EKM’s Fulwood headquarters was buzzing with entrepreneurs from all backgrounds when we hosted the annual national #MicroBizMatters Day.
More than 200 guests networked, heard from inspirational speakers and met with EKM team members including managing director Antony Chesworth.
We spoke with businesses representing a wide range of industries, from food and crafts to motorbike sales, and they all came together to promote the message of buying from independent retailers whenever possible.
Campaign organisers Tiny and Tony Robinson opened the day with a short welcome, followed by expert speakers including Camilla Ainsworth, the youngest ever The Apprentice finalist and founder of dairy alternative brand M+LKPLUS, entrepreneur Paul White who spoke from personal experience about managing a sensible work-life balance, Richard Few and Jonathan Finch of Sales Geek who gave an insight into smart selling in 2020, and magazine publisher Richard Slater who spoke about marketing microbusinesses.
The event also featured a question-and-answer panel with business gurus including Kirsty Henshaw, the founder of Kirsty’s meals who earned investment from Dragons’ Den and Sunny Sandwell, who recently launched Fun At Work to encourage companies to create productive workspaces.
The UK is home to more than 5.6 million micro-businesses, and #MicroBizMatters was created to support and inspire them. As well as social media events and campaigns including ‘Pay in 30 Days’, organisers hold a live event in January of each year.
Previous days have been held in London, Hull and Manchester, and as a long-time supporter of the initiative, we were delighted to be chosen to host the 2020 celebration.
The event took place in our £3.5m offices, making use of our fully-equipped auditorium, and giving us a chance to show off our fully equipped kitchen, leisure areas and three-storey slide.
EKM holds a special affinity for microbusinesses. Our whole objective is to give entrepreneurs an affordable and straightforward route to selling online. We began as a microbusiness and count thousands of them among our customers.
Antony Chesworth, EKM founder, said: “Microbusinesses play a crucial role in the UK economy, 96% of businesses are microbusinesses, so it’s vital that we recognise, support and inspire them.
“Our company has been involved in previous MicroBizMatters events but this is the first time that we have been able to host the main annual event. It was fantastic to see our headquarters full of enthusiastic entrepreneurs and I’m proud that we were able to inspire so many people and to help give them the knowledge and tools that they need to succeed.”
To learn more about the campaign, follow the #MicroBizMatters hashtag on social media and you can also view Antony’s video diary from the day below.