years ago attracted by the variety and flexibility.
“I now not only have a thoroughly fulfilling job, but I can also enjoy my family life on my own terms.” - Simon Lamey
All winners cited the support that YunoJuno provides as the one factor that enables them to be successful in the freelancing world.
Mariana Rodrigues, winner of the Creative Team Award, with her business partner Chris Ahlen for their business Chris X Mari, praised YunoJuno.
“They have changed my professional life. I can now bypass recruiters and agencies. Clients can just see our business testimonials and book usdirect. Then YunoJuno manages the payment side, leaving Chris and I just to concentrate on delivering the job for the client.”
2019's Client of the Year award also saw a break from previous years with the online luxury fashion platform, Farfetch, taking the coveted prize - further demonstrating the growth in freelancer engagement with major brands and the start-up community. Of the final shortlist within the client category, 50% were brands or technology companies.
YonuJuno founder Shib Mathew, dressed as Alexander Hamilton in keeping with this year’s theme of ‘Alternative Superhero’ praised all the shortlisted freelancers and clients.
“The Freelancer Awards were created to recognise and celebrate the incredible contribution that Freelancers make to so many organisations and sectors as well as the growing number of innovative organisations looking for that strategic edge. At YunoJuno we understand the many pressures of the freelance life – from finding the assignments, to managing the payments – so our mission is to remove as much of the stress as possible for the freelancer as well as hirers. TheAwards celebration each year, aside from the pure enjoyment of the evening, makes us realise what a vibrant resource this country has, and every bit of support we can provide adds to the vibrancy”.