Yearly Archives: 2016

October 2016

October 1st was the 100th day since the UK woke up to the news that 52% of the Great British Public had voted for Brexit.  Seems a lot longer than that already!  I heard the news in the ITV Studios having been there throughout the night, contributing Paphitis pearls of wisdom on Brexit, which I must warn you, are sometimes worth exactly what the viewer paid for them….nothing.  Then the results unravelled, and even though I felt the electorate had got it right (not all for the right reasons) I couldn’t help but feel slightly unsettled and concerned; it was ..

October 2016

Ryman pens deal to acquire iconic brand London Graphic Centre Ryman, part of the Theo Paphitis Retail Group that also includes Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue brands, has announced today that it is acquiring the iconic retail brand London Graphic Centre from Core Capital. The transaction includes the flagship store in London’s Covent Garden and the online business of London Graphic Centre, which is also based there. London Graphic Centre is a leading retailer of materials to the art and design community, particularly in London and was established in 1973.  The Covent Garden store, covering 7,000 sq ft is regarded ..

July 2016

On the morning of Wednesday 13th July, Theo joined Staffordshire’s University’s Business graduates at the graduation ceremony at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire.  Theo was being honoured for his services to business and enterprise in the UK, and for his work as an ambassador for the National Enterprise Challenge, launched in Staffordshire in 2014.            Across the week, ceremonies saw over 3,000 students graduate from their various faculties, with over 500 from the business school. In his acceptance speech, Theo gave advice to the graduating students: “The harder you work, the luckier you get!”, encouraging them to ..

June 2016

Theo on EU Referendum Night in ITV News' LIVE Facebook booth fielding questions from the public Click here to view 

June 2016

I spent Referendum night in the ITV News studios and I promise you there was no sense of elation when the results were coming through and the final outcome becoming clear. More a feeling of apprehension as the reality of the uncertainty followed by the dangers that will need to be navigated in executing the Leave vote and further, the realisation that the majority of the Great British Public had, just like me, come to the conclusion it was time to grasp the once in a lifetime opportunity on offer, to pick up the proverbial can now rather than continue ..

June 2016

In just a few days, we will make our choice.  Should we stay or should we go?  One thing is for certain, a large part of the population is no clearer now as to which way to vote, as when all this started with Cameron returning from the EU claiming victory and waving a practically blank piece of paper as evidence of the tough negotiations and great concessions he was able to extract from our EU partners. Now the fact that very little, or some would say none, of the debate over the past few months has been based on ..

June 2016

I’m OUT... but there’s a third way in the EU referendum, writes THEO PAPHITIS THE EU Referendum has been inescapable for the last few months and with the Countdown clock ticking down to the final few days, the nation holds the answer. By THEO PAPHITIS PUBLISHED: 08:00, Fri, Jun 10, 2016 Theo Paphitis says there is a third way in the EU referendum But, with Cameron and the Stronger In camp continuing to drum home the message that leaving would be “catastrophic” for the country, I am struggling to understand why, if the outcome is SO catastrophic, he has entrusted ..

June 2016

Theo debates the EU Referendum with Pro-EU's June Sarpong and Brexit supporter, Lord Michael Dobbs, on June 8th, on BBC News' Live at Five. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6EoD2NMGBc[/embed]

June 2016

On the 7th June, Theo Paphitis was invited by the Oxford Union to have an 'In Conversation with...' evening, hosted by the Oxford Union President, Robert Harris (pictured with Theo below).  Theo attended a drinks reception with evening ballot winners,  before being interviewed by Robert. An intensive Question & Answer session followed the interview, with questions from academics and budding entrepreneurs alike. Topics including future business trends, the reliability of Wikipedia, social enterprise opportunities and how to best market a business were on the agenda and it was also a chance for Theo to discuss the upcoming EU Referendum in detail.

June 2016

Since my last blog, Brexit, The Breakfast Cereal For You, we’ve had the two so-called ‘debates’ and I have to admit whilst I was seriously sceptical whether there would be any debate at all, the sterling work, and in my personal view the only winner from these two exercises, was Sky’s political editor Faisal Islam, who tenaciously took on both Cameron and Gove singlehandedly for around half an hour each and showed he was every bit the man for the job.  Not just by asking the difficult questions, but getting involved in a mini debate.  Well done Faisal. If we ..