Steph’s monkey business gets Twitter boost

Steph Sykes met Theo Paphitis last year at Goodwood

Steph Sykes met Theo Paphitis last year at Goodwood

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One of Britain’s top entrepreneurs has given his backing to a small business run from a seafront flat in Bridlington.

Every weekend, Theo Paphitis, famous for his role in Dragon’s Den, tweets about six small ventures to his 500,000 followers. His choices also appear on an exclusive website to boost their profile.

Earlier this month he picked Steph’s Sock Monkey Store, a company which appeared in the Free Press at Christmas when owner Steph Sykes made special soft toys for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Steph, has already seen and increase in orders, and said: “I’ve worked hard on boosting my business, after a bit of a wobble last year, when we moved to the area.

“I’m looking forward to building on this and attending some local events.

It is great to have support from Theo because it’s been tough trying to raise our profile and Theo has recognised my hard work and helped spread the word about what we do to his following.”

Theo, who owns Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue, said: “I wish Steph’s Sock Monkey Store every success.”