Yearly Archives: 2017

December 2017

LinkedIn Top Voices 2017: UK Published on December 12, 2017 LinkedIn has over 530 million members across the globe and is increasingly being used as a platform to share expertise, voice opinions and spark conversation. Millions of posts, videos and articles are created and shared on LinkedIn every week. In order to celebrate some of those who are producing really excellent and highly engaging content, we’ve put together our second annual #LinkedinTopVoices list in the UK. To compile the list, we use a combination of data and editorial signals designed to capture the voices making a mark in the UK. This includes engagement ..

November 2017

THE ULTIMATE RED LETTER DAYS EXPERIENCE FINISHES ON A HIGH FOR THE DRAGONS! 30 November 2017 Following 12 years ownership of Red Letter Days, Dragons’ Den stars Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones CBE have successfully concluded a sale of the business to Smartbox Group, for an undisclosed sum. Theo commented, "although not an official pitch this has undoubtedly been one of the most successful business ventures ever to come out of the Den! Peter and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey together and in a way feel a tinge of sadness moving on. We wish to pass on our appreciation ..

November 2017

On Monday 13th November, Theo launched the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge at KidZania in London. This year marks the 5th year that Theo and Ryman have supported the UK’s largest entrepreneurial challenge for children aged 11-15. For 2018, the challenge welcomes a new partner, KidZania, the indoor City “run by kids” which is based in Westfield Shopping Centre, London. The event took place in the KidZania theatre where Theo spoke about the importance of the education of life, not just the things you learn in the classroom but preparing children to be work ready and able to stand on their ..

November 2017

On 1st November Theo hosted the launch party for the Boux Avenue Christmas Campaign.The evening saw Theo welcome journalists, bloggers, Boux ambassadors and, of course, lots of glamorous celebrities to the flagship Oxford Street store in London. The highlight of the evening was the surprise announcement of the new face of the Christmas campaign. For only the second time since it launched, Boux Avenue has used a celebrity in their Christmas campaign. This year the beautiful Mollie King, current Strictly Come Dancing Star and former band member of the Saturday’s, is the face of the campaign including the Christmas advert ..

November 2017

This year, Theo is once again supporting the Department of Work and Pensions to help millions save money for their pensions. Theo supported the DWP in their successful campaigns in 2012 and 2015 to help spread the word about auto enrolement. This year Theo was one of three celebrity influencers who took part in the campaign, he represented the retail sector, TV builder Tommy Walsh representing construction and First Dates star Fred Sirieix representing the hospitality industry. Theo filmed a video for the Social Media part of the campaign, which saw a camera crew come down to the White City ..

October 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions launched a major multi-channel workplace pensions campaign this week to persuade millions more people to save for their retirement through auto-enrolment. The ‘You work, your pension works’ campaign, by DWP and The Pensions Regulator, aims to maximise participation and compliance in workplace pensions by employees and employers. The campaign, which will initially run for a seven-week period before returning in 2018, uses the slogan ‘Get to know your pension’. Gillian Hudson, head of pensions campaigns at DWP, told PRWeek: "The aim of this single call to action is to invite people to explore pension ..

September 2017

Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis: My favourite photograph FORMER Dragons’ Den star Theo, 57, recalls moving from Cyprus to the back streets of Manchester – a change that transformed his life. By Danny Scott 'This photo was taken at our house in Manchester in 1966' “This photo was taken at our house in Manchester in 1966. I was born in Cyprus, but my family moved to England when I was about six. That was a long way for a little kid and I can still remember parts of that journey like it was yesterday.In Cyprus, our house was right on ..

July 2017

As the image of the modern-day entrepreneur goes, Theo Paphitis probably has it just about right. The 57-year-old Cyprus-born owner of Ryman, Boux Avenue, Robert Dyas and latest acquisition London Graphic Centre, is modern, stylish, warm, approachable and brutally down-to-earth. There is no hiding behind pretentiousness, he doesn’t buffer simple analogies with convoluted business speak, and if you’re looking for a rags to riches case study – throughout a life spent battling the limitations of dyslexia – then Paphitis is your man, as Velocity magazine discovered. Theo Paphitis is regarded by many in retail as the high street’s best ‘fixer’, ..

May 2017

 Theo Paphitis puts the focus on employee wellbeing with credit union for retail Retailers including John Lewis, Ryman, Debenhams, Iceland and New Look have signed up to the scheme, which is supported by charity RetailTRUST and designed to improve long-term financial management and therefore employee wellbeing. Former Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis is taking on payday lenders with the launch of a credit union to enable retailers to provide employees with “responsible and competitive” credit and savings options. The RetailCURe offer, which is supported by the RetailTRUST, launches with retailers including the John Lewis Partnership, Schuch, Pets at Home, Debenhams, ..

May 2017

Retail Week speaks to some of the sector’s leaders about how they got their big break. Theo Paphitis Theo Paphitis left school at 16 with just one O Level to his name. Theo Paphitis found his calling when he got his first job at Watches of Switzerland fascia Tyme. School hadn’t been kind to Paphitis, who went to a comprehensive in North London, and in the early days the working world wasn’t much better. Paphitis got his first job as an assistant tea-maker and filer at a London broker but agreed with management to leave the role after just over ..