Microbusiness Unite. (1)

Did you know the North East has the lowest number of businesses in the UK, BUT 27% of those are Microbusinesses, that's the highest proportion in the UK. This should be celebrated…

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Thursday 15th June 2023, 09:30-20:00 at The Customs House, South Shields.

We're celebrating the importance of microbusiness!!

Come and join us for this amazing day, full of inspirational speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions, workshops, local exhibition stands, interviews, awards, an after party and more!

We have some fantastic speakers lined up so far, check them out!

Not only is this a day packed full of motivational edutainment, there will be game changing networking opportunities with local like-minded businesses.

Day tickets include lunch, all refreshments and access to the full event (including awards and after party).

Exhibition Stands are also available, these will be situated in the Customs House gallery where networking and refreshments take place. There will be semi-circular tables (2.5ft radius) available should you need one to showcase your products.

This is an exclusive event with limited tickets, this venue will sell out so ensure you secure your ticket today!

Speakers

Alfie joey

Alfie Joey - Communication Coach

Artist, broadcaster, comedian, communication coach, Ted X speaker, impressionist, interviewer, charity auctioneer, motivator, children's author, MC... take your pick!

Alfie Joey has covered a lot of ground & cultivated many skills in his time on this spinning rock.

He is a one-man Swiss Army Knife, so whatever the event or occasion, there will always be a memorable role for Alfie to play.

Ian Farrar - Speaker, Entrepreneur & Podcast Host

Your host for the day, Ian Farrar | Community builder, the business glue!

"The most valuable form of currency in the world is social capital." IanF

Once again Ian will bring you together and encourage collaboration and new friendships.  Over decades of working globally Ian has built up an enviable black book and some of his favourite friends will be coming to see you!

You know what's coming; laughs, inspiration, motivation and your own black book filled!

ian farrar
Tony Robinson OBE

Tony Robinson OBE - Motivational Speaker & #PayIn30Days Campaigner

Tony co-wrote “The Happipreneur” and performs the “Be More Happipreneur” Show. He is a Co-Founder of The Micro Business Alliance, with organisations representing over 1.2 million micro business owners directly and 4 million indirectly. The Alliance works with the Government to improve policymaking to ensure all #startups and micro business owners have the best chance to survive and thrive.

The Be More Happipreneur Show makes every town and city a more enterprising and business-owner-friendly place. In addition to the Micro Business Alliance, Tony is Chair of Yorkshire in Business Limited, Patron of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank. Co-Founder of The Happipreneur Festival, Co-Founder of the #MicroBizMatters movement, #PayIn30Days campaigner and Director of the National Organisation for Responsible Businesses.

Ian Cass - The Micro Business Alliance

Ian is chair of The Micro Business Alliance.

The members of the Micro Business Alliance believe that by collaborating and helping each other, we can gain better recognition, better represent the views of and work on better policymaking for micro-businesses with the Government.

This collaboration benefits the Government, all startups, self-employed people and micro business owners in England.

Ian Cass
Simon Raybould

Simon Raybould - Presentation Genius

Simon is a speaker and author.  He started out as a trainer, specialising in presentation skills and over seven years or so collected a great number of tools, tips and techniques for dealing with the nerves of performing, particularly during presentations.

The title says it all - how to make presentations that work... everything else is details! 🙂

Simon has read nearly 400 research papers and watched countless videos etc to distill the best of what we know of the science of making presentations and how to make them more effectively.

... and it's a fun way to learn to have more impact! A lot of fun!

Ann English - Create Intrigue

Ann is an innovative Visual Communicator, Coach, TEDx Speaker and Author of The Clarity Quest.  She will guide you on a transformational journey to breathe life into your valuable ideas, and equip you with her hand-drawn VisualDoodle Roadmap and framework activities.

You can engage with the Quest through the IdeasBook guided journal, in-person experiential workshops, or group coaching programme. During the interactive 45-minute workshop you will experience the benefits of putting pen to paper to tap into your imagination and unlock your childlike curiosity by daydreaming and doodling. Discover how to showcase your superpower and take impactful action to realise your dreams.

