… but there’s more than one reason why I’m so enthusiastic about the #sbs winners’ event and I believe there are reasons you should be too, even if you weren’t lucky enough to attend this time.
I’ll start with a link to the brand new #sbs website because there are tips on there for people who want to tweet Theo Paphitis about their business and become an #sbs winner themselves.
With the new website – not to mention the event – this whole thing has become much more than “just” being retweeted by Theo Paphitis (although that in itself is a huge boost to any small business). It’s now become about being part of a community, getting further help in the form of web links (coming from someone who is googled 30,000 times a month!), advice pages just for #sbs winners, community pages just for #sbs winners and more.
This exciting event was just the start of something potentially quite big. How big? I don’t think anyone can know that yet but I feel it’s quite a privilege to be part of it.
I wanted to try and give you a flavour of the day, and I’ve got a few images to share. Some are from a camera phone, some are official photos – you’ll probably be able to spot the difference quite easily
Everything ran very smoothly from the start, and was superbly and expertly organised.
cameras were everwhere
There were cameras just about everywhere – clicking away and filming.
I'm on the right, my lovely OH and chauffeur for the day in the middle and Candoo Concierge on the left
Early on, we met the lovely Canny from Candoo Concierge – this photo was taken by Red shift Radio and tweeted at the time.
The room we were in filled up quite quickly
seating - just waiting for us allWe were
Then we were shown into another room
twitterfeed on big screen
and as we found our seats and got settled, there was a live Twitter feed on the large screen. If you were following the day via the #sbs hashtag, this is possibly when it all went a bit mental.
my tweet on the big screen
A big thanks to Claire of Zest Health and Fitness and Susan of Dottie Designs for getting the above photo to me!
We were all tweeting, just to see it come up in front of the audience!
Theo on stage
Theo gave a talk, which was inspiring, fascinating, motivational and entertaining. He’s funny, down-to-earth, swears a bit, and says it as it is. He’s honest without being rude (not something many people can manage effectively, especially on stage, but he seemed a master at it).
Theo on stage
He was encouraging and supportive too. A champion of small businesses.
The day was sponsored by Ryman, and it was a generous day. Free drinks, food and a reduced parking fee. Generous goody bags to take home. And a £50 voucher offered to all #sbs winners when opening a Ryman business account.
the audience were kept entertained
The audience were kept entertained throughout and there was possibly a little less tweeting going on at this point!
Chris from Metalfrog Studios with Theo
Chris from Metal Frog Studios is an #sbs winner and was chosen to design the fabulous new #sbs website – check it out! It is still in its infancy but will be filling up in the next days and weeks. There’s valuable information and tips on there for people who want to win, as well as for the winners.
The audience were asked for ideas – and provided them in abundance!
introducing official #sbs logos
The new official logo for #sbs was introduced – in its various shape formats.
Theo got a well-deserved standing ovation
It was great to meet some other small business owners, like Sarah from Silver Birch crafts who makes lovely textile goodies.
I'm on the right and Sarah is in the middle
and Becky from Dots and Spots – I so admire what Becky has done with her design business – she’s so inspiring! if you don’t know it already, check out her blog on that link!
This is me on the left with Becky from Dots and Spots on the right
and the lovely Charlotte from Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics whose ceramic work is just gorgeous.
I'm with Charlotte from Charlotte Hupfield ceramics here
I met some others too – I had a lovely chat with Sparrow Primitives and found we had a lot in common, not least our collection of creative clutter!
It was a lovely surprise to be presented with a winners’ certificate. Not only were they individually named, each one was individually signed by Theo Paphitis himself.
Theo signing certificates
And each business had the opportunity of an individual official photo with Mr Paphitis!
It was incredibly good of him to take the time to pose for around 300 photos – and speak to each person as he did so. A thoroughly nice and decent chap!
the official photo
It was incredibly generous of Theo to give up his time for this. With all his business interests, he must be one very busy man, which makes his generosity pretty amazing.
I was inspired and enthused by the day (not to mention slightly exhausted!) and enjoyed it immensely. I would urge anyone who gets an opportunity to listen to Theo Paphitis talk to grab it with both hands.
I would also urge anyone who tweets for a small business to tweet Theo on Sunday evenings – and check out the new website for more information about #sbs: TheoPaphitisSBS