As part of #SBS networking and building business relations, I started the Theo Paphitis #SBS caption competition just after the #SBS event in November 2013. #SBS winners on the Theo Paphitis #SBS facebook group are invited to write a funny caption underneath an Theo Paphitis / #SBS themed photograph. These are some of the captions the winner submitted: Chris Wheeler #SBS – Just Like That – In the style of Tommy Cooper! ~ Siân Foster Hey Deborah, it’s a dance off, Dragon-style! ~ Lrb Trophies Leisure Mine is: ‘The PANTS are how big?!” ~ Jason Beer How about (the birdy song tune) With a little bit of this and a little bit of that. ~ Jude Robinson “I definitely shouldn’t have eaten those beans for lunch” ~ Peter Kerr You should of seen me last Friday night dancing after a few cheeky drinks ~ Newton Newton Flags “.. and this is how you shall worship me..’ ~ Dave Bradburn “OK orchestra, from the top – the Dragons Den theme tune…” ~ Monica Cove I believe I can fly…I believe I can touch the sky…I think about it every night and day….spread my #sbsangel wings and fly away…. ~ Sharon Marshall “This is how tall Kato is, and his how tall Kypro is…so I’m the biggest!” (hands on their heads!) >>> Chris Wheeler * * * * * …And the Winner is….. >>> Jason Beer: “My pitch is for 100k for 5% of the Magical invisible Wing Company”. Congratulations and some great entries – very hard to judge!
Trophy Blog #63 – In July 2013, LRB Trophies won a ‘retweet’ from Theo Paphitis via his twitter account. The Small Business Sunday competition, shortened to the hashtag, #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is famous as a former Dragon on the BBC Dragons Den programme. He is Chairman of highstreet retailers Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas, Boux Avenue and owns 50% of Red Letter Days alongside another Dragon, Peter Jones. He also has various investments via the Dragons Den series. He was once the chairman of Millwall FC. Each week Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him via @TheoPaphitis and describe their business in 140 letters including the all-important hashtag #SBS. The tweets to @TheoPaphitis #SBS are reviewed and each week by Theo and he chooses his favourite lucky six. He has over a three hundred thousand followers to showcase the winning tweet. LRB Trophies owner Steve Butler meat Theo in person in November 2013 (see other news stories). – The introduction video below was created by another #SBS winner and came about via networking with the other #SBS Winners.
I’ve finally met one of my business heroes! A few days ago I set my alarm for 4am and travelled down to Birmingham to meet multi millionaire Theo Paphitis. As mentioned in earlier Selby Times & Post columns I won the Small Business Sunday (SBS) prize earlier in the summer and have been looking forward to the trip ever since. Theo had various senior executives from his retail stores on hand to meet and greet us as we arrived and put any nervousness we had at ease. He owns the high street retail stores Rymans, Boux Avenue, Robert Dyas and 50% of Red Letter Days. Some of these had gone into administration when he purchased them, so it was great listening to how they had gone from nothing to high street favourites in just a few years. I introduced myself to the various other winners and we discussed our own businesses and how trade has been slowly improving from the recession. Theo arrived in the room and did a great Question and answer session. We was allowed to ask anything, and many discussions took place about his business and personal background. He showed us the new and improved SBS website and how we are allowed to edit our own profiles and site pages. After lunch we took it in turns to have our photo taken with him. When I won back in July, I sent him a trophy like the one in the photo as a thank you. The first thing he said to me was ‘I’ve got one of those in my office!’ I was quite chuffed he remembered and I asked him to post a photo of it on his twitter page for his 400,000 followers to see. In future columns, I will let you know about the other parts of the prize once the terms and conditions have been agreed.
  Earlier on this summer, I won a ‘re tweet’ from multi millionaire and former Dragons Den panellist Theo Paphitis via his Twitter account. His ‘Small Business Sunday’ competition, shortened to the twitter hash tag, #SBS, is viewed by his 400,000 followers all around the world. Theo is a business hero of mine, so today will be very exciting for me. I will travel down to the ICC centre in Birmingham to meet him in person as part of my competition prize. – I get to have a photo of us together, so I will publish this in a future column. I am currently supporting the Movember charity campaign this month by growing a moustache. Sadly my itchy and unruly tache will also feature in the photo with him! – During the day I will get to meet fellow #SBS winners from around the UK. They come from all sorts of business backgrounds, some work from home part time, while others are multi millionaires themselves. It will be great to network with them and share ideas that I can bring home to Selby and put into place with my own business practices. Theo’s successful high street company Ryman Stationary, will be providing senior executives at the event to give advice and guidance with any business questions we have. – Back in July, our twitter account had hundreds of ‘congratulation’ tweets, so it will be great to meet some of these people. I have also been allowed to create an profile on his website, and we will be given advice on how to use this to create future business contracts. For anyone wishing to donate to my Movemeber fund-raising, please see the details on our facebook page.
We are pleased to announce our 3rd Cliffe FC ‘LRB Trophies Opposition Man of the Match Award’ – Congratulations go to Riccall United’s Darren Jackson. This award was voted by the Cliffe players who played against him in yesterday’s cup game. Darren wins a discount voucher from LRB Trophies for him or his club to use in the future. The voucher is valid for one year so it can be saved for the end of season presentation if required. Please look out for future Man of the Match awards