7 Days in June was developed by Rob Edwards FRSA, a freelance content producer in November 2011.
Conceived initially on an old laptop over several double espressos in Pret-a-Manger at Euston Station on National Freelancers Day, the idea quickly developed from concept to reality. Potential sponsors were identified, meetings were arranged, partners sourced and ideas shared until after months of negotiation and collaboration, the 2012 project was born and the company was established.
At the heart of the 7 Days concept lies the growing need for highly skilled, flexible, project based resource. Business models demand people who can deliver quickly, efficiently and cost effectively. The key to understanding this is knowing how and where to find it.
7 Days in June is an annual project which brings together teams of freelancers, students and businesses to help address current topics of real national interest in engaging, creative and innovative ways. By thinking differently, we aim to show just what is possible.
The world of business is changing rapidly and freelancing is becoming an increasingly important and valid way of working. There are now 1.6m freelancers in the UK contributing £82 billion to UK GDP*. The need for mobile, flexible, cost effective resource in business has never been greater and freelancing, in its many varied forms is one of the answers to getting the UK economy moving again.
7 Days in June 2012 covered this from a number of different angles; the changing face of the labour market, how freelancers are adding value to business, what it means to be a freelancer, the importance of compliance and how freelancing can benefit the graduate community amongst others.
Each of the short films was shot on location around Media City and in Salford University and includes contributions from a number of leading industry figures. A number of freelancers, businesses and students were given the opportunity to have their say in a series of vox pops that were filmed at the launch event.
The films are now due to be released one by one, over a few weeks in the run up to National Freelancers Day in November 2012. One final film, produced specifically for NFD2012 will be aired for the first time on National Freelancer Day on Wednesday 21st November.
You can find out more about the films, and reserve your release tickets by clicking here.