Michelle Ovens
Michelle Ovens
Michelle Ovens CBE is founder of Small Business Britain, the UK’s leading champion of UK small businesses. Michelle is also director of Small Business Saturday, a campaign to support, inspire and promote small businesses, on the day and beyond.
Small businesses needs our activism

Small businesses needs our activism

Michelle Ovens
Jan 19 '24
This winter, another extremely difficult one for small businesses, a much-needed ray of light was shone through the Small Business Saturday campaign as entrepreneurs navigated the end of the year
People will remain at the heart of small businesses–even as AI adoption grows

People will remain at the heart of small businesses—even as AI adoption grows

Michelle Ovens
Nov 16 '23
There is no denying that AI is one of the most important developments to impact the world of business in the last decade
Removing barriers to growth in entrepreneurship

Removing barriers to growth in entrepreneurship

Michelle Ovens
Oct 9 '23
Over the course of the last decade, I have worked with and been witness to hundreds of thousands of businesses, and one thing I can say for sure: it is a rewarding journey, but also bumpy, challenging, and often overwhelming too
How do small businesses feel about the future

How do small businesses feel about the future?

Michelle Ovens
Sep 26 '23
Small businesses are powering through another demanding year. The cost-of-living crisis accompanying the rise of inflation, particularly increases in the cost of goods, services, and energy, are just a few examples of the obstacles thrown at small firms
Stories of small business resilience and success

Stories of small business resilience and success

Michelle Ovens
Jul 31 '23
One of my favourite times of years is when Small Business Britain hosts the Small Awards. An event that shines a spotlight on the incredible achievements of the smallest and greatest firms in the UK
How we can ‘Level Up’ entrepreneurship for disabled founders

How we can ‘Level Up’ entrepreneurship for disabled founders

Michelle Ovens
Jun 16 '23
There is an abundance of entrepreneurial skill and ambition amongst disabled entrepreneurs, who tend to over-index on problem solving, creativity and innovation, as all small businesses do
How do small businesses move forward?

How do small businesses move forward?

Michelle Ovens
May 16 '23
The nation’s small firms are at a tipping point. Coming out of a difficult winter, and heading into a spring that on one-hand offers hope and optimism, but also has many challenges on the horizon.
How businesses can come together to manage costs 

How businesses can come together to manage costs 

Michelle Ovens
Apr 7 '23
It remains tough out there for small businesses. With inflation rates increasing again last month, and the subsidised Government support for high energy bills changing recently
Walking the talk: it’s time to break free and reach out for inspiration

Walking the talk: it’s time to break free and reach out for inspiration

Michelle Ovens
Mar 23 '23
Small businesses are facing more challenges than ever, with costs going up across the board, supply chain issues, talent shortages, and consumers also spending less.
Is recession as scary as we think?

Is recession as scary as we think?

Michelle Ovens
Feb 16 '23
For small businesses, which have faced a seemingly constant barrage of challenges for a protracted period now, recession is a scary prospect.
Magic happens when we support small businesses

Magic happens when we support small businesses

Michelle Ovens
Dec 13 '22
Despite the prevailing economic gloom, it was amazing to see a huge vote of support for small businesses from across the nation on Small Business Saturday, which took place recently on 3 December.
Entrepreneurship need to be at the heart of policy

Entrepreneurship needs to be at the heart of policy

Michelle Ovens
Nov 17 '22
Putting small businesses at the heart of policy is the only way to build a society, and build back from a crisis