Theo Paphitis meets “Little Theo” the micro-campervan
What an exciting day we had at the SBS winners event; not only did little Theo the micro-campervan meet his namesake Theo Paphitis, but Theo even made time for a cosy chat sitting in the back of Theo. The star of BBC’s Dragons Den is passionate about supporting small businesses and, as you can see he is also a dog lover. Apparently Mrs P really wants a Cocker Spaniel!
“Little Theo” joined the Harrogate Motorhomes fleet of seven “grown up” motorhomes in the same week we won the Small Business Sunday award and naming our newest vehicle after him just seemed a great way to express our enormous gratitude – although we can’t claim all the credit. The idea came from on online competition we ran which was won by Harrogate’s Anna Glazier, who suggested Theo first. There were plenty of other great ideas too but Theo seemed the natural choice after all the help we received from the real one.
We arrived at Edgebaston Cricket Ground in little Theo just a few minutes before Theo arrived in his huge “Chromamobile” Maybach and out popped Mr P looking dandy in a very smart suit with pink shirt. We met his executive chauffeur Michael Brown (Twitter alias @KatoChauffeur) and asked if we could take a photo of Mr P’ car. His response was, “Yes of course, as long as I can take a photo of your campervan”.
Here’s the great photo he took and Tweeted:
Around 400 people from over 200 small firms attended the exclusive, invitation-only SBS Winners Event which began with a champagne reception and networking lunch. Mr P briefly mingled with the crowd and when I was lucky enough to introduce myself I was delighted with his reply,
“Ah, you’re the one who’s travelled down in Little Theo!”
After lunch there was a two-hour seminar and Q&A session by Theo who recalled the pain and 80 hour weeks when he first started out in business with just one other person called Jo in a small office. Sounds familiar!
Theo’s enthusiasm and passion was infectious and he explained the rationale behind the SBS competition was to use his business reputation and Dragons Den celebrity status to recognise and support hard working small businesses and “Give them the opportunity to shine”
The cherry on the cake was when Theo came out into the car park and headed straight for Little Theo. I don’t know who’s smile was wider – his or mine!
“If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, stop doing it. If you love what you’re doing, have belief in your business and offer personal customer service then the hard work and long hours will all be worth it. There is always an element of luck in success, but the harder you work the luckier you get; there is a direct correlation”.
We’ve come so far from having just one motorhome 18 months ago working from our kitchen table in Follifoot. Our exciting journey so far has taken us first to a small office in Kirk Deighton and now to our new depot near the centre of Harrogate.
We now have 7 motorhomes for hire, including our brand new 6 and 7 berth motorhomes which arrived last week.
It still seems like a dream. Not for one moment did I expect to be where we are now quite so soon.
It’s been hard work at times and I’ve made mistakes and learned a lot along the way but I still see myself as very, very fortunate simply because I go to bed on Sundays looking forward to the week ahead – just like Theo!
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Harrogate News: When Theo met Theo
Harrogate Motorhomes in the News – Inspirational day with a ‘Dragon’
Harrogate Motorhomes in the Yorkshire Evening Post – Businessman meets his namesake
The Arrival of Theo Have you seen Theo yet?
Harrogate Motorhomes in the Yorkshire Evening Post: Tweet from Dragon helps firm
Harrogate Motorhomes in the York Press: £10,000 boost for motorhome company
Read harrogatenews.co.uk article: Theo Paphitis helps Harrogate firm
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