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Independent review of self-employment: share your story

Nov 2, 2015

by Althea Erickson

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UK sellers: What are some of the biggest challenges you face starting and running your business? Do you have trouble shipping goods across borders? Difficulty managing periods of slow sales? Anxiety about doing your taxes?

Believe it or not, these are all areas where the UK Government can help Etsy sellers, but they need to know about the challenges before they can help us address them!

That’s why we were thrilled to learn that the UK Parliament asked Julie Deane and the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) to carry out an independent review into the challenges facing the self-employed in the UK.

Most importantly, they want to hear from Etsy sellers! If you live in the UK, we encourage you to fill out their online survey, available here!

Just two weeks ago, we convened a roundtable discussion between Etsy sellers and the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), where policymakers heard recommendations for how the UK can create a more flexible and supportive environment for creative entrepreneurs. Five amazing Etsy sellers shared their experiences as women-owned micro-businesses, describing challenges like access to paid leave, struggles shipping goods across borders, and difficulties with taxes.

These women did a fantastic job representing the Etsy community, but we want policymakers to understand how diverse our community truly is.

Will you fill out the survey today and help spread the word to others? The deadline is 30th November.

Together, we can make a difference not just for Etsy sellers, but for the whole micro-business community in the UK.

Note – Some sellers have had trouble accessing the survey in the Chrome browser. If it doesn’t work for you, please try a different browser!


About Julie
Julie Deane OBE, started The Cambridge Satchel Company from her kitchen table in Cambridgeshire in 2008 with just £600. The company now turns over £10 million per year, employing over 130 people and selling to over 100 countries whilst still manufacturing all its products from its UK workshop.

The Cambridge Satchel Company has won many awards including:

  • Insider Made in the UK award – Manufacturer of the Year 2014.
  • Queen’s Award for International Trade 2013.
  • The Great British entrepreneur awards – Great British entrepreneur, export entrepreneur and manufacturing entrepreneur of the year 2013.

Julie is also ambassador for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, reflecting her ongoing commitment to British manufacturing and craftsmanship.
Julie received an OBE for services to entrepreneurship in the 2015 New Year Honours.

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