As #SBS winners of 2019, Mortgage Squared was invited to meet Theo Paphitis from Dragons Den, at the 10th anniversary of Small Business Sunday awards. It was held at the http://www.theicc.co.uk/ in Birmingham and was an absolute delight to attend.
Check out our last blog about #SBS here https://www.mortgagesquared.co.uk/mortgage-squared-win-theo-paphitis-award-sbs/
The ICC didn’t disappoint! It was a huge space filled with exceptionally nice volunteers from Theo’s organisation and approx. 900 Small Business owners. They set out breakfast and lunch and offered tea, coffee and cold drinks throughout the event.
The small business sunday event was sponsored by DHL, Ryman, Robert Dyas, iLaw, Square, Autumn Fair, Western Union, Nationwide and HP. All well known companies had a huge presence within the event with stalls where they were giving advice on their products and services. There was also speed mentoring with marketing, ecommerce and so much more. It was a buzzing atmosphere and full of lively entreprenuears that were there to absorb the experts advice and guidance.
We could tell a lot of thought had gone into the event and the day reflected this. At each of the stands there were huge balloons that split the event into sectors. This is where we got to network with other busineses from the business and finance industry.
There were talks from:
- Google Digital Garage, who did a session on ‘Get your business visible on Google’. They spoke about a free course within digital marketing that could be handy for small businesses, how to set up Google my business page and all things Google. It was refreshing to see how Google actually works and how it benefits all online businesses.
- LinkedIn spoke about how to maximise opportunities on their platform to utilise LinkedIn if you own a small business.
- NatWest spoke about their new entrepreneur hubs and courses that are popping up all over the country.
- Mind, who focused on mental well being in the workplace.
- Theo’s fireside chat interview in the afternoon is fellow TV Dragon and crafting Queen, Sara Davies.
Amazingly, Small Business Sunday started as an idea in Theo Paphitis kitchen and has grown into something that allows small businesses access to guidance from the experts. It brings them together so they can share their experiences and it celebrates their wins with these awards.
Watching the questions being fired at Theo and the way he answered with such passion for those that were there was incredible. Being the 10th year that #SBS had been running was a once in a life time opportunity.
A high light for many was Sara Davies. Such a vibrant and positive character that sat and chatted with Theo like they had been friends forever. It really should how human they are and even though they were sitting up there speaking about their success, they were very real about it. You could tell that it gave others a sense of ambition within the crowd.
The event was wrapped up with a long wait to have our picture taken with Theo. Even while waiting for this we had the opportunity to network with other business owners.
Side note: As you can tell I wasn’t ready for my snap. I turned around and bam, it was done.