City business champion publishes resource to help local entrepreneurs

The Happipreneur
The Happipreneur, by Tony Robinson OBE.

Hull born micro business champion, and patron of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, Tony Robinson OBE has launched a new essential resource for anyone who runs their own business – or is thinking of doing so.

Tony’s book, ‘The Happipreneur – Why #MicroBizMatters?’, is a memoir and guide for enterprising people. The guide sets out to help ambitious entrepreneurs that have innovative ideas to achieve happiness and success by controlling their own destiny.

The book outlines the challenges that today’s small businesses face, and is dedicated to the 3 million taxpayers denied Government financial support during the pandemic.

Tony Robinson OBE has spent the past few months fighting the injustice encountered by small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting economic crisis. He has been a strong and vocal supporter of #ExcludedUK – a not-for-profit campaign group that acts as an ‘inclusive alliance for the excluded’. The campaign works to raise awareness of the three million hard-working business people, and tax payers, denied income support from the Government, and to provide them with practical help to survive the current economic crisis and recession.

Tony Robinson OBE said: “Right now, it is more important than ever for micro business owners to work together to implement change. Over the past six months, we’ve witnessed very clearly the patronising, marginalising, and quite frankly bullying behaviour that is dished out by the Government. It has resulted in unfairness, injustice, discrimination and severe hardship at a time when the Government should really be doing all it can to support businesses, promote equality, and facilitate recovery of the UK economy.”

Charles Cracknell, Secretary of Hull’s John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, added: “Tony is an inspiration to those of us that support micro businesses in general and young entrepreneurs in particular. He’s a huge credit to the City of Hull. He has been my mentor and inspiration for the last five years and never gives up on his passion for supporting micro businesses, through his #PayIn30Days and #MicroBizMatters Day campaigns.

“Tony has given us a number of copies of his book for young entrepreneurs locally, and in turn we are going to send a copy to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, with a plea that he matches what we have raised locally from individuals, Trade Unions, businesses, Hull City Council and charities – to support the young entrepreneurs in Hull excluded from his business support schemes.”

[Charles Cracknell, edited Jerome Whittingham]