The Power of One: Enabling Synergy for the UK’s Self-Employed

PJ Tec

PJ Tec

, Startups, UK Tech

When used in a business application, synergy means that teamwork will produce an overall better result than if each person within the group were working toward the same goal individually.

If you are one of the UK’s 5 million self-employed, sole traders or freelancers, the chances are you will have experienced the demotivating, and income restricting, isolation that can accompany working alone or in a micro-business.

Aside from the social isolation, the struggle to network and connect with like-minded peers to partner with on new business opportunities, share and swop skills with, or receive advice and support from, means that the UK’s growing army of self-employed is woefully disconnected.

In a post-Brexit UK, Government initiatives can and are supporting the UK self-employed but there is a growing need to recognise that the ‘Power of One’ starts with the entrepreneurs.

They need to be brave and aim high, seize the opportunities that working for themselves can offer and connect with their peers to create synergy for growth.


A new website aims to help create such synergies., launched in June 2016, was the idea of small business owner, Paul Hill of Search Response Agency Ltd, who had himself experienced the struggle to find the information, skills and talent he needed to help grow his business.  Ten years on, Paul runs a successful digital marketing firm, but still faces the same problems on a daily basis.

So the idea was born to build an online community where the self-employed can connect, collaborate and even socialise.

The free launch version of maps each new members’ business and social interests by postcode into a searchable database, where they can search for and connect with other members locally or nationally to find the skills they need to grow their business.

Members also have access to two forums; the business connect forum which enables  members to ask for or provide advice to their peers, join forces or skill swap, obtain business advice or recommendations, and the social connect forum where members can chat to each other and suggest local social meet-ups.

It will be interesting to see how the site develops but as a starting point it provides a place where the self-employed, freelancers and micro-businesses can come together to find the support, skills and opportunities they need to survive and thrive.



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