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Export Academy: Fuelling Business Success: A conversation with Theo Paphitis

February 12, 2024

12:00 - 13:00

Department for Business and Trade

Join us for an exclusive chance to hear from renowned entrepreneur Theo Paphitis! What you’ll learn Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with expanding a business at home and internationally Understand key principles and strategies employed by Theo Paphitis Explore the role of innovation and adaptability in successfully scaling a business to achieve success Description This session offers a rare opportunity to engage with one of the business world’s luminaries, discussing challenges, successes and insights gained when scaling a business for growth, positioning you for growth in both domestic and international markets. Speakers Theo Paphitis Retail Entrepreneur, TV Dragon, #SBS Small Business Sunday Creator and Chairman and Owner, Ryman, Robert Dyas, Boux Avenue and London Graphic Centre Theo Paphitis has a business empire that spans retail, property and finance. He left school at 16 with no qualifications due to his dyslexia, but soon discovered his passion for retail working for Watches of Switzerland. He has been in retail for over 40 years and in that time bought and revived the fortunes of the likes of Ryman, La Senza, Contessa, and Robert Dyas and launched global lingerie brand Boux Avenue in 2011. In 2016 he added The London Graphic Centre to his portfolio. Theo is also known for his 8 years as Millwall Chairman, as well as many TV appearances, including most notably as a long-standing Dragon on the BBC's Dragons' Den. In 2010 Theo launched his small business initiative #SBS Small Business Sunday network which now has an annual event and over 4,000 small businesses. Robin Hill UK Export Academy Adviser, Department for Business and Trade Robin is a versatile professional with experience spanning various business sectors, including blue-chip companies and dynamic startups. His journey includes roles at Burton Group, General Electric, and BUPA. Notably, he has ventured into entrepreneurship, establishing startups in Broking and the wholesale Wine Trade. His diverse background reflects a blend of corporate expertise and entrepreneurial spirit.

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