The 7th Annual #MicroBizMatters Day – One Million Helping Hands on January 8 2021 was held in Tony and Tina Boden’s hometown of Scarborough. It was our most successful yet and was brilliantly hosted, designed and produced by Yorkshire in Business team and sponsored by Sage.
The 8th #MicroBizMatters Day on March 25th 2022, will also be held in Scarborough hosted by Yorkshire in Business which will also host the afternoon before the ‘Ireland and UK Micro Business Awards’ Grand Finals.
Watch this #MicroBizMatters Day video about Enterprising Scarborough – The Queen of Seaside Resorts
What is #MicroBizMatters Day?
#MicroBizMatters Day is an annual 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 turnovers).
The 8th Annual #MicroBizMatters Day – One Million Helping Hands – will be hosted in Scarborough by Yorkshire in Business on Friday, March 25th 2022. On the afternoon of March 24th, Ireland and UK Micro Business Awards will take place as part of an Inspirational Lunch. Just one of many events at the 2 Days #MicroBizMatters Festival featuring 35 top entrepreneur speakers from the UK and Ireland.
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 live-streamed 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 live streaming 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 -Yorkshire in Business – Scarborough
2022 – Friday, March 25th designed, hosted and produced by Yorkshire in Business – Scarborough – with Ireland and UK Micro Business Awards on the evening of March 24th.
Starring Our Celebrity Entrepreneur & Business Owner Guests – Virtually and In Person.
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.
YOU CAN WATCH ALL THE INTERVIEWS AND LEARNING SESSIONS IN RECENT YEARS ON OUR MICROBIZMATTERS FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE PAGES. The most popular learning session at our 7th Annual #MicroBizMatters Day, January 2021 was the #ExcludedUK Hour. >>>>>>>>
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, particularly, 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. Our 7th Annual #MicroBizMatters Day was sponsored by Yorkshire in Business partner, SAGE UK.
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).