DIARY: Like Wise group formed for free(lance) spirits

Next week sees the launch of a support group, 'Like Wise', for

freelances in the creative and media industries.

It meets for the first time next Wednesday and is the brainchild of

freelance PROs Wendy Richmond and Kath Porter, and former PRWeek

features editor, now freelance journalist Maja Pawinska - proving that

gamekeepers and poachers can work together from time to time.

Richmond, a former PRCA assistant director, said: 'We wanted to create a

forum for freelances in the creative industries who share such similar

concerns and thoughts.

'Freelances often miss out on that office banter. It's also a chance to

make contacts and exchange ideas,' she added.

The group is having an inaugural meal at London restaurant Apertivo on 7

November, and so far 20 freelances, all in journalism and PR, have

expressed an interest in joining up.

Richmond hopes the group will add members from other creative sectors,

and she has plans to set up an intranet.

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