by Hannah Johnstone, Pink Spaghetti Mole Valley, Reigate & Epsom
On the evening of Sunday 11th March 2017, I sent a Tweet to Theo Paphitis telling him about my new business, Pink Spaghetti Mole Valley, Reigate and Epsom. 24 hours later he retweeted my message to his thousands of followers and my phone didn’t stop buzzing until I ran out of battery. I’d made loads of new connections, chatted to other small businesses online and grown my Twitter following substantially overnight. Winning SBS provides access to the website with online networking and multiple opportunities to show people what you are about.
A year later I have a thriving business and an employee to boot! This year I was fortunate enough to be able to take my employee, Amy, to Theo’s SBS winners’ event in Birmingham. This is an annual event held for the 0.68% of applicants who win, which is now around 2,000 small businesses!
On Friday 23rd February 2018 we made our way by train from Surrey to Birmingham and went straight in to register for the event. Kypros Kyprianou, CEO of the Theo Paphitis Retail Group kicked off the event on the main stage. The event was not just attended by small businesses. Theo himself was there and gave us all some tips on how to succeed.