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20 April 2009

Free Advice Session for Freelancers at PLASA Focus

If you're an established freelancer or just starting out in the industry, you can take advantage of a free advice session being run as part of the programme of seminars at next week's PLASA Focus event in Leeds.

This one-hour session, which takes place at 12pm on Wednesday 29 April at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, will provide freelancers with an overview of a wide range of areas relevant to their working lives, including an examination of key legal requirements and responsibilities.

Its main focus will be an introduction to Health & Safety law for freelancers, including a review of risk management, individual levels of responsibility and risk assessment practices. It will also provide an understanding of financial issues such as IR35 and what it means for an individual's self employment status, outlining the measures that can be taken to protect it. The session will conclude with a brief introduction to the range of legal, financial, technical and health & safety advisory services provided by PLASA.

A Q&A forum will be available followed by a brief networking session where attendees can talk with a range of specialist advisers on all the above issues, together with experts on copyright protection, insurance and healthcare.

To register for the seminar, you also need to register to attend PLASA Focus - all of which is free (plus there's a free lunch too). Simply log on to www.plasafocus.com.

If you'd like further details in advance, e-mail feedback@plasa.org.

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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