Support Small Business This Christmas

The UP & HO ho HO Xmas Stocking Grant

Over the past two months, we’ve ran two different UP & Go Grant schemes, targeting freelancers in different fields to help support their freelance careers.

For our upcoming Grant Scheme, we want to push the message to Shop Small this Christmas.

Our social feed will be filled with inspiring articles and upfliting graphics and we’ll be sharing the work of talented UK based freelancers who are selling their products or services as Christmas presents this year.

Plus, one lucky applicant will receive a grant of £500.

Freelancers, Apply Today to Receive £500!

Our UP & HO, HO, HO Xmas Stocking Grant will be just for the little guys, the freelancers and 1-2 person businesses that need a little help during this Christmas season.

You can apply if you:

Are a 1-2 person freelance business
Are over the age of 18
Operate in the UK
Are an UP Virtual Office member (it’s free to sign up)
Have a kick-ass stocking present product or service
How To Apply
Applications open on 16th November and close on 11th December at midnight.
To apply follow the steps below.

Step 1

Sign up

Click on the button ‘Start your portfolio’ and sign up to UnderPinned Virtual Office.

Step 2

Create the Portfolio

Head over to Portfolio section inside the Virtual Office and create the portfolio.

Step 3

Tag your portfolio

Make sure you tag your portfolio with UP&HO2020 to enroll in this competition.

Step 4


Save your portfolio as a ‘public’ portfolio and click publish.

How It Will Be Judged

Sinead Koehler, Founder of Crafty Fox Market
The UnderPinned Team

Five applications will be shortlisted based on judging by the UnderPinned team. They will then be submitted to the next round and judged by Sinead Koehler, founder of Crafty Fox Market. The one winner will be notified by email and we will announce the winning portfolio on the 14th December on our Instagram page (@_underpinned) and in our newsletter.

The UnderPinned Advent Calendar
Bonus Prizes

It wouldn’t be Christmas without an Advent Calendar, so we’ve decided to build our own! Every weekday from 1st-14th December there will be a new prize to be won!

These prizes will be handpicked from our brilliant partners and members of our freelance community, to brighten your Christmas this year and introduce you to some wonderful new small businesses.

To win, freelancers must simply comment with a link to their portfolio in the comments. There’s only one rule; you can apply for all prizes, but if you’ve won one you can’t win a second (gotta spread the love).

The UP Advent Calendar will be going live inside the UnderPinned Freelance Community Facebook Group, so make sure you join today so you don’t miss out!

Support Small Business This Christmas

If you would like to help us spread the message to support small businesses this Christmas, reach new audiences, help raise the word that we’re giving away £500 to one lucky small biz and spread some Christmas cheer...

We would love to introduce you to our community and add one of your products or services to our UP Advent Calendar!

You’ll recieve shoutouts on our:
Facebook Group
Lets Help Freelancers
Thrive This Year
If you’d like to get involved, reach out to our Head of Community, Emily, at with:


What product or service you’d like to add to the UP Advent Calendar


A short description of you, your business and your UP Advent Calendar Prize


A high resolution picture or video of your prize!


Your business Instagram handle

We wish we could be having a big old Xmas Freelance Party like last year, but no lockdown will stop us making this Christmas a whole lot of fun.

Get involved, apply and help us spread the word so together we can help support small businesses this Christmas.

Love, The Team x

Love, The

Team x

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