The press conference for #MicroBizMattersDay will take place at lunchtime on 12th January 2017 in Baker Street, London which is the day before the main event broadcast from Pimlico Plumbers in London. At the press conference 3 awards will be presented, including the favourite fictional micro (0-9 employees) business owner. From a long list of 32 business owners are voting on a shortlist of 3 - Mma Ramotswe, Del Boy and Bob the Builder.

#MicroBizMattersDay, the global day of Recognition, Action (#IGave13 minutes) and Learning (8 hours) engages with millions of micro business owners all donating time to help each other and ensure a rocking start to a successful New Year. This year's trended on twitter for 5 hours and the 3rd #MicroBizMattersDay on Friday, January 13th 2017 will reach an even bigger audience. Micro (0-9 employees) business owners participate in many ways including in their workplaces, bars, cafes, social media and viewing the Google Hangouts and live streaming from London.

Created and hosted by Enterprise Rockers’ Co-Founders, Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE, #MicroBizMattersDay will be as crazy and inspiring as ever with some new amazing features such as the City Parties, including Hull, City of Culture 2017 and many Cities overseas (thanks to International Development Premier Partner ScanSnap - a Fujitsu company) , 8 Global Learning Hours and a 2 hour Main Event (thanks to Main Event Premier Partner - Pimlico Plumbers) live streamed from London (thanks to Start Your Business Magazine TV and Plan Digital). Tina and Tony are delighted to have the support for the third year running of Sage UK and for the first time, 123Reg who are supercharging their website hosting and design.

This amazing, totally indie, #NoHatNoEntry day is made possible by Tina and Tony's #RockingSupporters, #RockingStarGuests and #RockingHeadRoadies giving their time voluntarily and promoting the day to their #MicroBizOwner customers, suppliers and members.

Regular famous friends, of the sixty participating, (all giving their time free) include Tim Campbell MBE, Penny Power OBE, MOBO Award winning rapper and indie label owner Sway, Charlie Mullins OBE and superstar 24 year old top 100 UK entrepreneur and para-medic, Chris Percival. There are many others including some great, inspiring and famous surprise guests that are expected so check out to catch up with the latest news. .

Why not get together with some business owner friends and get involved? There are many ways to #IGave13 minutes to help each other with #Customers and #Cashflow including blogging, sharing a video (many business owners and VIPs made a special video in 2015 and 2016), tweeting and using other social media channels but the most popular is for a group to get together to talk online or offline - about getting #customers and managing #cashflow whilst also watching online the 8 live learning hours including the 2 hours main event.

For larger companies that want to run a competition or reward a favourite micro business owner customer or supplier there are a small number of VIP Passes (4 tickets for £495 plus event and online promotion) available to attend the Main Event at Pimlico Plumbers, London - full details are here

The schedule for the day, lots of videos and blogs from the last two #MicroBizMattersDays, details of all the participants and many practical ways of how you can get involved in #IGave13 minutes on #MicroBizMattersDay, Friday, January 13th 2017 are here:

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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.