Gary Howard refused to be downbeat after missing out on a prestigious National prize.
And the former Royal Military Policeman is already planning expansion of his Mossley based company, Complete Forensics.
Gary was nominated for the Association of Independent Professional and the Self Employed annual freelancer awards.
Illustrator Emmeline Pidgen claimed the £5,000 prize and £5,000 training grant in the 24’s and over category at last month’s ceremony at Covent Garden.
But Gary says: “I was still excited to be listed as one of the 10 most inspirational freelancers at the IPSE-QA awards and I am really pleased for the winners.
“They do deserve it. I am very pleased to be associated with them and share the stage and while I didn’t win the experience was amazing.
“I don’t think I will enter again but would encourage any other freelance worker to get out there and be highlighted. It is worth it for that networking and exposure,” added Gary, a forensic specialist and managing director of Complete Forensics.
“But I will carry on with the services I deliver, bringing inspiration to thousands of people, while helping a criminal justice system that needs review, regulation and challenging to ensure it remains world class and only convicts the guilty.”
Gary’s work will take him to London in the coming months as one of 15 entrepreneurs appointed to become a Small Business Saturday ambassadors.
“I will be helping shape the programme and encouraging other small businesses to get involved which will be great for our economy,” he explains.
“Whatever the outcome of the referendum the country will continue and either way we have now to reinforce our nationality and pride in Britain.
“It has taken a beating but will recover. Lastly, I am lucky to have been picked to join the Entrepreneurial Spark programme from August so you have not heard the last of me or Complete Forensics.”
Winner Emmeline, from Chorley, illustrates graphic novels, editorials and advertising and writes a creative industries blog with 75,000 views each month.
The IPSE-QA Awards recognise excellence in freelancing, and applicants were judged on the strength of their portfolio and their passion and commitment to freelancing.
Chris Bryce, IPSE CEO, commented: “Our finalists all showed incredible achievements in their fields and the judges had a tough time choosing the winners.
“Emmeline’s dedication to her work, and to helping others into freelancing, are where the most credit is due.”