You may remember that on 4th December 2011 our organisers www.bwebsites.co.uk won Theo Paphitis’s #SBS award for that week? On Friday 30th March 2012 and on behalf of b:web, Christina went to an afternoon at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, sponsored by Ryman’s Stationary and Theo Paphitis himself.
#SBS stands for Small Business Sunday. Every Sunday Mr Paphitis chooses 6 of his favourite business to retweet to his 230,000 plus followers.
The event started at 12pm where canapés and drinks were served, giving us a chance to mingle with the other small businesses and find out what they do and when they won their award. I had the pleasure of meeting very funny and lovely gentleman I met called Chris Oxenbury (@okse) who is a part time comedian, part time wedding painter, part time iPad/iPhone app developer. Theo Paphitis is a big fan of his work and even asked how his mum was doing. Chris has done a lot of art work for famous people, including Bobby Charlton.
A few hours later we were shown into the Conference room where Kypros Kyprianou, the CEO of Rymans gave us a brief introduction before introducing Mr Paphitis to the audience. We then had a chance to ask any questions we needed answering. He gave a demonstration of a website that was designed specifically for #SBS Winners and how they could share offers with each other and how he plans to build an #SBS Community.
We all had a chance to have our photos taken with Mr Paphitis and then if you had the guts, you could go up and speak to him individually. I bit the bullet and approached him to have a general conversation. He had just come from the set of filming an episode of BBC One’s “Dragon’s Den” and said he was still wearing make up and asked what make up I wore. It was definitely a hilarious and surreal moment comparing what products we we’re using! He came across as an extremely down to earth person who is incredibly influential and motivational. He had a great spark when he spoke to everyone about everybody having the ability to grow their businesses, you’ve just got to put in the work because nobody else is going to do it for you.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Wall (@shellibobbins) and she told me about her 3 week old son that was born with Spina Bifida. I was so touched by her story but also inspired by her strength to attend the event and speak to everyone who asked about Noah struggling for survival.
#SBS runs every Sunday between 5-7.30pm on Twitter where you can nominate your business. If you need more information on how to participate, please visit www.theopaphitissbs.com