This Friday sees the launch of #MicroBizMattersDay where millions of social enterprises and micro business owners across the UK are estimated to join the event and give 8 minutes (or more) of their time to help other micro business owners somewhere in the world.
Before the Christmas break Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE co-founders and co-funders of Enterprise Rockers CIC and #MicroBizMattersDay January 8th 2016 announced: “We’re confident that our target of at least one million business owners giving at least eight minutes (#IGave8) to help other business owners will be achieved. In fact we’re already planning our third #MicroBizMattersDay on January 13th 2017 when we’ll target 10 million globally”.
In the UK alone, the ONS have announced, there are a record 5.2 million micro businesses, 96% of all, with 4.1 million having no employees. This is a growth of 900,000 micro businesses in the last five years. The co-founders of #MicroBizMattersDay, Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE, have called for a day of “collaboration not competition” this Friday, 8th January 2015.
In addition to the 8 minutes of time, Enterprise Rockers CIC are also raising £8,000 to help micro business owners facing difficulty, such as those affected by recent floods. Using the #IGave8 hashtag they will be looking for people to donate £8 to the @HitTheRocks fund.
The day will also see eight hours live streaming of talks and events from leading Enterprise Agency Portobello Business Centre in London with high profile micro biz owners and business speakers from a variety of sectors. The live streaming will be supported, free, by Start Your Business Magazine, Journolink, UK StartUp and over 20 Enterprise Rockers’ Head Roadies – all volunteers and all micro business owners.
The many guests giving their time free and their success tips on Friday, include Penny Power OBE, Charlie Mullins OBE, Emma Jones MBE, Laura Henry, Tina Fotherby, Lorraine Allman, Chris Percival, MOBO award winning rapper – Sway, Michelle Dorrell, Adrian Ashton, Charles Cracknell and Tim Campbell MBE (pictured below).
It was also announced on On New Year’s Day that five of the event’s studio guests appearing on #MicroBizMattersDay were successful in reaching the top 40 of the Most Influential British Entrepreneurs. These include;
- Penny Power OBE – No: 22
- Chris Percival – No: 32
- Tim Campbell MBE – No: 36
- Charlie Mullins OBE – No: 38
- Emma Jones MBE – No: 40
Tina said: “It’s very exciting and the culmination of 4 years hard work proving we don’t compete with anyone or ask for fees, sign ups or memberships. We’re indie and informal and only concerned with making life better for micro business owners everywhere. We promote every single organisation and network that is great for micro business owners and that’s why in the UK, and we’re so grateful, all the major small business membership organisations are actively promoting the day – FSB, FPB, Enterprise Nation, IOEE, IAB, National Enterprise Network and many more.
“Larger companies that want to help their indie business owner customers have been great too, so, for example, Scansnap – a Fujitsu Company, Microsoft UK, Sage UK, Aldermore Bank, Policy Bee and individual business owners like Adrian Ashton and Lorraine Allman have backed us to the hilt. The business media have been great too , for example Start Your Business Magazine, Start Your Own Business, Business Zone, UK Start Ups, Business Matters, Share Radio and many more. For one day, at least, we unite to really make a difference”.
Tony said “It’s a great way for the 95% of businesses, with nine or less employees, and 75% have no employees, to kick off the New Year helping each other with gaining customers, improving cash-flow or increasing confidence. It’s really all due to a number of totally inspiring women. Tina, our co-founder of course, who is the greatest leader and organiser of networks of volunteers that I’ve ever met.
“Also very influential has been what Victoria Lennox has achieved with Start Up Canada – a grass roots eco system of support like ours is now. Kanya King MBE, founder of the MOBO Awards, was our inspiration as to what can be achieved by a broadcast event for a massive, global community. We use 8 hours live streaming and social media but one day the major broadcasters will take #MicroBizMattersDay too – as long as they don’t interfere”