Back in April I got to emailing with a lovely lady named Ursh, who runs Refunk’d, which is a business making amazing individual pieces of furniture out of recycled and pre loved items. She was in touch with me after having bought some items from us at a Country Living Christmas fair, and wanted to order a few more bits. Once we sorted the order, she said: “Also have you heard of Theo Paphitis SBS? I think it would be really beneficial to give it a go. We are a family and we have all sorts of businesses in it!” And so I looked into this…
The ‘Small Business Sunday’ concept was launched by the Dragon’s Den star in 2010 as a way to champion exciting small businesses. Each week, Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their businesses in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. The hardest thing for me was trying to remember to enter – as tweets have to be sent between 5 – 7.30pm on a Sunday! (okay, I know you’re all probably shouting out, why didn’t I use Hootesuite and schedule the tweets?! I wasn’t very techno savvy.. but I am trying to get better!)
After remembering to enter around 6 or 7 times, I was at my sister’s house a couple of weeks ago when my phone started going CRAZY. I checked why I suddenly had over 60 Twitter notifications and was absolutely thrilled to see that we had been picked that week by Theo.
There are many benefits for the winning businesses, including a huge amount of extra exposure and an opportunity to meet with the man himself at an exclusive ceremony and networking event in February 2016. We are already really enjoying making so many new connections with other like minded business people, and look forward to meeting some of them next year.
You can read our profile on the SBS website here.