Millions around the World Take Part In #MicroBizMattersDay Friday 13 January 2017 PDF Print millions of microbusiness owners around the world are able to kick off 2017 by helping each other grow This year’s #MicroBizMattersDay on Friday 13 January brought millions of small and micro business owners together to share ideas and learn from champions of business. The global, social media event was hosted from Pimlico Plumbers head office in London. The social media extravaganza began at 7:00 AM with event organisers Tony Robinson OBE and Tina Boden presenting the ‘Let’s Rock Hour’. They were joined online by author and mindfulness expert Tom Evans to get everyone into the zone. Through the hashtag #MicroBizMattersDay microbusiness owners could connect across the globe and share their activities. At 3:00 PM #MicroBizMattersDay was the second highest trending hashtag on Twitter, only being beaten by #Friday13th. Ahead of the event, business owners helped others through the #IGave13 initiative which allowed experts to share 13 tips or 13 minutes to help microbusiness owners succeed. As well as the main event in London, live YouTube discussions took place with entrepreneurs who were hosting parties in Hull, City of Culture 2017. Pimlico Plumbers Managing Director Charlie Mullins OBE, founder and CEO of the MOBOs Kanya King MBE and Tina Boden took part in a special panel discussion to give advice to people looking to start their own business, to increase their employee numbers and how to stand out on social media. Charlie Mullins OBE received the inaugural #MicroBizMattersDay Global Micro Enterprise Ambassador Award which recognised his hard work in supporting microbusinesses and the #MicroBizMattersDay initiative at an event at the ScanSnap headquarters in Baker Street, London. Event supporter Sage presented an award to the winner of their Business Idea competition. Tony Robinson OBE said, “The most important part of #MicroBizMattersDay is that millions of microbusiness owners around the world are able to kick off 2017 by helping each other grow. It’s through connecting with each other we can create more jobs and encourage others to start a microbusiness. “It is a great honour that we have had so many large corporations, media partners and business membership bodies promoting and broadcasting the #IGave13 message to their business owner customers, suppliers and members. We cannot thank them enough.” LINKS: Pimlico Plumbers: http://www.pimlicoplumbers.com/ Charlie Mullins: http://www.pimlicoplumbers.com/about-us/charlie-mullins MicroBizMattersDay Website: http://microbizmattersday.rocks/ MicroBizMattersDay Twitter: @MicroBizMatters #MicroBizMattersDay #IGave13 MicroBizMattersDay Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/microbizmattersday/?fref=ts Tony Robinson OBE LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonyrobinsonobe Tina Boden LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tina-boden-0133b017 Ends Supporters of #MicroBizMattersDay Today’s London event was hosted at the offices of Pimlico Plumbers, who generously opened their doors to over 100 guests. ScanSnap (PFU (EMEA) Limited - a Fujitsu Company) are Premier Partners for the event with support from the UK’s leading domain name, website host and provider, 123Reg and the market leader for integrated accounting, Sage. Fujitsu kindly hosted the press conference at their London office on Thursday. Fujitsu brand scanners are designed, manufactured and marketed worldwide by PFU Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (Japan). PFU is a globally active IT provider that designs, manufactures and markets computer hardware, peripheral products and enterprise software. PFU offers a broad portfolio of document scanners for professional, personal, desktop, workgroup, high-volume production and networked environments and is one of the world’s leading document scanner companies. Media information provided by Famous Publicity. For further media information please contact Adam Betteridge at +44 (0) 33 33 44 23 41 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Tony Robinson at email@example.com or Tina Fotherby at +44 (0) 33 33 44 23 41 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Charlie Mullins OBE please contact Karl Plunkett at email@example.com. About Tony Robinson OBE Tony Robinson OBE is an author, speaker, business owner of thirty years and the co-founder of Enterprise Rockers CIC and #MicroBizMattersDay. In 1995 Tony founded, and remains a co-owner of, the SFEDI Group including the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs. SFEDI is the Government recognised, national and international sector skills body for enterprise. SFEDI specialises in skills development, qualifications and learning for small, medium and micro businesses and those who support them. In 2001 Tony was awarded an OBE for his services to small firms and training. Tony has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise from the IAB in 2012. His latest of seven books, is an Amazon 5 star rated book entitled ‘Freedom from Bosses Forever’. About Tina Boden North Yorkshire-based Tina Boden is one of the UK’s leading voices for micro business. By the age of 21 Tina was running her own business in partnership with her mother and has been running micro businesses ever since. Through her rebranded business, The Tiny Troubleshooter, Tina shares over 25 years of her experience and helps others who are running micro businesses, charities or social enterprises keep their organisation on the right track. Tina ensures business owners develop and flourish through strategic implementation. In 2012 Tony and Tina created a free, non-membership ‘network of networks’ in order to bring together micro enterprises and business owners to share their knowledge to other micro business owners. Enterprise Rockers and @MicroBizMatters operates globally. 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