Beyond Redundancy, setting up as a sole trader with David Thomas



  • Thur 23 Sept 09:30 - 12:00
  • Fri 24 Sept 09:30 - 12:00

This session is part of ScreenSkills’ Resilience Month – join us in September to focus on your well-being and get support as we get ‘back-to-work’. These sessions are intended for those working in Unscripted Television. 

This is a 2-part course. Please only apply if you can attend both days.

Going through redundancy is often an anxious time, but with the right guidance it can lead to a very positive outcome. This interactive workshop, run across two mornings, is aimed at people moving from employment to self-employment. We cover the practicalities as well as some of the less obvious differences between having a boss and being the boss. 
The trainer will draw on his own experience of setting up a successful business after going through redundancy following more than 20 years as an employee.

Who it's for

Staff in Unscripted TV going through a redundancy process and moving from employment to self employment.

What it covers

• Why self-employment is different from employment 
• Why a sole trader is different from a limited company 
• Separating out your personal and business finances 
• What is tax and national insurance 
• Paperwork you need to keep (and how to keep it without going mad) 
• Getting ready for Making Tax Digital: digital record keeping and the new 'cloud accounting' 
• How not to run out of cash 
• Understanding your market 
• Motivating yourself 
• How not to work too hard 

The workshop includes plenty of discussion and interactive exercises. You will receive templates and topic help sheets as well as ongoing support by email and phone. 


David is a highly experienced broadcaster, trainer and manager, with a special interest in communication and organisational skills. 
He has trained freelancers and other creative people at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, as well as the entertainment and theatre unions BECTU, Equity, NUJ and the Musician’s Union.

His media training is focussed on charities and NGOs. Clients include Age UK, Mencap, MEND, the Disasters Emergency Committee, the King’s Fund and the Electoral Commission, as well as a range of NGOs at the United Nations.

He has been involved in radio and online production for 30 years, mostly with the BBC World Service and local radio. His expertise has taken him all around the world, working with broadcasters from Eastern Europe, the Far East, Africa and the Caribbean.

He has a reputation for reliability and sharp strategic thinking and is an excellent communicator. He has a keen interest in personal development and professional motivation of others, honed through years as a team leader and trainer. 
This session is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from broadcasters, SVoDs and production companies.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration. 

David Thomas Media

David Thomas Media

Whether you are a creative freelancer or a spokesperson for a charity, our aim is to help you learn new skills while enjoying yourself. We also pride ourselves in supporting you after the training. Whether it’s with downloadable resources or by phone and email.

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