Three Hull businesses – Kip McGrath Hull East, Dolly Daydreams Party Caravan, and Nudgecards – have received an online boost from retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.
All three enterprises tweeted Theo during his renowned ‘Small Business Sunday’ (#SBS) competition, and were among six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his 500,000 Twitter followers. The weekly initiative, set up by Paphitis in 2010, now has over 2500 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.
Liz Martin, Director of Kip McGrath Hull East, said: “I’ve only been in business ten months. After teaching for 13 years, I decided to open my own tuition centre and now have 40 children a week attending for extra support. The individual success we’ve had with students has been rewarding but it is great to receive recognition and have support from Theo. It has given me a real boost.”
Theo Paphitis, whose businesses include Ryman Stationery and Boux Avenue, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome new #SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK. My vision is that everyone who has ever won an SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club – like-minded individuals who can share successes and learning. The website will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish Kip McGrath Hull East, Nudgecards and Dolly Daydreams Party Caravan every success.”
The SBS 2019 event was held at the ICC in Birmingham. Liz said: “I had the chance to have a one-to-one session with the Head of Marketing at Ryman Stationery, attend talks by Google, and workshops run by previous SBS winners. Attendees also listened to the keynote discussion between Theo Paphitis and ‘Scotland’s first billionaire’ Sir Tom Hunter. It was an inspiring and educational event that I felt privileged to attend.”
Anyone looking for a re-tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on a Sunday between 5pm and 7.30pm and include the hashtag #SBS. Six lucky businesses are re-tweeted every Monday at 8pm and then invited to enter their profile on the website and attend the annual event.
“I won on Monday 4th February and attended the event the following week!” said Liz.
[Liz Martin, edited]