On Friday 25th February 2022, Theo Paphitis hosted his annual event for his #SBS Small Business Sunday winners in Birmingham.
#SBSEvent2022 kicked off after having been postponed in 2021 as a result of COVID-19, with there now being over 3,500 #SBS winners in the network. Nearly 1,000 of these small businesses attended, with there being main-stage presentations from Dragons’ Den investment Rachel Watkyn and Debbie Lewis from NatWest Business.
Theo’s afternoon fireside chat was with fellow TV Dragon and textile king Touker Suleyman, who took questions from Theo and the audience for almost 2 hours in a highly inspirational session.
The event had some fantastic partners – DHL, Ryman, Robert Dyas, iLaw, SumUp, Spring & Autumn Fair, Western Union, HP and NatWest Business – without whom the event would not have been possible!
Winners also had the opportunity to have one-to-one advice sessions with our brilliant partners, who offered bespoke advice and expertise to winners.
Winners were able to have their professional headshot photos taken and new winners also received their certificate from Theo Paphitis, as well as having a certificate photo taken together.
Winners were given the opportunity to attend breakout sessions presented by partners, motivational speakers and #SBS winners, including Michelle Lestas, Bays Consulting and Louise Cox PR. #SBS winners Balloonista and Exceed Events provided balloons and a 360 experience and an infinity mirror for the winners. Socialise and Mingle also helped new winners break the ice with their fantastic networking cards.
Winners, partners and speakers alike were treated to some exceptional live music performed by #SBS winners Capriccio Quartet.
Winners were also given the option of having one-to-one advice sessions with the sponsors, who shared their expertise, have their professional photographs taken, and new winners also received their certificate from Theo Paphitis, as well as having their photo taken together.
Small businesses can enter to be part of #SBS every Sunday between 5-7.30 pm on Twitter or Instagram.
Twitter: Winners can enter by tweeting Theo on @theopaphitis between 5-7.30 pm, and using the hashtag #SBS. Theo Paphitis retweets 6 small businesses a week, to the growing network.
Instagram: Winners can enter by posting on their feed or by commenting under the #SBS is open Instagram post. Entrants must have tagged @theopaphitis and used the hashtag #SBS, whilst following @theopaphitis on Instagram. Instagram winners are reposted on @theopaphitis Instagram feed.