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The buzz surrounding the latest MicroBizMattersDay is still humming loud and clear, but that hasn’t stopped the in-house team of ‘rock stars’ from putting together plans for the next instalment.

Scheduled for January 13 2017, the third annual #MicroBizMattersDay is set to be bigger, better and more business oriented than ever. Organisers have already received some amazing offers of donations an support. These offers include the London venue for an event for 200 VIPs, at Pimlico Plumbers, London which will be streamed live to cities across the globe, including hubs in the USA, India, Dubai, Hull - City of Culture 2017 and more.

“There’s no doubt that we’re building THE global Live Aid for self-employed people and business owners” commented co-founder Tina Boden in the wake of the 2016 edition.

Featuring an electrifying broadcast schedule, #MicroBizMattersDay exists to “make life better for micro enterprise owners everywhere.” It is an 8 hour day of recognition, action and learning backed by the majority of business membership networks. The day celebrates and shares the achievements of some of the UK’s most inspirational business go-getters, with 2016 contributors including Liverpool based jewellery entrepreneur Julia Emologu, millionaire plumber Charlie Mullins OBE, MOBO award-winning rapper and indie label owner Sway, Boris Johnson’s Ambassador for Training and Enterprise Tim Campbell MBE and Kentish nail salon owner Michelle Dorrell, who famously silenced Minister Amber Rudd on BBC Question Time with her impassioned plea about cuts to working tax credits.

Other star business owners featuring at #MicroBizMattersDay 2 included the ‘go digital’ entrepreneur Penny Power OBE, Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones MBE, 24 years old, now a large company entrepreneur and paramedics to ambulances supplier, Chris Percival. A particular highlight was the interview with Andrew Ramroop OBE, Master Tailor and owner of Savile Row Bespoke Tailor to the stars, including Charlie Mullins and Tim Campbell, Maurice Sedwell. The event attracted support from some of the biggest names in modern business, including ScanSnap -Fujitsu, Sage and Microsoft

Not even the organisers themselves predicted the global impact the latest January event would have. More of a boom than a buzz, #MicroBizMattersDay trended for five consecutive hours on Twitter, with users from all corners of the world tuning in to the fully loaded eight-hour live streaming session.

Business is booming for the smallest enterprises in Britain, with an estimated 5.2 million micro business owners currently contributing to the UK economy. In an inspirational show of solidarity, #MicroBizMattersDay estimates that around one million backed the #IGave8 minutes call for action on January 8. From customer conversions and improving cash flow to boosting confidence and tapping into market trends, the nationwide involvement was a serious display of micro biz camaraderie.

“We call it ‘The Power of Plenty,’” said Boden. “This Power of Plenty makes business life better for us all. Just us all buying from each other helps greatly.”

Tony Robinson OBE, co-founder of #MicroBizMattersDay added “I agree and it works because it’s authentic. We can't wait for the worldwide impact of the next events on January 13 2017. We’re all business owners helping other to survive and thrive. As Tim Campbell said “It’s not just the gazelles of the business world that are important” – it is all business owners who drive the economy, provide most of the new jobs, nearly all the innovation and support their local community. All the help on the day works because it’s from real business owners. As Charlie Mullins says ‘It may sound just like business common sense but that ain’t that common.”

In 2017, #MicroBizMattersDay will once again kick off the New Year with a call to millions to #IGave13 minutes . The galvanising broadcast sessions will shine the spotlight on recognition, action and learning. The day will continue to be the flagship event in the calendar for the independent, informal, free, no sign up, community interest company, Enterprise Rockers. The movement was launched in January 2012 and through a network of networks makes life better for micro – 0-9 employees – business owners everywhere.

To find out more about #MicroBizMattersDay 1.2 and 3, play your part in the micro business revolution and get up-to-the-minute information go to: http://microbizmattersday.rocks/

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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.