Posts Tagged ‘Theo Paphitis’

#shopsbs is launched, and Chiggs’s cards will float your boat.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

It was a few years ago now, but some of you may remember when Chiggs was retweeted on twitter by Theo Paphitis (of Dragon’s Den fame) when he chose us as a winner of his Small Business Sunday (‪#‎SBS‬) initiative.



It was a huge honour, and last year I attended one of the yearly SBS events with some other Harrogate based business owners. The exciting announcement at this year’s event was the development of an SBS shop, and now it has been launched! It is to showcase the products of the businesses who have won #SBS and Chiggs is delighted to be included.

If you are looking for a ‘New Baby’ card that the new parents will be delighted to receive, or for a Get Well Soon card with a useful twist, Chiggs Baby Feed Wheels and Get Well Wheels are here on the SBS shop. 

Have a look around, there are some lovely items!

Baby Shower Wheel


(Note, the Chiggs Twitter account has changed name since we won SBS, and is now @ChiggsHQ. Do come and say hello!)

#SBS winners event

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

On Friday January the 30th I went to Birmingham to attend the Small Business Sunday winners event. I’ve mentioned #SBS before, back in November 2010 when Chiggs had the great honour to be chosen for a retweet on Twitter by entrepeneur and former dragon, Theo Paphitis. Chiggs SBS badge

Small Business Sunday continues, and has grown and grown since Chiggs was a winner- now businesses can tweet their details to Theo every Sunday Evening between  5 – 7.30pm,  and he retwees his favourite 6 companies on Monday evening at 8pm. As you can imagine, there are a lot of winners now, enough for an entire networking event to be organised! There have been 2 previous events, but I was unable to attend them due to childcare issues so I was really thrilled to be able to make this one!

Small Business Sunday sbs event photo


What an inspiring day it was! Theo gave a talk in the morning and there was a question and answer session in the afternoon.

SBS event Q and A _H1R9255

I was able to finally pick up my winners certificate- the only disappointment of the day was that the queue to have a photo taken with your certificate and with Theo himself was so long that I ran out of time before I had to head back up to North Yorkshire to take over childcare duties from my husband before he headed off to work a night shift- once again the perils of running a business around a family!! Ah, well, never mind- this photo shows the closest I was able to get to Mr Paphitis….


#SBS winners event is planned

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

I posted on this blog way back in November 2010 when Chiggs was chosen by Dragon Theo Paphitis for a retweet on Twitter with the #sbs hashtag for Small Business Sunday. It was a very exciting moment for Chiggs, so lovely that someone with the status of Theo will spend time promoting and supporting small businesses like us.

It seems that the excitement may well be set to continue, as Mr Paphitis has announced that  there will be an event for all the businesses he chose as SBS winners to get together and network, to be held at Edgbaston Stadium on March the 30th. I’m very much hoping to attend, and will let you know how it goes!

Independents Day – Your high street needs you!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

We all know it’s tough out there in retail-land, and it seems that people are becoming worried about the plight of independent retailers on the UK High Street. Here in Harrogate we have recently lost another of the small, independent gift shops that makes this town different from the identikit-High-Streets with the closure of Lemontree. This is a particularly sad closure for Chiggs since the owners of Lemontree have been selling Chiggs Wheels for many years, and over that time they have also become friends.

On a happier note, I’ve recently come across a couple of initiatives aimed at helping Britains Independent retailers:-

Independents Day scheduled for the 4th of July (get it?!) is a national campaign to “support your local independent retailer” whereby “the public will be encouraged to buy at least one item from a local independent retailer and celebrate diversity on the high street.” Easy for Chiggs as we practice what we preach and always support our local shops, particularly our local stockists! They have a twitter account at and a facebook page if you would like to get involved.

A second initiative is Independent Retailer Month, July 2011 ( )which has 3 aims:-

 to encourage consumers to celebrate their fave independent retailers,

 to encourage independent retailers to create a ‘buzz’ in July, and

(this is the Chiggs bit!) encouraging suppliers and all those who service the independent retail sector to spread the word. (I think I can tick this one off with this blog post!)

There are still ongoing initiatives like the Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday on Twitter #SBS where famous Dragon Theo chooses 6 small businesses to retweet to all his followers every Sunday. Chiggs was lucky enough to be retweeted last year (as gleefully blogged about here which was a wonderful boost to our business.

So, as the saying goes, if you want to save the High Street- vote with your feet! If you like to shop local, look no further than the lovely independent shops who sell Chiggs Wheels 🙂

SBS- special boat squad? No- Small Business Sunday!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Dragons Den stalwart (and, may we say, our very favourite Dragon) Theo Paphitis has been running a weekly initiative on twitter called #sbs. The hashtag on Twitter is a way of following a conversation between lots of Tweeple about a certain subject- in this case the subject is Small Business Sunday.

Every Sunday small businesses from all over the UK post a little bit of info about their business including the #sbs hashtag, and on Sunday evening Theo Paphitis picks just 5 of the businesses he likes the look of, and retweets to all his followers (62,763 at last count!).

And guess what?! This Sunday Theo chose to retweet about Chiggs! Excited and thrilled doesn’t cover it- I’ve had lovely messages from other people congratulating me on the mention, and the number of people visiting the Chiggs website went through the roof! I’m so proud that a businessman like Mr Paphitis thought Chiggs worthy of a plug 🙂

So here it is, in all it’s glory- my original Tweet, as retweeted by the Dragon himself:-

In case anyone is on Twitter and would like to connect, Chiggs can be found lurking here-