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Theo’s Great Christmas Giveaway

As we are now counting down to Christmas, Theo is feeling festive and has decided to run a Christmas competition on twitter (@theopaphitis) from the 1st-12th December.  There will be 12 consecutive competitions, offering a prize a day, from each of the four retail brands in the Theo Paphitis Retail Group.  So, Boux Avenue, London Graphic Centre, Robert Dyas and Ryman are all offering up prizes across the twelve days.  All you have to do, to be in with a chance to win, is make sure you follow Theo on twitter and RT a competition post with the hashtag #XmasTheoGiveaway.

The prize on offer will be announced at 10am every day, with entries open until Midnight each night.  The winner will be announced the following day at Midday.  The winner will need to DM the brand of the day (@BouxAvenue, @RobertDyas, @RymanStationery or @LondonGraphics) with their details to claim their prize!

Good luck…..and don’t forget the all-important Terms and Conditions!


Terms and conditions

Each daily competition is separate from the next, and there are 12 in total.

  1. Each competition entry is valid from 10am to midnight on each competition day (1-12 December 2016)
  1. To enter the competition entrants must RT and follow @TheoPaphitis as well as including the hashtag #XmasTheoGiveaway.
  2. Only one entry per person is allowed per day. Multiple entries will be deemed invalid. No purchase is necessary to enter the competition.
  3. One winner per day (112 December) will be chosen at random and will win the prize for that day. The winner will be announced the day after each competition at midday.
  4. There will be 12 winners in total, one per day.
  5. The winner will be announced each day through twitter. At which point we will request that the winner provides their postal address for the prize to be delivered. If the winner does not respond with their postal address within five days we will randomly choose another winner from the entrants the next day.
  6. We reserve the right to amend or cancel this offer at any time.
  7. No cash alternative shall be provided.
  8. This competition is only applicable for UK residents over the age of 18.
  9. The prize will be sent to the address supplied at point 6 within one week following the announcement of the winner.
  10. The promoter is the Theo Paphitis Retail Group and the address is 22-24 Worple Road, London, SW19 4DD.

Theo addresses the Oxford Union

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.

Theo and Robert

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.

Dragon’s roar at EU scaremongers

Dragon’s roar at EU scaremongers

Paphitis blast for In-Out camps


Former Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis has accused scaremongering pro-EU campaigners of talking “codswallop”.

The business mogul slammed the Remain camp for warning of dire consequences if the UK voted to leave in the June referendum.  But, he also gave those leading the Brexit side both barrels, saying they had failed to explain what life would be like if Britain went it alone.

Paphitis, who owns high street stationer Ryman and hardware chain Robert Dyas, insisted he had not made up his mind which way to vote.  But he vented his fury at those leading both the In and Out campaigns for not giving the public clear facts.

He said: “I am reasonably well connected, and if I can’t make my mind up, what chance has the man or the woman on the omnibus got?”  The entrepreneur went on: “There is this Project Fear about what will happen if we leave, which is absolute codswallop.

“Then, on the other side, the Leave campaign need to make very clear what they see will happen once we leave, if that’s what we vote to do.”

Paphitis also put the boot into US President Barack Obama after he warned the UK should stay in the EU.  He said: “If ever I was going to be moved one way, it would be opposite to what he is saying.  Coming here and wagging his finger at us, the longest democracy in the world, and saying stay in or otherwise we’ll give you a slap.”

Paphitis’ no-nonsense comments came as he prepared to mark the fifth anniversary of his lingerie firm, Boux Avenue this month.  The chain has 28 UK stores, 12 overseas and contracts to add 80 more abroad on a franchise basis.

Paphitis predicted the brand would make its first profit in the current financial year, from a small loss last year.  It came on the same day department store chain BHS plunged into administration.

Paphitis said: “I don’t know anyone who didn’t see that one coming.  It is very sad but, at the end of the day, you stand or fall on your sales results and having something everyone wants.”

Paphitis also warned trading across the high street had been hit by weak consumer confidence, linked in part to the EU referendum.  “The last few months have been incredibly tough,” he said.

Source; The Mirror, Graham Hiscott, Business Editor, 26 April 2016