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One Million Pairs of Hands - Friday 8 January 2021


One million freelancers, self-employed, and micro business owners will kick start the new business year, this Friday, by helping each other and gaining donations for those in desperate need of mental health support, food, and heating among the 3 million ExcludedUK.


Tony Robinson OBE, Co-Founder with Tina Boden, of the annual #MicroBizMatters Day said "This is our 7th annual edition and it has never been more needed. It is a fun, energising day with ten hours of digitally streamed content and survive-and-thrive tips from nearly one hundred well known business owners.  But above all it is about helping each other to survive... and thrive.  Many of our friends and colleagues, particularly in the hospitality, entertainment, retail and tourism sectors are right on the edge".   

There are 5.6 million micro business owners in the UK with 0-9 employees and they are 95% of all UK businesses contributing one third of UK employment and one fifth of UK turnover.

The #MicroBizMatters movement and day is backed by many famous names including Charlie Mullins OBE of Pimlico Plumbers who will welcome the virtual audience on Friday at 7am and Kanya King CBE, Founder of the MOBO Awards. 

Whilst the ExcludedUK hour will be the centre of attention at 1pm there are many other highlights including the Small Business Commissioner, Philip King and the CEO of the Forum of Private Business, Ian Cass, giving positive cash flow tips There is advice on using video to sell when showrooms are closed, from the Customer Service King - Umesh Samani, of Specialist Cars. The multi award winning Las Vegas female magician, Romany, explains how global entertainers get to the top and how they must reinvent themselves for the new normal.   

The digital broadcasting and social media event is hosted by Yorkshire in Business and sponsored by Sage UK. Yorkshire in Business is the leading Enterprise Agency in Yorkshire with 5 buildings of workspace for business owners and free support to all start-ups in the region. 

Click HERE for event details.


Tony Robinson OBE, The Micro Business Champion and author of The Happipreneur can be contacted by email: tonyrobinsonobe@gmail.com and phone 07715 749079. His website is https://TonyRobinsonOBE.com and the #MicroBizMatters Day website is http://microbizmatters.co.uk   



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Notes to editors:

  1. ExcludedUK is a grassroots volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation established in response to the financial challenges faced by individuals and businesses entirely or largely excluded from government Covid-19 financial support.


  1. ExcludedUK's estimate of 3 million excluded from meaningful government Covid-19 financial support, has also been backed up by Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert) and Standard Life Foundation which referred to 3 million households as being ‘unprotected’. The National Audit Office report of 23 October stated that 2.9 million were ineligible for the government Covid-19 financial support schemes.


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Tony Robinson

Written by Tony Robinson