Category Archives: Business advice

Small business owner? Become an #SBS Winner!

Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo in October 2010.

Each week, Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their businesses in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count.

Every Monday night at 8pm, Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. As he has almost 500,000 followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen lucky businesses.

The benefits don’t stop there; from increased Twitter followers, to positive media publicity and crucially for many, increased sales! Of course, none of this is guaranteed as it is largely down to perseverance and hard work. A smidgen of luck comes in handy too.

The #SBS community now comprises over 1,600 small businesses and every year Theo hosts an event which all of the #SBS winners are invited to attend. These events provide a fantastic opportunity for the #SBS community to network with one another, hear from Theo about the latest #SBS news and initiatives and finally to listen to a range of inspirational speakers!


Retail Cure: Credit Union for Retail

This new credit union will enable retailers to ensure that their employees can access trusted, safe and affordable credit, savings and insurance products. Financially stable employees are more likely to retain their jobs and experience less stress-related ill health.

RetailCURe will be accessible to the 4.8 million people who work directly in retail. The credit union was authorised by the PRA and FCA on the 4th November 2015.

Speaking at the celebration of the FCA approval Theo, a founding member and Director of retailCURe, had the following to say: “It’s fantastic news hearing that retailCURe is now approved by the FCA. When the Credit Union launches it will provide a fantastic service and safety net for my employees, allowing them to borrow at affordable rates and save for the future”

Click here to visit the retailCURe website

Click below to watch the exclusive Sky News report on how some of Britain’s biggest retailers are helping us to form a new, responsible credit union.