News that the NHS needs £50 billion more by 2030* has prompted Tony Robinson OBE, the Micro Business Champion, to call for a selective Corporation Tax hike to fund the gap.

Robinson's solution is for one thousand, or so, of the UK's 5.7 million businesses to have their Corporation tax rate hiked from 19% to the 30%** rate. These larger companies, over 250 employees or £2 million turnovers, would be the ones Government contracts with, funds or licences that have, what Robinson calls ' unethical practices' with their suppliers and/or employees.

Robinson said "There are a small number of very large corporations that make a great deal of their money because of government contracts, funding or licences such as in arms, drugs, banking, financial services, utilities, telecommunications, public transport, tobacco, construction, supermarkets, education, and, particularly, outsourcing. Many of these companies exploit their suppliers by offering 'take it or leave it' payment terms of 45, 60, 75, 90 and 120 days. Carillion was 120 days. This kills enterprise and leads to debt, poverty and ill health.

The same large companies often exploit their lowest-paid workers by not paying the living wage and using zero hours contracts, unpaid interns, part-timers and 'freelancers'. This leads to their workers' reliance on the state, debt, poverty, food banks, homelessness and ill health.

I've been campaigning for over 20 years that Government should not contract, licence or fund any organisation which does not #PayIn30Days all its bills and the living wage to all its employees. Government's refusal to impose basic ethical practice on these exploitative corporations has led to millions of people in debt, poverty and reliant on the NHS. It's only right that they should pay more in Corporation tax to help fund the NHS. It also won't stop me campaigning for #PayIn30Days from all those that Government does contract with, licence, fund or bale out. It's a disgrace and every true entrepreneur in the UK who once was a startup and a vulnerable micro business owner backs me on this".


* BBC News 26/04/2018
** 30% rate is currently for oil exploration companies

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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.