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Theo Paphitis To Speak At Spring Fair

Spring Fair, (4-7 February, NEC), has announced 12 new winners of Theo Paphitis’s #SBS Small Business Sunday initiative who each receive a free stand in the #SBS Village.  Theo will be among the speakers on the Inspiring Retail Stage on Tuesday 6 February, sharing his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of 2024 for retailers, and visiting the #SBS Village in Hall 4 on the day.

“The #SBS and Spring Fair partnership has gone from strength to strength, and I am delighted to have had nearly 50 businesses receive a free stand at Spring or Autumn Fair over the last few years,” states Theo. “That’s a lot of support for some brilliant SMEs, and Spring Fair 2024 will once again be a staple part of my diary. The show is bursting with fantastic businesses, ideas and entrepreneurs, and one of the things I’m looking forward to most is experiencing the infectious passion that will be brimming throughout the exhibition.”

Above: Theo is shown chatting to a 2023 #SBS winner at Spring Fair last February.
Above: Theo is shown chatting to a 2023 #SBS winner at Spring Fair last February.

This year, winners include plant based, responsible luxury skincare brand Raven Botanicals; Bobbi London’s collection of luxury corporate bags, travel accessories and tech products, and luxury home fragrance brand The Aromatary which will showcase candles, diffusers, sprays and lotions.

Buyers will also discover hand-drawn artwork and gifts from Libra Fine Arts; homewares and gifts with bold, bright, retro inspired prints and patterns by Sally Tettersell Designs, and Bare Kind bamboo animal socks for adults and children.

Also exhibiting will be Gummee showcasing practical teething solutions for babies, and the Ducky Zebra collection of sustainable childrenswear. They will be joined by Teddo Play award-winning play-based children’s learning resources, andS’more’a’licious handcrafted gourmet marshmallows and freshly whipped marshmallow fluff. 

Other winners include Composty which will be presenting eco-friendly cleaning products; while dog lovers Charlie & co will showcase a unique collection of dog accessories as well as offering grooming services, dog parties, education, and café experiences. 

“We know how much buyers love to discover newness and our partnership with #SBS not only enables us to support brilliant up and coming SMEs but also offers buyers access to these wonderful new businesses,” comments Soraya Gadelrab, event director, Spring Fair. 

Entrepreneur, TV ‘Dragon’ and #SBS Small Business Sunday creator Theo Paphitis, and Spring and Autumn Fair, first joined forces to support start-up businesses in 2018. Together they have worked with nearly 50 SMEs, playing a vital role in their future success. Visit

Top: Theo Paphitis was among the keynote speakers at Spring Fair 2023. 

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