Three businesses from the same industrial estate impress former ‘dragon’

By Anita Jaynes on March 03, 2016

Three businesses from the same industrial estate in Chippenham were selected as winners by former ‘dragon’ Theo Paphitis in a well-known social media challenge for SMEs.

John Williams Heating Services, Active Potential Therapy and J Sheppard & Son are all based on the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate, and they all travelled to an event hosted by Theo in Birmingham.

Debbie Williams said: “What are the odds, out of all the businesses across the UK who have taken part in Theo’s Twitter challenge, that three neighbours would all be selected. It was brilliant for all of us to be part of a national event of this kind.”

Last year, all three businesses entered a now famous Twitter contest known as the #SBS or Small Business Sunday. Each Sunday, Theo singles out winning businesses for their tweets or engagement.

Theo is best known for appearing on Dragons Den on BBC Two. He’s chairman of Ryman Stationery, Boux Avenue lingerie and Robert Dyas, as well as joint owner of Red Letter Days.

John Williams Heating Services was set up more than ten years ago and today is a Which? Trusted Trader and registered with CheckATrade.com. Active Potential Therapy is a clinic, run by Sam Cox, offering support to anyone in need of sports or mobility therapy and J Sheppard & Son is a five-year-old company fitting kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. It’s run by father and son John and Oli Sheppard.

Pictured above: (Front row) John Sheppard, Debbie Williams, Theo Paphitis and Sam Cox, (back row) Oli Sheppard and John Williams.