Tech firm raising funds

Crowd fund campaign to help micro businesses

joe_henry_co-founder_planys_high_resScottish consulting & technology company, Planys is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to help micro businesses.

The mission is to build a peer support network and a suite of apps that will help them run their operations.

One of the apps will help their bookkeepers digitise their books as HMRC encourages them to switch to digital records.

The campaign will run on the Indiegogo platform until Christmas.

Joe Henry co-founder of the employee-owned business, said: “Everyone knows someone who runs a small business and knows how hard they work, tackling difficult issues alone.  

“Our mission is to build a social platform so that small businesses can talk to each other and ask for advice while giving them a collective voice and representation.

“There are over 5.1 million micro businesses in the UK who contribute £1.8 trillion to the economy but often they don’t seem to get the recognition and support they deserve.”

He added: “We’re a group of app developers and small business owners, with a passion for helping other small businesses achieve success.

“We’ve already self-funded two apps and we’re now seeking funding to build this home for all small businesses across the UK. We hope people will want to help small businesses by contributing to the campaign and/or sharing the link.”

Contributors to the campaign – contributions can range from as little as £10 – will become members of the community. Rather than talking to small business advisers they’ll be able to get concrete, practical advice from owners that have already tackled the issues now facing them.  

They will also get the apps that will help them manage their business. Bookkeepers can contribute £250 giving them 5 client licences for a year, normally worth £600.

Photo: Joe Henry, co-founder, Planys (contributed)


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