Yearly Archives: 2018

December 2018

As we get closer to the Brexit precipice, I am more and more inclined to believe that it is perhaps worth losing the battle now, to go on to win it another time.  By that, I mean perhaps we should step away from stubborness, personal political agenda, saving face and the current political pain we are all experiencing, on all sides, and stay in to influence from the inside.  Currently it feels like Blackadder, Baldrick and Captain Darling going over the top in the last episode of the series...and that seemed all too pointless as well. Why are we here? ..

November 2018

The 12-16th November marks Global Entrepreneurship Week and to celebrate, Theo launched the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge 2019 ! In the summer of 2013 Theo was approached by Ben Dyer and Michael Dyer to become the new ambassador of an initiative that they wanted to become the biggest Enterprise Competition in the UK. 6 years later and a lot of fun along the way, the Challenge is the UK's largest enterprise and employability initiative - over 250k young people will have taken part by the end of this academic year - a brilliant achievement for the entire team. The challenges ..

November 2018

On Thursday 8th November new Chancellor Theo headed to Solent University to spend the day with the School of Media, Arts and Technology (SMAT). The school is the largest at the University with over 2,400 students across a wide range of disciplines from Film and Media Production to Acoustic Technologies and was a fascinating insight into the work in front of the camera, and behind the scenes. Theo met with Paul Marchmark, the Dean of SMAT for a tour which included the Media Academy and Music Studios. As part of the tour Theo conducted an interview for Solent TV with ..

November 2018

Theo Paphitis: ‘It feels like retail is now closer to the precipice’ James Ashton  4 NOVEMBER 2018  Like any other disgruntled constituent, Theo Paphitis often takes his problems to his local MP. It just so happens that the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge who listens while the former Dragons’ Den star gets something off his chest is Philip Hammond, the Chancellor. Handy when you consider the entrepreneur’s biggest beef is the unfairness of business rates which pour close to £30bn a year into Treasury coffers but are routinely blamed for squeezing the life out of Britain’s high streets. “We’ve had words ..

November 2018

On Friday 2nd November Theo opened a brand new Ryman store on King’s Road, London. Nestled among the big brands on one of the most iconic streets in London, it is the perfect location for a store. The store has become part of the over 200 other Ryman stores across the UK At 1.30pm Theo cut the ribbon to officially open the store. Colleagues, members of the public and local journalists had all gathered to help celebrate the official opening and to hear Theo talk about the brand and its journey throughout the years. Theo also spoke about how important ..

November 2018

In 1995 when I was looking at buying Ryman, and approaching private equity businesses and banks to raise the money, I was told it was a dog of a business; that I was absolutely mad to even look at it, let alone consider investing in it. Why? Because the paperless office was the future and no one was buying stationery anymore.  I knew they were wrong then, and that’s why nearly 25 years on since I bought the business out of administration, Ryman is now marking its 125th year of business and doing well. Not a mean feat in the ..

October 2018

On 15th October Theo spoke to BBC Breakfast TV and BBC 5 Live’s ‘Wake up to Money’ show about how having dyslexia has brought about his success. A report released by charity Made by Dyslexia, showed that 40% of self made millionaires are dyslexia but yet only 4% of the public think that having dyslexia is a positive trait. The report also said that people with dyslexia have a "unique set of skills".  These include reasoning, communicating and visualising - all identified as key attributes for a modern workforce by the World Economic Forum. Talking openly about the difficulties he ..

October 2018

Businessman and former Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis has credited dyslexia for his success. Mr Paphitis told BBC 5 live's Wake Up to Money that the disorder, which affects reading, writing and spelling, had forced him to find solutions. That had given him the confidence to tackle any business problems. His experience tallies with a study by the Made by Dyslexia charity which says people with dyslexia have a "unique set of skills". These include reasoning, communicating and visualising - all identified as key attributes for a modern workforce by the World Economic Forum. 'Lessons of life' It is thought ..

October 2018

On Thursday 11th October, Theo headed to Southampton where he was inaugurated as Chancellor of Solent University. On a day steeped in tradition, Theo was warmly welcomed by the Vice Chancellor, Graham Baldwin and many of the University’s representatives. On arrival at Solent, Theo was able to chat to some of the local media about his new role and discuss his ambitions for the University. He mentioned that his motto for life is “be the best you can be” and he believes that Solent gives its Students the opportunity to do just that with its fantastic facilities and brilliant teaching ..

October 2018

On Wednesday 10th October Theo headed to Wimbledon BookFest on Wimbledon Common for an interview with James Ashton to talk about the current retail environment and the future of the high street. In a location very well known to Theo, who regularly walks his dog Gladys on the Common, a beautifully lit stage greeted a packed audience full of local businesses and members of Merton Chamber. As the TPRG head office is just down the hill, some colleagues came along to hear Theo’s view on the latest news in retail. James Ashton, a journalist who has been City Editor and ..