PRLog - Aug. 8, 2014 - RICHMOND, U.K. -- Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in 2010. A passionate advocate of UK small businesses, Theo chose the social media platform to offer support and extensive media publicity to small 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, the more creative and engaging, the better. Theo then chooses just 6 businesses from the hundreds of entries to retweet to his 440,000 followers, who then join the growing #SBS family.
“After more than 100 attempts at #SBS, I’ve done it!” says Claire. “I was initially struck by complete disbelief, followed by the adrenaline rush of sweaty palms, racing heart and screaming at my long suffering husband and children, “I’ve won SBS, I’ve actually won!”
The winning tweet was simple yet compelling –
@TheoPaphitis We love taking care of your #accounts in the cloud so you can keep your feet on the ground running your business #SBS
“Despite having a ‘good feeling’ about many previous attempts, the power of hindsight kicks in and it suddenly feels as if this was, in fact the best tweet of the lot, and it seems as if you were destined to win!” Claire confides.
“For two and a half years I’ve been driven by the mission to receive a retweet from Theo. I’m certainly a determined individual! I came across the #SBS competition in January 2012 and after several months I had joined a close-knit network of weekly fellow entrants. We formed the #SBSWIW (Small Business Sunday Winners in Waiting) crew. Each time a member wins the competition they are replaced by an equally resolute business owner. We support and encourage each other every week and have become wonderful friends. A number of us have met up in the flesh and several are now clients of mine.”
In many ways, the happy ending of Claire’s #SBS story mirrors the journey she has taken to become a successful small business owner. At the beginning of 2012 Claire was faced with the earth-shattering news that a seemingly innocuous mole was actually a malignant melanoma and that the cancer had spread to her lymph glands. Following surgery and a successful course of radiotherapy, backed by her family, Claire began working in earnest to build up her own client base after having worked part-time in the accounts department of a large organisation. Within a matter of months, Claire’s new business, Accounts Resource had won Best New Startup 2012 followed closely by Best Website 2013 at The Richmond Business Awards.
“I’m immensely proud of the business I’ve built as well as the awards I’ve won. This fantastic #SBS achievement is the icing on the cake.” says Claire.
“I am so excited to meet more lovely business people on Twitter as I’m already familiar with lots of the previous winners. Any new business that comes will be a bonus,” says Claire. “It is more about making vital business connections that can help sustain your business going forward as sometimes you hit a bump and it can be difficult to keep going.” Claire continues, “Despite life’s ups and downs, my determined nature has continued to flourish. I am now planning on running the London Marathon in April 2015 for the Melanoma Foundation. Having been offered one of 5 Golden Bond places by St George’s Hospital Trust, who set up the foundation, I feel deeply honoured to be given such an opportunity. As I continue to go from strength to strength as an individual, so too does my business - demonstrated perfectly by our newest accolade!”
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About Accounts Resource
Accounts Resource is a pro-active accountancy practice with Xero Silver Partnership status. Accounts Resource is based in Teddington in the London Borough of Richmond and specialises in providing accounting and tax solutions to small and startup businesses. Accounts Resource aims to help people grow their business, increase profits, improve cash flow and minimise tax. For further information please contact Claire Georghiades on 020 8977 9387 or email email@example.com.
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