The Professional Contractors Group (PCG) and its founder, Andy White, were nominated recently for four national awards in the New Statesman's New Media awards for innovative communication using new technology.
The PCG and White received a 'special mention' in the elected representative section, and were nominated in advocacy, on-line communities and overall merit. The PCG was formed in March 1999 in response to the Government's IR35 proposals and has since evolved into a 10,000 member strong, web-based organisation, which represents independent contractors on a range of issues. As well as launching the PCG, White recently created the contractor news site, Shout99.
Commenting on the nominations, he says, "The power of the web allowed PCG to grow and operate so efficiently in such a short period of time. It provided the means whereby individuals could become part of a community and act with greater impact through their combined strength. And it has shown the future for lobbying and campaigning so that every voice can be heard."
Cabinet office minister, Dr Mo Mowlam presented the awards, and the judges included the Government's e-envoy, Alex Allen.