SBS Winners Event – 30/03/12
March 2012 was an incredible month for the owners of Xtreme Vortex who not only won the TIPE Operator of the Year award, but were also recognised by Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis as one of his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) winners. It was a real honour to be picked by Theo back in May 2011, but it was such an amazing opportunity to meet Theo in person, along with other SBS winners at the first event of its kind.
Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is best known for his star role in TV’s Dragons Den. He is the chairman of Ryman Stationary plus Boux Avenue and joint owner of Red Letter Days.
Theo Paphitis, along with the support of Rymans the Stationers hosted the event at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham for all SBS winners. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet other SBS winners along with an inspirational talk from Theo and Kypros Kyprianou, the Chief Exec of Ryman. Many people recognise Theo from his time on Dragons Den, but the multi-million pound dragon has built up his empire of businesses from scratch. Theo is truly inspirational and uses his own personal time to support and help small businesses through SBS. He has a genuine passion for helping small businesses and he still clearly remembers that point when you are trying to grow a business, working long hours, grafting hard and wondering will it all pay off?
Xtreme Vortex are so proud of this opportunity and it has only fuelled our enthusiasm for providing the best activities and service to the events industry. Following the event, a few sleepless nights have occurred where the brains of owners Andy and Donna were fuelled with inspiration and motivation for exciting new projects for Xtreme Vortex. Xtreme Vortex cannot thank Theo Paphitis and his team enough for such an amazing event!
We were so excited about meeting Theo Paphitis we released press releases to various papers and magazines. We have appeared in the Bexley Times and most recently in the Newsshopper. Check out the Newsshopper website for coverage of this story.