A Harrogate businesswoman has expressed her delight after retail entrepreneur and Dragon's Den star, Theo Paphitis has supported her business.
Linzi Oldfield, owner of home accessories and gifts business, Copper and Blonde, tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ (SBS).
The SBS initiative was set up by the Dragon in 2010 and Linzi has become one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his 500,000 followers.
Linzi said: "I couldn’t believe it as I only launched the business in March of this year, and am working from home.
"It is great to have support from Theo because it’s always difficult to raise your profile and Theo has recognised my hard work and helped spread the word about what I do to his following.
"I produce handmade home accessories and gifts out of copper pipe and fittings and sell my products via my Etsy shop and other social media channels."
As well as giving Copper and Blonde a boost, the business is now also profiled on the #SBS website, which is exclusive to winners of the scheme.
Since 2010, the weekly initiative to support small businesses across the UK, has had 1700 winners.
Mr Paphitis said: “We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.
"My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club of like-minded individuals who can share successes and lessons.
"The website and Shop #SBS will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish Copper and Blonde every success.”
Entrepreneurs and business-owners looking for a re‐tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on Sundays between 5pm and 7.30pm and include the hashtag #SBS.
Six businesses are re‐tweeted every Monday at 8pm, invited to the website and to attend the annual #SBS networking event to take advantage of the networking opportunities.