The author of the 5* reviewed, political satire 'Freedom from Bosses Forever' committed at his new audio book launch today to fight 'Government and Corporate bullying'. Tony Robinson OBE said 'Muhammed Ali died last week-end and he inspired my generation with his philosophy which was: "I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be'.

Re-editing my most popular book for audio was a sobering experience. The fictional journey in the book takes place in 2009 and the fictional narrator is trying to find out what happened to the missing £millions that Government had budgeted to help start ups and existing small and micro business owners to survive and thrive. In many countries around the world, they really look after new business owners but not in the UK - it's harder to make ends meet than than it was in 2009. Self employed and micro business owners are a part of the low pay economy. We're happy but poor.

My book has been described as 'absolutely full of business truth' and 'very funny' but I found it no laughing matter that the 6 million small and micro business owners in the UK are finding it tougher than when I wrote the first version of this book. Each year has seen record numbers of start ups, to 600,000 a year. All the growth in new jobs in the economy is due to new micro businesses. It's cheaper and easier to start up a business than it's ever been.

Yet, there's a 20% average earnings reduction since 2008 for the self employed. Premises are emptying in our towns as indie businesses cannot make a profit. There is less incentive to take on employees. This is all entirely due, not to a lack of skill or hard work, to a progressively more uneven playing field.

Local, regional and national government and the largest corporates are squeezing the pips out of micro enterprise.

They get away with it too easily. However unfair business life gets a business owners still want to remain in business. They haven't the time, resource or organisation to fight the professional lobbyists and will not campaign. The business membership organisations have to remain in the Government and Corporate tent.

Anyway, no-one will do business with a 'whiner and a moaner'. This means business owners accept the new taxation policies, mis-selling of financial products including loans, indemnity insurance and worthless pensions, steep energy and transport costs, ever increasing administration and social costs from such as auto enrolment and quarterly tax assessment.

Micro business owners have to accept 60 day payment terms and late payment (the average is 68 days) rather than risk losing a major customer. Government won't upset the corporates that make so much money out of loans, invoice financing and credit facilities by insisting that those companies Government contract with #PayIn30Days all their suppliers.

Tina Boden and I knew when we co-founded the global, free, indie, informal, no contact details required, non political, non lobbying movement that is Enterprise Rockers that we might end up unpopular with the establishment and broke. Legends such as Ali make you realise that none of that matters.

What matters is that we use the 'Power of Plenty' to make indie business ownership better for all. We're aiming for ten million business owners to get involved helping each other on the next global #MicroBizMattersDay. Realising how little we've achieved since 2009 just makes me more determined to make some noise and make faster progress on behalf of the 95% of businesses that are micro."


The popular satire 'Freedom from Bosses Forever' is now available as an audio book on Audible, iTunes and Amazon.

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Tony Robinson OBE is known as the Micro Business Champion. He is an authority on microenterprise and is a professional speaker, broadcaster and writer on this subject. He also writes poetry and fiction with his latest novel (November 2017) being 'Loose Cannon' and his most well-known work being the fictional satire 'Freedom from Bosses Forever' which also contains over 80 practical tips for micro business owners' success.

Tony is on a never-ending tour with his one man, one hour 'Let's Get Enterprising - Micro Myths and Magic Show' which suggests that for the majority of business owners there is a better way than the American Way to start up, survive and thrive. The show has been booked by organisers in London, Chesterfield, Newcastle, Yorkshire and Devon. Tony's aim is now to reach as many prospective and existing micro business owners with his show. As well as paid engagements with the show at business conferences and exhibitions he presents 2 UK shows a month, free of charge (expenses upfront) to Charities and genuine Social Enterprises.

Tony has also founded and directed a number of social enterprises to improve the quality of learning and support for new enterprise owners. The most well known of these is the SFEDI Group which includes the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs which he founded in 1996 and still co-owns. The most recent is Enterprise Rockers CIC which promotes the #MicroBizMatters global movement and the annual #MicroBizMatters Day. He co-founded this with Tina Boden in January 2012.

This independent, informal, free to join in, no contact details required, #MicroBizMatters Movement. @MicroBizMatters is part of Enterprise Rockers CIC and has one aim and five campaigns.

The aim is to make life better for micro (0-9 employees and up to £2million turnover) enterprise owners around the world and the campaigns are #PayIn30Days; Indie25ER; #NotAnSME; # CallOutTheBizBullies and #MicroBizMatters Day. The fifth, annual #MicroBizMatters Day is hosted by the City of Hull on January 11, 2019. The first three took place in London and the last was in Manchester. It is the only major day of recognition and action backed by all the national small business membership organisations in the UK.

Since launch, they have attracted many Friends of the Enterprise Rockers. These are networks of microenterprise owners within membership organisations and client/customer groups. Hundreds of thousands of self-employed and business owners have been helped by this informal, self-help movement.

#MicroBizMatters Day the biggest social media event for business owners and trends on twitter for over 7 hours. The day presents 8 learning hours and is truly a day of Recognition, Action and Learning.

Tony and Tina's famous friends have supported #MicroBizMatters Day throughout and they include Tim Campbell MBE, Sway (Mercury Award winner), Kanya King MBE, Penny Power OBE, Emma Jones MBE, Chris Percival, Charlie Mullins OBE. Michelle Dorrell, Laura Henry, Kate Hardcastle, Janice Gordon and Elaine Clark.

Tony and Tina have individual micro enterprises, both for longer than 20 years, and are well known in the UK for their work to support and promote start-ups and business ownership. Tony is and has been a Small and Micro Business Ambassador for a number of organisations, including Investors in People, and served on many Government Committees and Task Forces. He is currently an Ambassador for the Business Books Awards and a Judge for the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Tony received an OBE for services to small firms in 2001 and received two lifetime awards for enterprise in 2012 (from the IAB at the House of Commons) and 2013 (from Start Your Business Magazine). He founded the SFEDI Group in 1996 and remains a co-owner. He is co-founder and a Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs. He is Patron of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank. He is a long-serving NED of Yorkshire in Business, the enterprise agency for the Yorkshire Coast Region, which provides low cost and free enterprise support and has 5 buildings of workspace for prospective and existing micro business owners.