Getting closer to the coalface

By Ian Cass | June 3, 2024 |

I’m a big fan of the undercover boss series, UK, US, Australia, I will watch them all, you see the boss getting into disguise and then entering their own business and meeting the employees at the sharp end of things. Usually these bosses are isolated from these employees by multiple layers of management and I…

ASK GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES, “DO YOU SUPPORT #PAYIN30DAYS OR LESS?”.

By Tony Robinson OBE | May 23, 2024 |

After 30 years of campaigning for #payin30days or less, today, there is a £30 billion cash flow logjam caused primarily by a few hundred of the largest companies in the UK because of their UNFAIR PAYMENT TERMS and PRACTICES. It means that all #startups, 5.2 million self-employed people, and micro business owners have to wait…

WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE 3 MILLION #EXCLUDEDUK

By Tony Robinson OBE | April 23, 2024 |

THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE GO YOU AND I. The lives and livelihoods of people starting a business, being self-employed or running their own limited companies are largely unimportant to both sides of the Houses of Parliament. So, we should not have been surprised at the merciless discrimination of over 3 million #ExcludedUK from income support…

Micro Business Alliance Survey

By Ian Cass | April 23, 2024 |

Dear alliance members, We are about to put our survey out to micro business alliance members to provide government with more detailed and useful information regarding the issues and opportunities for micro businesses. In the meantime we want to make sure our messaging and support reflects the micro business alliance point of view, so we…

Tony Robinson OBE Brings History’s Icons to Life in 20/20 Visionaries: Dead Celebrity Interviews

By Ian Cass | April 19, 2024 |

Tony Robinson’s feature in Start Your Business… Tony Robinson OBE, is an enterprise champion, entrepreneurship speaker, and author of fiction andnon-fiction books. He has spent nearly four decades as a business owner helping small businesses inthe UK to succeed, having previously held senior corporate positions. He has founded or co-foundedfour national business support organisations to…

Computer Power | Horizon Software Scandal

By Ian Farrar | January 17, 2024 |

Guest Blogger | Tony Dent, Statistician. The implications of the Horizon software scandal go far beyond the Post Office and a few thousand maltreated employees.   We have all been the victims of poorly designed and inadequately tested software, although the consequences have been less severe in the majority of cases.  They are, however, a few…

A Christmas story

By Ian Cass | November 28, 2023 |

As we approach the Christmas Holiday it is usually a time of year when pubs are gearing up for a bumper trading period and its one that certainly used to carry them through the very quiet January and February months. But that is no longer the case, the pandemic as we suspected was a tipping…

Hey Westminster – Don’t Blame the Victims

By Ian Farrar | October 18, 2023 |

It’s once again time to talk about the support needed in the micro and small business sector. Watch below the LIVE stream recorded with Ian Farrar (in his pub shed!) and Tony Robinson OBE. The lads chatted about the campaigning that they have undertaken this year with The Micro Business Alliance and what that means…

The political parties, get together.

By Ian Cass | October 17, 2023 |

Things have been busy for the micro business alliance in the last few months we are a new organisation, so a lot of time has been spent letting people know that we exist and more importantly what we exist for. We don’t want to get into the situation ever again when millions of small business…

Why England Needs a Start-Up Ecosystem & Policies?

By Tony Robinson OBE | August 10, 2023 |

In this blog, I will play the role of the Shadow Minister of the B….ing Obvious (BO), and you will play an Incredulous Mainstream Media Journalist (IJ) asking the questions: The interview begins… IJ: This year will see record startups in Britain – why do we need an ecosystem and policies? BO: Every year for…