Every Sunday, between 5pm and 7.30pm, small business owners tweet businessman and Dragon's Den star Theo Paphitis about their work, with the hashtag #sbs (small business Sunday). He gets more than 1,000 tweets each time. And on the following day at 8pm Theo retweets his favourite six businesses to his 260,000 followers.
I have been tweeting Theo about my business, the green gables, every Sunday for more months than I can remember, in the hope that one day I might be one of the chosen six. It's become a little Sunday ritual and I like reading the other entrants' tweets, it's a great way to find new tweeters to follow. So, imagine my surprise and excitement when yesterday Theo picked me!
(image sent to me by the very kind @ShelliBobbins)
Along with five other businesses Theo retweeted my tweet. And then my twitter feed went a little bit crazy. So many well wishes, retweets and new followers it was quite overwhelming. Since I joined twitter a few years ago I've found it to be such a great community of people only too happy to help, support, cheer on and generally be lovely and generous. Through twitter I have made friends (online and in 'real life'), found new designers and businesses that I've become huge fans of, I've made sales, found new stockists, been featured in a book and magazines, been nominated for a notonthehighstreet.com community award, and I am inspired on a daily basis by kind, warm and funny individuals. So, becoming an #sbs winner tops it all off!
To celebrate I am taking 10% OFF EVERYTHING at thegreengables.co.uk until Monday 13 August! No need for a code, your discount will automatically be applied at checkout.