Derbyshire based Hannah Lobley gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

A Derbyshire based firm has received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. Last week, Hannah Lobley owner of Hannah Lobley - Paperwork tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his 500,000 Twitter followers.  The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has over 2000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.

Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed Shopkeeper, Theo re‐tweeted Hannah’s message to his almost 500,000 followersHannah’s new products for 2018 will be profiled on the #SBS website ( that is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners.

Hannah said, “It is great for my work to be given this recognition. I hope that being an #SBS winner will in raise my profile and introduce my work to a new audience! It is great to have support from Theo and to have him recognise my hard work and share it with his followers.”

Paperwork is a process that happened from accidentally leaving a book out in the rain. In 2002 Hannah Lobley developed the internationally exhibited and award-winning Paperwork, a unique recycling technique using the printed pages of unwanted books and paper. The pages are layered and transformed back into a solid wood like material. Traditional wood working methods are then used to create interior objects from that material. The surface patternation of the paper when the objects are worked echoes wood grain. Wood becomes paper becomes wood.

Paperwork is committed to sustainability, combined with traditional making techniques and Hannah’s work is available for sales, interior and exterior installations, site specific commissions, and individual projects. Each product and material are hand-made by Hannah in her studio in Derbyshire, England; and is a one off, unique item in which the distinct surface texture cannot be recreated.

Small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue Chairman, Theo Paphitis, said: “We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.  My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club; like-minded individuals who can share successes and learnings. The website and Shop #SBS will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish Hannah Lobley and her product Paperwork every success.”

#SBS Winners now also have access to the exclusive members’ selling platform where hundreds of winners are already selling thousands of products, from unique gifts and bespoke furniture to pet toys or jewellery.  It is another opportunity for the #SBS winners to turn tweets into sales.

Anyone looking for a re‐tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on Sunday between 5 PM and 7.30 PM and include the hashtag #SBS. Six lucky businesses are re‐tweeted every Monday at 8 PM and then invited to enter their profile on the new website, attend the annual #SBS networking event and take advantage of the networking opportunities.


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