Hi, I'm Tony
I co-own three businesses and two social enterprises. My life’s work is as the ‘MicroBizMatters Champion’.
I'm a professional speaker, facilitator, consultant and writer on enterprise.
I advise on and promote ways for organisations to engage with and benefit start ups and micro enterprises. I enable people, policies and programmes which help those starting and running their own business to survive and thrive.
I'm the co-founder of the Enterprise Rockers global community.
Micro enterprise (0-9 employees) owners are essential customers and suppliers to larger organisations. They are major contributors to every nation’s employment, innovation, communities and economic growth.
In the UK alone there are over 4.5 million, representing 96% of all businesses. One in seven of the UK workforce run their own micro enterprise and the number of micro enterprises and their contribution to employment and the economy continues to increase. With the right help in the first 18 months for every 100 start-ups, 85 will survive beyond 3 years and 6 will become substantial, employing businesses.
I co-founded the global, free-to-join Enterprise Rockers movement, with the fabulous Tina Boden, in order to create ‘The Power of Plenty’ A massive, self- help community of micro enterprise owners making life better and fairer for all, everywhere. Tina is pictured above with me on launch date – January 2012.
The other picture, above, with my daughter is at the Bronte Parsonage museum in Haworth, my favourite house. The Bronte sisters realised the only way they could escape horrible jobs and control their own destiny was through enterprise.
|Tim and Tony|
Tim was the first The Apprentice winner and he's always supported events I've been running over the years and I support the Bright Ideas Trust which he founded.
We were photographed not too long ago in London at the launch of a fab new book called 'Enterprising Child' by Lorraine Allman and Mary Cummings - Lorraine is an Enterprise Rockers Band Leader.
I was MC for the launch & Tim was guest speaker
Freedom From Bosses Forever
(updated e-book version of 'Stripping for Freedom' 2nd Edition)
My best selling book is 'Freedom from Bosses Forever' which is an updated, exclusively e-book version of 'Stripping for Freedom' 2nd edition.
It prepares everyone in corporate land for the realities of being their own boss. It has been described as the 'funniest' business book (Dave Sumner-Smith, former programme director Home Business Network & The Telegraph Business Network) with the most 'hard hitting business truths' (Stefan Topfer, global entrepreneur and CEO of WinWeb).
You can find more about this book and e-book, read reviews and sample extracts on Amazon. There are blogs by Leonora Soculitherz on The Small Business Blog, Fashion Faux Pas on Pinterest and humorous videos on YouTube.
|My Business Partners|
I’d like to introduce you to another two of my co-owner/ business partners: Clare and Nigel. They help me to earn a living by consulting and advising large organisations about micro enterprise and by speaking, writing and training on what micro enterprise owners need to survive and thrive.
It is thanks to Clare, Nigel, Tina and my family, particularly Eileen, my wife, sons Carl and Alan and daughter Sinead that we have survived in business this long. They have allowed me to take all the credit with the numerous awards I’ve been fortunate and honoured to receive.
These include an OBE for services to small firms and training, presented by Prince Charles in 2001 at Buckingham Palace and the IAB Lifetime Contribution to Enterprise Award presented at the House of Commons in 2012.
Clare and Nigel are pictured at Kensington Roof Gardens receiving Special Achievement Awards for their support to the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative Advisory Board. Actually, Clare who is my best friend, co-founded SFEDI with me and acted as Company Secretary for most of its existence. Nigel was originally SFEDI's Research Director before starting his own micro enterprise many years ago.
We're proud that our business, The Business Advisory Bureau Limited (often trading as Entrepreneurs UK and Tony Robinson OBE) has survived well into its third decade.
We joke that the secret of our business longevity is that our offices are 200 miles apart. We also have other micro-business interests as well – Clare runs her family business in commercial property. We are proof that the essential own biz skills and know-how can be learned and are nothing like the skills we used in our corporate management careers. We were rubbish at enterprise for our first two years.
Our six, some award winning, books on enterprise have been a joint effort. All we know and have written is also available through our 3 day, residential, ‘Going It Alone’ decision breaks for executives and professionals (usually 40+). This is run by Tina, Nigel and I with other expert input. It is for you if facing redundancy or early retirement, just considering or just started being your own boss.
Nigel Hudson and I have worked together for over ten years and I first met him at a national small business skills and support body, which Clare and I founded, called SFEDI.
We founded SFEDI with all the major national small business membership and business support organisations to improve the quality of learning and support to start ups and small business owners in the UK. SFEDI is approaching the end of its second decade and although I resigned as a Director in January 2012 I still own a third of the SFEDI Group.
Nigel is a co-Director, of the Business Advisory Bureau Limited and he also co-owns the premier public sector, research and education consultancy – Stratagia Limited. He is one of the UK’s top professionals in small business skills research and shares our passion for practical help to micro enterprise owners which extends to Nigel running his own Enterprise club for new starts.
Please book me to speak at your events and you can contract with me
to write or advise on micro enterprise support, training, products,
services and policies. Do read my views on micro enterprise
essentials on the No 1 Google ranked 'The Small Business Blog'
and read my views on Enterprise Support Policy and Practice at Business
My office is just next to the station in Scarborough but I’m usually in London
one or two days each week. If you’d like to meet me then we can meet in the Institute of Directors in London or Leeds or the Royal York Hotel in York.
If you're a micro business owner or in an organisation which wants to show support for micro enterprise then get involved with the Enterprise Rockers movement NOW by going to http://EnterpriseRockers.co.uk