Mevagissey mum bugs former dragon Theo Paphitis for business boost
A MEVAGISSEY mum who "bugged" former Dragon's Den star Theo Paphitis through social networking site Twitter has won a business boost.
Siân Foster, 39, who runs online store One Stop Bug Shop, was picked by business entrepreneur Mr Paphitis for the Small Business Sunday award – a competition he runs on Twitter every week.
Mrs Foster, of Kiln Close, won the award on September 22, and it makes her one of just ten Cornish businesses to have won the competition since its launch in 2010.
The mum of two said she is over the moon and it has given a big boost to her online shop, which sells bug-themed toys, gifts and clothes for children.
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However, she nearly missed finding out she had won because she was putting eight-year-old Jack and Bethan, four, to bed at the time of the announcement.
Mrs Foster said: "All the small businesses who take part are really supportive of each other and I received this phone call from someone I have never met with a Scottish accent telling me 'quick, get on Twitter now, you've won'.
"I am so pleased. I have sent him rhymes, funny tweets, serious tweets, jokes about bugging him and we even made a spoof video of Dragon's Den called Dragon Fly's Den.
However, it was her tweet that she had launched the One Stop Bug Shop website, www.onestopbugshop.co.uk – which originally started on eBay in 2011, to allow the former high-flyer to juggle work with being a full-time mum – that won the day.
She tweeted Mr Paphitis "Excited to introduce the all-new onestopbugshop.co.uk My gift to bug fans. Cheerfulness a must for all customers! #SBS."
He retweeted it to his 390,000 followers.
The shop is also now profiled on a website exclusive to Small Business Sunday winners.