If you've been following my blog, you might remember my post from last year about winning the small business competition set up by former Dragon's Den investor Theo Paphitis, My Joy at winning the Theo Paphitis Small Business Award. Last month I finally got to meet him at the annual Small Business Sunday (SBS) event.
Here I am collecting my certificate at the event. Theo really is a lovely man, full of smiles, warmth and enthusiasm, and he really does care about us small business owners.
The event itself was a day packed full of learning, talks and networking, and came with a wicked goodie bag, which for once was full of good quality, really useful stuff! It was fantastic to finally put some faces to names of some of the dozens of people who I interact with on Twitter. I always love catching up with the lovely Christie from Christie's Crafts.
One of the highlights of the event was Theo's fireside chat with John Roberts, founder of domestic appliance co, AO. When it comes to providing high standards of customer service, he and I are most definitely on the same page, and so refreshing to hear from the founder of a company who's still in touch with their core values!
It was a great event, and I really enjoyed mingling with so many other small business owners, and it gets you out of the kitchen! ;)