TV dragon's tweet gives boost to business

STONE carver Robyn Golden-Hann, from Quarley, near Andover, has received a business boost from TV Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

Robyn tweeted Theo about her business during Small Business Sunday, an initiative set up by Theo that runs weekly.

Theo then re-tweeted Robyn’s message to his 260,000 followers and as a result, interest in her business increased overnight.

Robyn is also profiled on a new website, theopaphitissbs.com, that is exclusive to Small Business Sunday winners.

Robyn said: “I have been trying to raise my profile nationwide and am absolutely delighted that Theo has chosen my business to help spread the word about what I do.

“It was only the third time I tweeted Theo with the comment ‘I’m carving out a business... carving stone.

“‘Unique artist-designed monuments’, which obviously did the trick.

“I’ve had my Twitter account for about two months and since becoming an SBS winner followers quadrupled overnight and are increasing daily.”

Robyn has been carving stone for over 20 years.

A traditionally trained stonemason and former head carver at Salisbury Cathedral, she set up her own studio at Project Workshops, Quarley, in 2006 specialising in artistdesigned bespoke memorials and fine hand-carved inscriptions.

Previous commissions include the memorial to former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath in Salisbury Cathedral, plaques for Portsmouth Cathedral and royal opening plaques at Salisbury District Hospital.

Robyn also hand-carved the memorial stone for Horatio’s Garden at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury, and recently restored the tomb of the 18th century English portrait and landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough.

Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010.

Each week Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him and describe their business in one tweet including the hashtag #SBS.

Only tweets made in the time-slot between 5pm and 7.30pm each Sunday count.

Each week Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted.

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