No sooner than I had received the invitation to the Inaugural #sbs winners’ event, I was trying to clear my diary for Friday 30th March. All looked good until 9 am on the day, when a couple of clients threw some urgent work my way.
At first, it looked as though I wouldn’t be able to make the event but with some careful route planning I figured I could drop in for 30 – 45 minutes. With several hundred people at the event, I knew I wouldn’t have time for any decent networking, so I set about locating the man behind Small Business Sunday – Theo Paphitis.
I dumped my car outside Edgbaston CCC and made haste towards the entrance, stopping briefly to check my hair….
The Chrome wrap, which was applied for Children In Need a few years ago, is ridiculously shiny and gives the Maybach some serious road presence. Anyway, with my hair looking as good as I could possibly hope for given the fact it’s receding at an ever increasing rate, I stepped inside the conference area.
Upon entering the room I thought any hopes of meeting Theo had vanished. The place was absolutely packed with winners of Small Business Sunday and their plus ones. However, I could see some TV cameras at the far end of the room and figured I may be in luck.
Unsurprisingly, Theo was surrounded by people and, after a prompt from one of his assistants, was making his best efforts to get into another room to prepare for his first #sbs presentation.
I took a bit of a gamble and placed myself in Theo’s exit route. Thankfully that paid off and Theo came within earshot, at which point I loudly apologised for dinging his Maybach. The Dragon was not amused, making reference to the size of his chauffeur!
Amused or not, my comment certainly captured Theo’s attention and my guest, James Kimbley of Kimbley Computer Services, was on hand to capture a cheesy photograph worthy of a Facebook status update:
I’m very much looking forward to next year’s event and hope I can stick around for a little longer, so that I can put faces to names (especially to those people who have taken up my #sbs SEO freebies) and make the most of the networking opportunities that the Small Business Sunday network provides.