On 13 January 2017, the third annual #MicroBizMattersDay will take place. But what is it? And why is it important?
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What is #MicroBizMattersDay?
MicroBizMattersDay is a day of campaigning on behalf of the smallest businesses in the country - the microbusinesses who are made up of zero to nine employees.
Microbusinesses account for an estimated 96 per cent of all UK business, but they’re often left underrepresented in government and without proper support.
The event, created by Enterprise Rockers’ co-founders Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE, blew up on social media last year, with their hashtag - #MicroBizMattersDay - trending on Twitter throughout the day.
This year, #MicroBizMattersDay is being held at Charlie Mullins’ Pimlico Plumbers - a place we recently visited to get some tips on starting a business.
Campaigning for microbusinesses
Microbusinesses are of undoubted importance to the UK economy. Along with making up 96 per cent of all business in Britain, they also account for an estimated 19 per cent of all turnover and 32 per cent of employment.
At Simply Business, we’ve campaigned strongly on behalf of microbusinesses in the past. Our Simply Britain pulse check looked into the needs and wishes of the UK’s microbusiness community, as we surveyed over 2,000 business owners.
Meanwhile, we’ve never been shy when it comes to shouting about the fact that we’re proud to be insuring the businesses Building Britain.
Wondering how you can help?
So, how can you get involved? Well, firstly you can pledge to help a microbusiness owner.
Using the hashtag #IGave13, you can engage with others who are helping local and independent businesses. But before #MicroBizMattersDay even kicks off, you could join thousands in pledging to buy all of your Christmas gifts from independent stores.
Looking for more information? You can find out more on the official #MicroBizMattersDay website.