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Tony Robinson OBE, the Micro Business Champion and co-founder of the annual #MicroBizMatters Day announces the next two dates and venues for his one hour show. He has campaigned for over 20 years that Government should not contract with, licence or fund any organisation which does not #PayIn30Days all its bills. In the summer of 2017, Robinson started touring the UK to champion #PayIn30Days and other 'survive and thrive' actions for micro business owners and those who support them.

Robinson says "Carillion is the latest example of hundreds of large organisations which Government contract with that make money out of giving their suppliers 45, 60, 75, 90 and 120 days 'take it or leave it' payment terms. Carillion's terms were 120 days. Down the line these unfair terms and late payment practices, which micro business owners cannot afford to complain about, kill enterprise.

Tens of billions of pounds could be circulating over 40 days faster amongst the 5.5 million microenterprises in the UK if the Government took the lead on this by procurement criteria on all organisations it contracts, licences or funds in the private, public or third sector. More importantly, good and fair cash flow would help avoid the crippling debt most micro business owners incur through loans, factoring, invoice discounting and credit cards in order to get by whilst they await payment for goods and services they've delivered."

Robinson added "The Labour Party did include #PayIn30Days in its last General Election manifesto and there are many local, regional and national business memberships organisations getting their members to sign up for #PayIn30Days. Our annual #MicroBizMatters Day is supported by every national small business membership body in the UK. These are all steps forward but you can imagine that after 20 years of campaigning on this I'm getting impatient and angrier. I've seen scores of 'lip service' Government enquiries, reviews, complaints legislation, prompt payment codes, commissioners, tsars and champions which all maintain the status quo by relying on the fact that business owners cannot afford to complain about their biggest customers. Microbusiness owners are already being ripped off on utility charges, telecom, broadband, rail fares, payroll costs, legislation compliance and business rates and, so, #PayIn30Days is a must.

As they can't complain, those that can have to shout louder and enable an army of our informal, free, no contact details required #MicroBizMatters movement to broadcast the #PayIn30Days campaign as widely as possible. That's why I'm on a never-ending UK tour of business conferences and exhibitions because our social media reach is powerful but so is word of mouth."

The 'Let's Get Enterprising - Micro Myths and Magic Show' next two dates, for prospective and existing business owners and all who support them, are at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, North Devon on Friday, April 20th and Tuesday, May 15th at Newcastle Start Up Week.

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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.