Join GSB, January Q&A: entrepreneur Madeleine Bunting and freelancer Kevin Birrell

This session will be a great opportunity to understand how freelancing is changing the way work is done and what opportunities it presents for both employers and employees

More and more, employees are turning to self-employment to better manage their work and build a career. That’s good news for employees, since freelance work is an effective way to reach their goals, and a great opportunity for employers to tap into this talent.

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But in the past few years, freelancing has been able to respond to the rise of the gig economy, where self-employed individuals can earn cash independent of a company, and where gigging can also be a creative outlet. An amazing new study by online education website Coursera found that people are now even turning to freelance work for vacations and leisure.

I’ll be co-hosting a lively discussion of these topics as part of the Health and Wellbeing Q&A on the GSB in Edinburgh, where I’ll be interviewing Freelancers Union managing director Kevin Birrell and freelance columnist and entrepreneur Madeleine Bunting.


Tuesday 18 January, 5-6pm


The Edinburgh Business School, 93 Buchanan St, Edinburgh EH8 7EA

Register here to attend and for more information.


Kevin Birrell is managing director of the Freelancers Union, which represents more than 700,000 freelancers in the UK. Before working for the Freelancers Union, Kevin was a freelance fundraiser working across the country for charities and community groups. He has also worked for Practical Action, Disabled People UK and Plymouth’s mayor’s office.

Madeleine Bunting is a freelance journalist and freelance writer, covering sex, love, relationships, homes and life. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the media, including a degree in English, lectures and writing for women’s magazines and a three-year stint as Guardian columnist. She has also been a radio researcher, dramatist and researcher for the BBC, Channel 4 and television.

You can find the full panel here.

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