Ann English
Polly Brennan

Polly Brennan - Mental Fitness

Polly Brennan, outdoors enthusiast, Occupational Therapist and Mental Fitness Coach is the founder of Adventurous Coaching and the creator of The Mental Fitness KitbagTM Model.

Drawing on years of expertise working in the NHS mental health sector, her coaching programmes empower people to strengthen their mental wellbeing and pack their mental fitness kitbag.

Through 1:1 coaching, Adventure Day Experiences, Mental Fitness Team Workshops, and her Adventure Map, online coaching programme, Polly empowers leaders, educators and coaches and people who would describe themselves as a work in progress, to move from perfection to healthy striving, to improve personal effectiveness and strengthen their mental fitness muscles.

Working with people from round the globe, Polly has helped thousands of people from all walks of life to be on their A game and pack their mental fitness kitbag for life’s big adventure.

Marc Gill - Director, Individuals & Small Business Compliance, HMRC

Marc joined HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in April 2018 as the Director for Debt Management. During a 19-year Civil Service career, Marc has held a range of operational and project delivery roles, across the Department for Work and Pensions and HMRC. Before joining HMRC, he was the operational lead for Arrears and Enforcement in the Child Maintenance Group and played a major role in the implementation of the Child Maintenance Reform Programme.

As Director of ISBC Marc is privileged to lead HMRC's biggest directorate and am accountable for the work that we all do to help individuals and small businesses get their tax right.

ISBC is the largest directorate in HMRC with over 9,000 colleagues. They carry out a wide variety of fascinating work from securing revenue to pay for our public services, protecting society from harm and delivering a wide range of specialist services.

Marc Gill

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Schedule

09:30 Networking, entertainment
10:00 Ian welcome & introduction
10:20 Alfie Joey - Communication Legend
11:00 Business Storytelling
11:15 Networking break
11:35 Simon Raybould - Dirty tricks & tips from 15 years on the road
12:10 Ian Cass - The Micro Business Alliance
12:40 Lunch break
13:30 Workshop A - The Clarity Quest with Ann English | Workshop B - Mental Fitness Coach Polly Brennan
14:15 Audience Discussion with Marc Gill, Director of Individuals & Small Business Compliance, HMRC
15:00 Networking Break
15:25 Business Storytelling
16:00 Tony Robinson OBE - Be More Happipreneur Show
16:45 Turnaround Break
18:00 After party and awards presentation

Award Categories

North East & South Tyneside Awards - ENTRIES NOW CLOSED

Third Sector Heroes

Sustainability/Environmental

Innovation

Culture Champion

New Biz on the Block

Creative Genius

Customer Service

Microbiz Apprentice

Would you like to present an award and link in with your company values?

Sponsoring an award includes 2 complimentary day tickets.

Sponsorship

Platinum

£2,000 + VAT

  • Logo on web page, event brochure, on screen graphics
  • Website backlink
  • Social Media Mentions
  • VIP Seating
  • 4 complimentary event tickets
  • Acknowledgements during event
  • Newsletter Mentions
  • Exhibition space
  • Video showcase (short interview of company)
  • Company description on web page
  • Business presentation - Pecha Kucha style
  • Award presentation
  • Optional podcast interview (separate date)

Gold

£1,500 + VAT

  • Logo on web page, event brochure, on screen graphics
  • Website backlink
  • Social Media Mentions
  • VIP Seating
  • 3 complimentary event tickets
  • Acknowledgements during event
  • Newsletter Mentions
  • Exhibition space
  • Video showcase (short interview of company)
  • Company description on web page
  • Business presentation - Pecha Kucha style
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Silver

£1,000 + VAT

  • Logo on web page, event brochure, on screen graphics
  • Website backlink
  • Social Media Mentions
  • VIP Seating
  • 2 complimentary event tickets
  • Acknowledgements during event
  • Newsletter Mentions
  • Exhibition space
  • Optional marketing review (website & social media)
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Bronze

£500 + VAT

  • Logo on web page, event brochure, on screen graphics
  • Website backlink
  • Social Media Mentions
  • VIP Seating
  • 2 complimentary event tickets
  • Acknowledgements during event
  • Newsletter Mentions
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We can't wait to see you there!