The new #MicroBizMattersDay organised by Enterprise Rockers is taking place on 9th January 2015 – the purpose is to highlight the social and economic contribution of independent business and the self-employed. The UK currently has the highest rate of self-employment for 40 years, rising at a faster rate for women according to the ONS 2014 statistics.
All the organisers of #MicroBizMattersDay ask is that you spend 9 minutes doing something to help a micro enterprise (defined as less than 9 employees, so that makes us one too!)
Blog of advice? Video of support? Buy a gift for a friend? Organise a meet-up in a local independent café? The message from the founders at Enterprise Rockers is “Do anything you like in your 9 minutes” – however do something!
You won’t have to look too far – according to research, MicroBusiness now accounts for 95% of enterprises in the UK.
This was much in evidence when we lived in the market town of Leighton Buzzard. The town had a great number of independents on the High Street, supported by a dedicated community in the town working to keep things that way through Network Leighton Buzzard, created by Dale Rockell, a local photographer and continued by Emma Lenander of Bluebell Childcare and Adam and Jenny of Mud Creative
In my work supporting businesses and those who create and work in them, I love the energy of a MicroBusiness. In nearly all cases working in this sphere, I see a real passion for the product or service, and more than that, a clear connection to what difference will be made in people’s lives and to the community.
My theory is this – it is due to the owner/manager being directly connected to both the value created and the real, living, breathing customers served by their particular MicroBusiness.
And what I love about buying from micro enterprises (beyond the personal interaction, the service and the quality!) is the knowledge the money spent is going to make a real difference to the MicroBusiness, the employees, their families and suppliers.
There has been a huge shift of company ownership in the last half century towards institutional ownership and away from private ownership by individuals. Maybe by supporting MicroBusiness, and new innovative ways of working, interacting with real individuals empowered to act in a human way, not driven by policy, we can begin to address some of the inequalities that some feel “Big Business” has played a part in and move towards a better society, with real community and connection.
Access the #MicroBizMattersDay media kit here http://microbizmattersday.rocks/media-kit/