What is #MicroBizMatters Day?
#MicroBizMatters Day is an annual (2nd Friday of each New Year) Day of Recognition, Action and Learning for micro business owners. 95% of all businesses in the UK are micro businesses (0-9 employees and under £2 million turnover).
It is a social media day when over one million business owners give a little time to support each other. Recognition is by use of the #MicroBizMatters hashtag. Action is support for the major campaigns to make life better for independent business owners of which #PayIn30Days which I started in 1996, is the best known, Learning is from an event livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube featuring famous and successful business owners giving tips for success in different sectors.
How do I get involved?
Search for #MicroBizMatters on Twitter and Facebook and you’ll soon get the hang of what people are doing on the day. All of them, always over one million, are giving a little time to help other business owners. There are many offline events organised too – business owners getting together for a coffee and to watch the livestreaming on their laptops or phones.
In January, 2012, Tina Boden and I co-founded and launched an informal online community to make life better for micro business owners everywhere. We initially called our informal, free, no contact details required, movement the Enterprise Rockers. The informal community, a network of networks, and movement is based on 4 campaigns which are: #NotAnSME, #PayIn30Days, #Indie25ER and #MicroBizMatters.
In January 2015 we held the first annual #MicroBizMatters Day and subsequently retitled our movement #MicroBizMatters. The host events for famous and successful business owners to attend and broadcast on YouTube and Facebook have been as follows:
2015 Google for Work/Sage – London
2016 Portobello Business Centre – London
2017 Pimlico Plumbers – London
2018 XYZ Works – Manchester
2019 Hull City Hall – Hull
2020 EKM – Preston
2021 – Hull and the yorkshire Coast
Celebrity Entrepreneur Guests
The Small is Beautiful Roll of Honour lists all of these kind entrepreneurs that have freely given their time to #MicroBizMatters Day. You can read profiles of most of them in the PDFs of the souvenir programmes for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
and from the early years on these three playlists:
2016 : Star Interviews 2016
2017: Star interviews 2017
2018: Star interviews 2018
Special thanks are due to the multiple contributions of Kanya King CBE (our inspiration), Charlie Mullins OBE (our Tsar), Tim Campbell MBE, Chris Percival, Kate Hardcastle MBE, Penny Power OBE, Sway, Naomi Timperley, Tom Evans, Janice B Gordon, Laura Henry and Elaine Clark. Thanks also to business membership organisation CEOs, paricularly, Ian Cass Forum of Private Business, Emma Jones MBE of Enterprise Nation and Janet Jack, CEO of IAB.
Networks and Small Business Membership Organisations
Hundreds of local, regional and national networks of business owners get involved but a special thanks are doe to the following national membership organisations:
Forum of Private Business; Enterprise Nation; Federation of Small Business; Design Trust, Centre for Entrepreneurs; RSA and Freelance Heroes.
#MicroBizMatters Day would not exist without all the business owners and enterprise supporters giving their time and resources to run the Day.
I cannot list them all but special thanks to:
Antony and Alison Chesworth, Jenn Crowther, Tripp Braden (USA), Paul Lancaster, Gaynor Carr (design), Ed Goodman, Charles Cracknell; Elaine Clark; Marianne Whitfield; Michelle Dorrell; Adrian Ashton; Jo Harrison; Neal Boden; Sinead Robinson, Clare Francis; Sadie Skipworth and Martin Mullen. Thanks also to many companies that have donated time and money to the Day including EKM, Yorkshire in Business, Hull City Council, 123 Reg, Pimlico Plumbers, Jigsaw Medical; Microsoft, Google for Work; Sage, KCOM and ScanSnap (Fujitsu).