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Derbyshire based Ready Steady School gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

A Derbyshire based firm has received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. Jo Stoney and Lisa Wall owners of Ready Steady School, tweeted Theo about their 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 over 2000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.

Ready Steady School

Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed Shopkeeper, Theo re‐tweeted Ready Steady School’s message to his almost 500,000 followers and as a result, @readysteadysch has gained more followers and extra orders for their educational resource boxes which help parents and carers support their child before they start school and during their first year. They are also profiled on the #SBS website ( that is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners.

Jo Stoney said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be winners of Theo’s small business initiative and to gain his support. It has been a challenge trying to raise our profile and Theo has recognised our hard work and helped spread the word about what we do to his following. It has been a whirlwind few weeks but we have loved every minute of it.”

Lisa Wall said “We not only sell educational boxes which help parents and carers support their child before they start school and during their first year but we blog and advise our audience too. Our mission is to help every child develop the necessary skills to feel smart and confident from day one at BIG school”

Small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue Chairman, Theo 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 learn from each other. The website and Shop #SBS will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish Ready Steady School every success.”

#SBS Winners now also have access to the exclusive members’ selling platform where hundreds of winners are already selling thousands of products, from unique gifts and bespoke furniture to pet toys or jewellery. It is another opportunity for the #SBS winners to turn tweets into sales.