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Tony Robinson OBE

“Russell Brand represents 95% of businesses better than business lobbyists"

12 December 2014 10:52

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Russell Brand represents 95% of businesses better than business lobbyists and the business media”.

Enterprise Rockers Co-Founders, Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE, believe global #MicroBizMattersDay on January 9th will show that ‘collective responsibility for change’, which Brand promotes, is a good way to make life better for most self-employed people.

The ‘Power of Plenty’, is how the Enterprise Rockers informal, free to join in, community terms it. Self-help by micro enterprise owners, 95% of all businesses, ensures they can ‘keep going’ and ‘make ends meet’ despite many Governments and most Big Business “stacking the odds against our survival”.

Robinson and Boden are aware that many people dislike Russell Brand and his opinions but they feel he tells the truth about how hard ‘the system’ makes it for ordinary, hard-working, people, including the self-employed, to earn a reasonable living.

Robinson says: “The recent VAT MOSS debacle; high costs of doing business because of energy, transport and telecoms; managing red tape; unfair payment terms and government financial support to bigger businesses, demonstrates how important levelling the business playing field is.

We have to help ourselves as we can’t influence change through the £2billion lobbying industry. We can help each other to win more customers, buy from each other, improve cash flow and advise each other on how to keep going. That’s what #MicroBizMatters Day, on January 9th, is all about? “

Boden says “Some Rockers have described it as the micro biz social media equivalent of Live Aid. By each micro business owner giving 9 minutes to help each other on January 9th we hope that the prospects of survival and growth for hundreds of thousands of us will be improved.

We are inspired by the generosity and creativity of micro (0-9 employees) enterprise owners as to what they will do in 9 minutes to make the biggest impact on the business lives of others”.

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About Tony Robinson OBE

Tony Robinson OBE, co-founded the independent, informal, free to join in, no contact details required, Enterprise Rockers movement in January 2012. The Enterprise Rockers CIC has one aim which is to make life better for micro (0-9 employees) enterprise owners around the world.

Co-founder and co-funder of the Enterprise Rockers, Tina Boden, and Tony spent a year testing the concept and recruiting well known entrepreneurs as Head Roadies and Band Leaders to launch the movement. The movement does no lobbying as it is about micro enterprise helping micro enterprise. The co-founders call this the #PowerOfPlenty.

Since launch they have attracted many Friends of the Enterprise Rockers. These are networks of micro enterprise owners within membership organisations and client/customer groups. Hundreds of thousands of self employed and business owners have been touched by the Enterprise Rockers work.

The success of many campaigns and their film 'What Makes Enterprise Rock?' inspired the co-founders to organise the first global, #MicroBizMattersDay on the third anniversary of the Enterprise Rockers CIC, January 9th 2015. Tony and Tina interviewed business owners and celebrity entrepreneurs and live streamed from Google for Work in London, supported by Sage UK. The second global #MicroBizMattersDay took place on January 8th 2016 with 8 hours live streaming from Portobello Business Centre. Business owners around the world give 8 minutes to help other business owners and the day was supported by all the major business membership organisations with headline support from ScanSnap (a Fujitsu company), Microsoft and Sage. The day trended on twitter for 5 hours and the target of over one million business owners being involved was exceeded.

The third #MicroBizMattersDay takes place on January 13th 2017 with the Main Event Partner being Pimlico Plumbers and International Development Partner being ScanSnap (a Fujitsu Company). New and additional for next year is a 2 hour main event and City Parties taking the live stream throughout the world. The day presents 8 learning hours and is truly a day of Recognition, Action (#IGave13) and Learning. The target audience next year is 10 million business owners.

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 and Tina are Small and Micro Business Ambassadors for a number of organisations, events and campaigns. Tina is a founder ambassador of Small Business Saturday.

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 also a NED of Yorkshire Coast Enterprise Agency.

He co-founded in 1986, and still runs, (Executive Chair) with Clare Francis (Company Secretary), the Business Advisory Bureau Limited.. The Business Advisory Bureau Limited specialises in assisting large organisations, private and public sector, to engage with and supply small and micro enterprise owners. The other Directors are Tina Boden (Managing) and Nigel Hudson (Research & Learning)

Tony has written seven books of which the best known is the fictional political and business satire with practical 'own business tips' - "Freedom from Bosses Forever". It is available as kindle book, paperback and audio book.

http://TonyRobinsonOBE.com

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