Entrepreneur Emma meets Dragons’ Den star

Emma O'Connor collecting her certificate from Theo Paphitis.
Emma O'Connor collecting her certificate from Theo Paphitis.

Business is booming for an entrepreneur from the area, after being handpicked for a business award from BBC’s Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

Emma O’Connor, 27, of Pretty Little Silver, tweeted the well known businessman details of her business during Theo’s Small Business Sunday, shortened to #SBS, an initiative set up by Theo that runs weekly.

Working from her home in Skirpenbeck, the mum-of-two started her business in March last year. Pretty Little Silver personalises gifts for all occasions, including vintage silver plated spoons and handcrafted pewter keepsakes. Emma stamps each letter of the message or quote by hand onto the pieces, making each piece a one of a kind.

Theo re-tweeted Emma’s tweet to his 440,000 followers and Emma was astounded to see traffic to her website on the same day the winners were announced had increased tenfold. Since winning the award Emma has been busier than ever with orders via her website and has been selling through more retailers in the UK and Ireland.

She said: “I feel so honoured to win this coveted award, my feet have not touched the ground since winning and becoming part of the exclusive SBS group.”

To celebrate the success of some of the best small businesses in the country, the weekly winners of Small Business Sunday were invited to be personal guests of Mr Paphitis at an awards ceremony at the ICC in Birmingham where Emma received her certificate from him.

Emma added: “It’s fantastic that such a successful businessman can show his support to UK-based small businesses by taking time out of his busy schedule to organise this event. Through my win, I have been able to connect with other SBS winners and have gained valuable new customers and contacts, all through the power of Twitter.”

Anyone looking for a re-tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on Sunday between 5pm and 7.30pm and include the hashtag #SBS. Six lucky businesses are re-tweeted every Monday at 8pm and then invited to enter their profile on the website www.theopaphitissbs.com. This is done free of charge.