A 20-year-old entrepreneur from Sheffield has won a national business accolade – and plans on using his award money to give back to the community by hiring an apprentice.

IT specialist Harvey Morton took home the Young Freelancer of the Year Award at the IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) Awards – the centrepiece of the tenth annual National Freelancers Day (NFD), recognising excellence in freelancing.

IPSE is the voice of the UK’s self-employed population who make up one in seven people working today and the awards celebrate the most talented self-employed people aged 23 and under.

IPSE CEO Chris Bryce said: “I would like to warmly congratulate the winners of all award our categories – they are all inspirational ambassadors for freelancing in the UK.”

Sixteen finalists across three categories – Freelancer of the Year, Young Freelancer of the Year and New to Freelancing – were judged on the strength of their portfolio, passion and commitment, business acumen and the creativity and distinctiveness of their offering.

Harvey, whose business is based at The Workstation, is now planning to use the award money to take on an apprentice.

He said: “Everything I do is about giving back to the community and helping young freelancers find their career.

“I feel so incredibly proud and honoured to have won Young Freelancer of the Year at the IPSE National Freelancer Awards – the talent demonstrated by all of the finalists and everyone who entered is amazing.

“Dreams really do come true and hard work does pay off. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough – get out there and do it!”

Click here to read more about Harvey and his business in our 5 Minutes With feature.