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Can your business say #IGave13minutes for #MicroBizMattersDay? - 11/01/17
Hull City Council, Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership and KCOM are taking part in the third annual #MicroBizMattersDay on Friday 13 January to celebrate the contribution made by micro businesses to the UK economy.

#MicroBizMattersDay takes place everywhere in the world and in any format people choose. Friday 13 January is about seeing at least 13 minutes of action, online or offline, on the ground, in the air or on the sea, showing that there are no rules and borders in enterprise.

As part of the day, micro businesses across the UK are being encouraged to give 13 minutes of their time to support other micro businesses. In Hull, the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank (JCYEB), in partnership with KCOM, has agreed to host an event in Hull.

During the day a film will be used as part of the Enterprising Young People hour where the city's young entrepreneurs will be giving one-minute tips to aspiring young people about youth entrepreneurship and the Big 13 Enterprise Skills.

Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Energy City, said: ""I am pleased that as we start Hull's year as UK City of Culture 2017 we take this opportunity to highlight what we do to support micro businesses and young people in particular.

""The Council is committed to assisting micro-businesses and I am pleased to support #MicroBizMattersDay and kick off the New Year with a call to Hull's business community to #IGave13minutes. It is great that so many young people supported by our Making Changes for Careers programme, who are just starting their enterprising journey, will be taking part as well as KCOM.

""It's heartening that Hull's young entrepreneurs are supporting Micro Biz Day 2017 and playing an active part in the Enterprising Young People Hour by giving up their time to support other young entrepreneurs across the UK. We will also have three enterprising pupils from St Mary's College taking part, Millie Notarantonio, Mary Close and Emily Oakshott.""

Tina Boden Founder of Enterprise Rockers and Micro Biz Day, said: ""We are delighted that Hull, through its work in supporting micro businesses and particularly young entrepreneurs, will be joining us on 13 January as part of Micro Biz Matters day. This is the day hundreds of thousands of micro-business owners, we really hope it will be one million, will give 13 minutes or more of their time to help other micro business owners somewhere in the world.

""The three main areas of focus for #IGave13minutes of action to help other micro-business owners are Customers, Cash flow and Confidence.

""Hull's involvement in this annual day of recognition, action and learning further illustrates its commitment to youth entrepreneurship and micro businesses across the city.""

Ross Bennett, Chair Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, said: ""Young people who set up a business are just like any other person, however, often they are not taken seriously by larger organisations and businesses, and like all micro-businesses they are playing a vital role in reviving the economy.

""Britain's micro-businesses and younger entrepreneurs are almost twice as optimistic about the future growth of their business compared to older peers.

""It's not always about high growth and expansion for young people, it's about enjoying what they are doing. Many want to give back to their community, not because it's the trendy thing to do but because it's the right thing to do and for that reason I am pleased that so many young people are making a contribution to #MicroBizMattersDay.""

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