David is an accomplished trainer who is a joy to learn from. He is open to questions and comments but always keeps the course on track, covering a wealth of information during the day, presenting it in an entertaining, memorable and often humorous way.

Claire GardinerFreelance journalistCardiff

Very insightful and extremely helpful…I just wanted to thank you for all your help again.

CatRunner, Edinburgh

Excellent session run for us on setting up as a sole trader.

John BryansProduction Executive, BBC STUDIOSBristol

I think this is, by a long way, the best workshop I have every been to. The facilitator was truly excellent.

BenBBCSetting up as a Sole Trader

Thank you. You clearly know what you’re talking about!

Emily, BBC leaver

I felt enlightened by the end of the day and can now confidently explain what tax and N.I. are!

WinnieChannel 4 Production TraineeGlasgow

One of the best courses I have ever been on! Superb!!

Emma, BBC leaver

That really was a very enjoyable and useful day. David was excellent. It’s so nice to have a tutor who’s on top of his schedule.

HelenFederation of Entertainment Unions

Fantastic content, compact and to the point. Delivered wonderfully.

Student media freelancer

Far and away the best course I’ve attended in 20+ years of my career. Thank you!

Tara, BBC leaver

Brilliant structure to the day. I enjoyed the interaction and the overall content.

CW, student media freelancer

The session was really great and informative. The tutor made a topic which could’ve been boring really interesting to learn about. He was also very engaging and responded well to questions.

TV Freelancer, Glasgow

It was exactly the kind of neatly packed info I needed to reboost my career in its early stages.

Student Media Freelancer

An invaluable course covering many useful topics. David delivered clearly and with humour and kept our interest throughout, thank you!

Rebecca LeesFreelance writerCardiff

You were a breathe of fresh air in something that I didn’t think could be interesting and fun to learn about!


David was a brilliant and knowledgable trainer.

SarikaBBCSetting up as a Sole Trader

The session was full of good advice and helped me to regain my focus. It also gave me a chance to network with others who could give me the benefit of their experience. David’s delivery made what could be a dry, dreary subject interesting.

Jacqui PulfordFreelance/CopywritingWales

Superb – hugely knowledgable and helpful.

BenBBCSetting up as a Sole Trader

Thanks for the video and for the session on Monday. I really enjoyed and found it very useful. Diolch.


Thoroughly enjoyed it. Made interesting and fun!

SianMama Youth Project

Very much enjoyed this course and excellent trainer.

Jane, BBC Leaver

One of the best seminars I’ve been to. Quite empowering!

TraineeBBC CareerlinkSetting up as a Sole Trader

Thank you for giving me such a brilliant insight in to the world beyond the BBC.

Alex'Setting up as a Sole Trader'BBC

After taking your training day I now feel a lot more confident going into the industry as a freelancer.

AneesahChannel 4 TraineeGlasgow

Wanted to thank you for all the information and advice during the course, some of the stuff I’ve learned I can implement super quickly and see rewards almost immediately.

GrzegorzFreelancerBECTUFinance for Freelancers

I got paid straight away with David’s invoice tips.

RebeccaCostume DesignerSara Putt AssociatesFinance for Freelancers

Brilliant course. Great delivery. Factual, straightforward but enjoyable. Left feeling much more informed and positive.

RedBee employee going freelance

Extremely practical, clear and timely advice pertinent to the situation. Book him again!

Wayne NowaczykPR and Media ConsultantWales

I really did enjoy and got a great deal out of your two sessions. You made both topics clear, specific and fun … It was your focus on the positivity of networking, that made me feel at ease … I attended Cannes [earlier] this year and there were a couple of times I wish I could have had a couple of key words from your session in my head!

NigelTrainee Production AssistantSkillsetSkillset induction for freelancers

Thanks for the workshop yesterday on freelance writing as a business – loved the work/life balance ideas.

JamieNUJ Training Wales participant

The presentation and mood in the room was great. I’m definitely going to do another training course.

AledBBC Production ApprenticeCardiff

Really enjoyable when I expected dull! David super engaging.

Sam Boyd, RedBee trainee

I found myself hanging on every word.

Trainee, BBC

Excellent, useful and engaging. Packed with information.

Johnnie, BBC leaver

Probably the most enlightening course I been on. With David being one of the most able and empathetic trainers I’ve worked with.

Nick, BBC leaver

Really enjoyed meeting everyone and learning new things.  Please pass on my thanks and appreciation to David whom I thought had a lovely manner, explained things well and was comfortable to allow others to share information – a nice atmosphere.

FlaminiaFederation of Entertainment UnionsIntro to social media for FEU

David’s explanations of “Sole Trading” were put forth in a clear, concise and helpful way that I found invaluable ~ the handouts and access to material on the website, fantastic.

Heather Casali, new freelancer

You did a really great job of creating a supportive, effective, meaningful learning experience for everyone. It’s not easy to do that, so I just wanted to say thank you for a great day!


Amazing and very insightful! Discovering your website has been great and it is a fantastic resource.

AmirScreenSkills participant

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for the last two days’ Skillset Induction…I am looking forward to put everything you said into practice in the future…

LiliArt departmentSkillset

Yesterday was amazing, I really have learnt a lot. I’m so impressed with David’s teaching and holding the group.

Clare, FEU Trainee

I feel so much more organised and less intimidated now

RebeccaRunner (ScreenSkills participant)

David Thomas is a brilliant instructor and I appreciate his varied knowledge base as both an ’employee’ vs freelancer

BECTU Vision trainee, Scotland

Your style was so clear that I understood the financial side of business for the first time, and am now even feeling a little bit excited about the future!


The fact that the trainer has been a sole trader and gone through the process himself was great. He really knows his subject.

Lia, BBC leaver

Excellent course. Very helpful and inspiring!

ITV staff member going freelance

Absolutely fantastic course run by an equally fantastic trainer. David made it fun to learn about business. Thank you so much.

Lottie, BBC leaver

David was fantastic, informal and incredibly knowledgeable! I learnt loads!

CalumTrainee, Glasgow

I highly recommend this course to anyone who is a freelancer or looking to become a freelancer, it was a clear and comprehensive overview of the main issues and how to address them.

BECTU Vision trainee, Scotland

I knew David’s course would be good but I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy it!

Kate ElliottTraining Officer, BECTU Sector, Prospect

The whole workshop was excellent – really thorough and detailed.

BBC TraineeSetting up as a Sole Trader

My head is still buzzing with the info.  Your style of teaching makes the facts given easy to digest.  I hear the tax return adverts on the radio and now smile to myself as I know I am so going to be ready.


Immensely enjoyable. Hugely helpful. Very concise, simple understandable language, clear delivery style. Excellent day!

Peter, BBC leaver