- Micro-businesses matter – there are more micro-businesses than any other kind in the UK, employing 8.4 million people.
- The tax and benefits system needs reform to reflect the changing economy.
- Micro-business owners deserve products and services which support their unique needs and ambitions.
We are part of Crunch, the UK’s fastest growing accountancy and services company.
Our partnership with the multi-award winning think tank and charity The RSA developed twenty policy ideas for government to help the self-employed and small business owners.
We published the report at a high-profile event at RSA House in London and are now presenting the findings to decision-makers across Whitehall.
What we stand for
It has never been so easy and rewarding to start your own business. You can live the life you want, on your terms, by being your own boss. There are now 8.4 million people in the UK working in companies with 9 or fewer employees, making up 96% of all British businesses. We are here for those micro-businesses, those people living the dream, taking risks and chasing rewards.
Business can be a huge force for good, but the needs of micro-businesses aren’t always understood or considered by those shaping our economy. We want to be your voice: a strong voice for freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs and micro-businesses.
Since 2008 we have been advising and supporting you through Freelance Advisor and Crunch. As Crunch Chorus, we are working together to help decision-makers understand and support your businesses. Together we are stronger. Join in.
Who pays for this?
Crunch Chorus is a project of Crunch, who have provided the initial funding. The products and services we recommend in the marketplace deliver a commission to Crunch which will pay for the cost of running Crunch Chorus. We will never recommend a product or service that we don’t believe in and haven’t tried ourselves.
With Crunch’s over 8,000 micro-business customers we have an unrivalled understanding and passion for the sector. We want what is best for our clients and the sector we have been championing since 2007.
Crunch has twice been named the UK’s fastest growing accountancy firm and is in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for fast growing businesses. We employ 170 people in Hove to serve our 9,000 customers, who bill their clients over £2 million a day and £2.2 billion since we launched in 2009. Our turnover is over £5 million a year and growing.
How it started
Crunch Chorus is the natural evolution of the passion for micro-businesses that underpins the Crunch service. Darren Fell, Crunch CEO, believes the world of business is for anyone that is motivated to join it. Darren is passionate about helping people create the lifestyle they want by building businesses that enhance, not intrude upon, their personal lives.
Alongside Crunch, in 2007 Darren launched FreelanceAdvisor.co.uk, a community-driven effort to help more people make the leap into a freelance lifestyle. Now, with the help of Jason Kitcat, former leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, this community has grown into a national force and is helping shape debate in the halls of power.
Read all about our campaigning work on behalf of micro-businesses
In trying to close a loophole HMRC hits vast swathe of small businesses
The Chorus campaign to ensure HMRC's IR35 changes don't harm micro-businesses
Spreading the power of the micro-business community
Plans to hike dividend income tax rates will hit lower earning micro-business owners hardest
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