DRAGON’S BUSINESS BOOST FOR MUM

Tweet from Theo works won­ders

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MUMPRENEUR Ali­son Harper has been sin­gled out for praise from busi­ness­man Theo Paphi­tis.

Her Bea­cons­field-based on­line com­pany Baby & Tots Bou­tique has be­come one of the lat­est small busi­nesses to re­ceive a boost from the for­mer Dragon’s Den star.

Last week, Ali­son tweeted Theo about her business dur­ing ‘Small Business Sun­day’ and was one of six weekly win­ners to gain a retweet by Theo to his 500,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

The weekly ini­tia­tive, set up by Theo in 2010, now has 1,700 #SBS win­ners and sup­ports small busi­nesses in the UK.

Mr Paphi­tis re-tweeted Ali­son Harper’s mes­sage to his fol­low­ers and as a re­sult, www.babyand­tots. co.uk has gained more than 100 ad- di­tional fol­low­ers as well as ex­tra or­ders for its preloved chil­dren’s clothes.

The com­pany is also pro­filed on the #SBS web­site (www.theopa­phi­tissbs.com) that is ex­clu­sive to all Small Business Sun­day win­ners.

Ali­son said: “Wow, I can’t be­lieve I’ve won this award.

“We have only been in business six months and can’t be­lieve my new business has been recog­nised by such a high pro­file en­tre­pre­neur.

“It is great to have sup­port from Theo be­cause it’s been tough try­ing to raise our pro­file and Theo has recog­nised our hard work and helped spread the word about what we do to his fol­low­ing.”

Mr Paphi­tis, said: “We are thrilled to wel­come new #SBS mem­bers ev­ery week and high­light just how im­por­tant it is to sup­port our small busi­nesses here in the UK.

“My vi­sion is that ev­ery­one who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me be­comes part of a friendly club; like-minded in­di­vid­u­als who can share suc­cesses and learn­ings.

“The web­site and Shop #SBS will also give a valu­able pro­file to the win­ners cho­sen and I wish Baby & Tots Bou­tique ev­ery suc­cess.”

Business praise: Ali­son Harper

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