Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in 2010. A passionate supporter of UK small businesses, Theo chose the social media platform to offer support and publicity to determined business owners. Each Sunday between 5-7:30pm, businesses can tweet Theo, explaining in no more than 140 characters why they would make worthy winners. Theo then chooses just 6 from over 700 to retweet and join the growing #SBS family.
“We started entering the #SBS competition back in 2011.” Explains Susan. “We think Theo is an inspirational business owner and love the advice and tips that he gives out to small business owners.”
…and their winning tweet - ‘#SBS - For 5 years we have helped fathers relax in the garden with their family.’ Featured alongside an idyllic image of a stunningly beautiful garden – a fabulous example of their work.
Receiving the accolade on Father’s Day seems particularly apt for Aye and his wife Susan who run Ayegardening alongside raising their three young children. Founded by Aye in 2009, the company was built on a passion for working outside, a deep knowledge of farming and planting in Asia and an incredibly hard-working ethic. Susan quickly joined the team, and now this family run business prides itself on providing first-class, professional gardening and landscaping services.
Initially just serving Dorking, the business has expanded rapidly and now serves a wide area across West Sussex and parts of Surrey.
As the business grows so do the accolades. Last year, Ayegardening was named as a finalist in the Best Small Business Category at the Red Ribbon Awards, which recognise Britain’s thriving family business sector. Whilst in January this year Ayegardening was awarded the coveted Buy with Confidence accreditation from the West Sussex Trading Standards Department – an award not given out lightly as a number of rigorous tests must be passed.
For these hard working entrepreneurs the icing on the cake is joining the prestigious #SBS club; “We wanted to raise our profile further as we look to expand,” says Susan, “we are so pleased to be part of the #SBS family as there is such a wealth of knowledge and support amongst the members. We plan to make some valued contacts which will enable us to grow our business even further!”
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