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Theo Paphitis' Small Business Sunday (#SBS) at Autumn Fair

We’re hugely excited to be welcoming entrepreneur and small business champion Theo Paphitis and his platform for small businesses and start-ups, #SBS, to Autumn Fair this September.

Theo will be bringing a wealth of retail knowledge on how to generate success on the high street as well as 12 of #SBS’s most innovative small businesses.


Here’s a quick primer, to get you up to date and excited about what #SBS does for the small business industry and what to expect at the show!

Who is Theo Paphitis and What Is #SBS?

  • With more than 504K Twitter followers, Theo Paphitis calls himself a ‘shopkeeper’ on his Twitter bio, but is best known as the Cypriot-born British retailer entrepreneur who has appeared on BBC’s Dragons' Den. 
  • Theo created the Small Business Sunday (#SBS on Twitter) concept in October 2010, inviting small businesses to tweet at him with a description of their venture to secure his endorsement.
  • Every Monday, six of these businesses are then invited to become part of the now 2,300 strong #SBS community, benefiting from boosted publicity and attendance at a yearly conference with access to motivational speakers and workshops.

What is the #SBS Pavilion?

The #SBS Pavilion at Autumn Fair is a showcase dedicated to highlighting all of the new and interesting products from inspiring start-ups and small businesses.

  • #SBS community members entered a competition to win one of the 12 spaces in the #SBS Pavilion at Autumn Fair
  • The 12 winners were chosen from a shortlist of 36 companies by a panel of Autumn & Spring Fair experts
  • You’ll be able to explore new and innovative products from the winners at the #SBS Pavilion this September
  • The icing on the cake – Theo will be doing a Q&A on stage at Autumn Fair too!

    See Theo Paphitis’ #SBS shortlist here

These are the 12 winning #SBS companies who will be exhibiting at the show in September. Get your free ticket to Autumn Fair 2018 today!

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