On Monday 26th November 2012, Jude Robinson, joint owner and Commercial Director of GWR Fasteners Limited, tweeted Theo about their business during #SBS, an initiative set up by Theo which runs weekly. GWR, a company started in 2009, are a fasteners distributor and manufacturer of special fasteners and precision components shipping to customers worldwide. They are also the only company in the UK who can colour stainless steel – GWR Colourfast.
Theo re-tweeted Jude’s message to his then 300,000 followers and as a result, the business (www.gwr-fasteners.co.uk) had over 200 more Twitter followers and more than tripled the hits to their company website in a matter of a few hours and were profiled on a new website www.theopaphitissbs.com which is exclusive to Small Business Sunday winners.
Theo Paphitis then invited all of his #SBS winners to a grand event at the ICC in Birmingham which is sponsored by Ryman Stationery (owned by Theo) and new sponsors RAC, DHL Express, iLaw and Bartercard.
Jude Robinson said “This year has been amazing for us. We won the Oswestry & Border Chronicle’s Young Business of the Year 2013 and to be recognised by someone as renowned as Theo Paphitis in the world of business, is the icing on the cake. To actually meet him was phenomenal and inspiring. Theo is so supportive of UK small businesses and describes us as the backbone of the economy.”