Let’s Rock the High Street! By @EnterpriseRocks for #IndieRetail

Making Life Better for Micro Biz Owners Everywhere

There’s a rocking good way for indie retailers to build positive buzz, have some fun and help other business owners in their local community and online. It’s free to join and it is called the Enterprise Rockers movement (http://EnterpriseRockers.co.uk)

I’ve had my own business for twenty five years and have an office above a high street. Day to day I see how much small and micro enterprise owners (0-9 employees) do to help each other to survive and thrive.

For example; promoting and referring each other; joint product promos; fab shop windows with complementary décor; attractive outside pavements and seating – appropriate as per the season, helping each other with technology; providing staff cover, sharing an online shop to make it a more powerful offer, bartering and swapping skills and know how; adding a gallery or a display and so much more.

Independent Businesses – We Are Simply The Best!

We must continue to help each other in all these ways, and more, but the Enterprise Rockers believe the very best thing we can do for each other is to buy from each other. My co-founder of the Enterprise Rockers, the fabulous Tina Boden, will onlybuy from independent retailers. (to read her story see On #retailindieday @TinaBoden shares her experiences of “Shop Indie vs. Shop Local” #indieretail)

Tina, like many thousands of Enterprise Rockers knows what it’s like to start and run their own shop. We don’t expect any favours from Government and BigCos which is good because we won’t get any. 95% of all government funding and support goes to the 5% of bigger companies. But we can make things better for ourselves.

81% of UK Consumers believe Independent Businesses provide the best service

A recent survey showed that eighty one per cent of UK consumers believe that small, independently owned businesses provide the best customer service and the same survey also said that customers are willing to pay more for this positive experience.

Nine out of ten businesses are micro but we make a big difference to the economy and community. We provide a third of all private sector jobs and a fifth of UK turnover. We provide the majority of all new jobs, innovation and community support.

Harnessing ‘The Power of Plenty’ – Making Small Enterprise Rock!

By buying from each other, promoting each other, supporting each other and speaking as one voice we give ourselves, what the Enterprise Rockers call, the ‘Power of Plenty’. By us being a self-sustainable community carrying the same messages in villages, towns and online we can harness this ‘Power of Plenty’ which will make life better and fairer for micro business owners everywhere.

The Enterprise Rockers will be the largest global community of micro enterprise owners which will mean more influence, more opportunities, more mutual support but, above all, more business for us all. We’re online and offline with  many ways to help and trade with each from a free online directory, a barter-place, useful blogs and  local gigs – get-togethers.

Please join our band, free, by going to http://EnterpriseRockers.co.uk  and sign and promote our government e-petition and #MicroBizMatters campaign by going to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/18396

This blog was written by Tony Robinson OBE, Proud Co-Founder of the Enterprise  Rockers movement http://TonyRobinsonOBE.com

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About Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey, The Retail Champion (formerly Clare Rayner), is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK. With unrivalled knowledge in retail, high streets and consumer matters, she offers unbiased, independent content – whether engaged as a professional speaker, for broadcast media, or for a written feature. Clare is a business woman, entrepreneur and founder of several small businesses. Having been born into a family of successful business owners, it was inevitable that she’d eventually jump off the corporate treadmill and step out on her own! Today her brand portfolio includes The Retail Champion, The Retail Conference, the Future High Street Summit and the Support for Independent Retail campaign. In addition, she is co-founder of Mobaro Retail UK and a non-exec director of Beed Virtual Assistant Services. Having started her career as a fast-track store management trainee for McDonalds, she went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being headhunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture. Her corporate background in senior retail, consulting and technology roles, coupled with her experience of creating and running her own business, has enabled her to be equally capable whether consulting to global brands or micro businesses. This unique blend has not only positioned her as a leading expert in all things retail, but has enabled her to add meaningful commentary and insight to the debate around the future of the high street, and, how technology is driving fundamental change in the way consumers, and businesses, interact. Clare has become an influential voice in her field, which has resulted in her becoming a regular media contributor and sought-after conference speaker. Often seen on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, and Chanel 5 (to name a few), Clare speaks on a myriad of retail, high street and consumer issues – but is particular adept when it comes to explaining the context behind retail trading results, newly released data, and government stats, in a palatable and informative manner. In addition to broadcast and conference speaking, Clare is the proud author of two best-selling business books published by Kogan Page - The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success, published July 2012 and How to Sell to Retail: The Secrets of Getting Your Product to Market, published February 2013. She has provided contributions to various academic texts, including Retail Marketing Management (published by Pearson). With an engaging, conversational yet informative style, Clare writes for press and content agencies, providing features, articles, blogs and opinion pieces as well as contributions to white papers and reports. However, when the situation demands a more serious style, Clare can deliver - In 2016 she wrote an extensive report for a major insurance and risk law firm, as a retail expert witness, to support a public liability suit. She found that project particularly enjoyable as it played well to her strengths – assimilating large amounts of data and information, identifying the key points and articulating that in an understandable manner. When not on TV or speaking at conferences, Clare’s “day job” sees her supporting consumer-facing businesses through her consultancy services. When asked to describe what she most loves about retail consulting it is typically the opportunity to “dig deep”, getting “under the bonnet”, in order to leverage the business data to uncover the insights that lead to “lightbulb moments”. She also loves working on business change programmes that centre on improving the processes and systems to increase profitability by supporting more rapid, better informed decision making, improving the customer experience, or simply by become more efficient and streamlined. In this respect she considers herself a “business engineer” with a brain that works like a relational database! Due to her years of experience, her logical, objective approach, her quick, rational thinking, she is known for being able to cut through complexity, seeing right through to the crux of issues, finding creative solutions that others may have overlooked. As if all that wasn’t enough, Clare is a working mum, juggling a home life in rural Lincolnshire with her partner, their 5 kids, 4 cats, and geriatric Labrador! For all enquiries, contact Clare directly on 01727 238890 or email champion@retailchampion.co.uk.
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