Live: Campaigners highlight importance of microbusiness with #MicroBizMattersDay broadcast

Rachael Power
Small Business Editor
Sift Media
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Can you spare eight minutes today to help another business? That's what the Enterprise Rockers movement is asking microbusinesses, as it kicks off its fourth ever #MicroBizMatters day.

Over a million microbusinesses are expected to take part in the online event, which includes a day-long schedule of live-streamed content from UK entrepreneurs. The day is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Tony Robinson OBE and Tina Boden.

You can watch the stream on BusinessZone below.

The talks throughout the day include sessions from Penny Power OBE, Charlie Mullins OBE, Emma Jones MBE, Tina Fotherby, Lorraine Allman and MOBO award winning rapper Sway.

The reason behind the day is, according to Robinson, because one of the two @EnterpriseRocks &#MicroBizMattersDay co-founders and co-funders is very old and wants to see life made better for micro business owners.

"It is a day where everyone is uniting, including nearly all the small business membership organisations, to provide recognition, action and learning," he added. 

Enterprise Rockers says that while most countries are seeing record numbers of self-employed and micro enterprise owners (in the UK, for example 95% of all businesses are micro enterprise – 5 million) it is getting tougher to earn a reasonable living.

As such, it's asking all microbusiness owners to participate in #IGave8, which is giving someone that is self-employed or an independent business owner, at least eight minutes of help and has outlined ideas as to how to do so via its blog.

Its also live streaming eight one hour learning sessions on various topics related to starting, running and improving your microbusiness, on customers, cashflow and confidence. They'll be hosted by JournoLink, UK Start Up, Tech North and volunteers and microbusiness owners. 

You can also participate on Twitter via the #MicroBizMattersDay hashtag. 


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