Last Thursday I went to the #SBS Winners Event 2013 at the ICC Birmingham. I had several attempts at tweeting @TheoPaphitis my business with the all important hashtag #SBS during the time slot 5-7:30pm on a Sunday before winning the coveted RT from Theo Paphitis to his 400,000 plus followers.
My winning tweet on 11th June 2012 was “Painting is my passion, come rain or shine” with a photo of my original watercolour “Pump Room, Bath” available as a limited edition print from my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland.
Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is best known for appearing on Dragons Den on BBC Two. He is Chairman of Ryman Stationery plus Boux Avenue lingerie and Robert Dyas, as well as joint owner of Red Letter Days.
Each week Theo looks at the 1,000’s of tweets he receive’s and chooses his favourite 6 who are then re-tweeted. The winners can gain an immediate surge of followers and some positive social media coverage.
The winners event 2013 was a great experience as we had the chance to ask Theo questions and hear his valuable business insight. My favourite quote from Theo on the day was “make a living doing something you’re passionate about”. I’ve been very fortunate to being able to do just that for the last 29 years.