Independent Sulhamstead retailer Huxley Jones Designs is retweeted by Theo Paphitis as part of his ‘Small Business Sunday’ initiative

A Sulhamstead-based independent retailer has received a boost from retail tycoon Theo Paphitis after he retweeted him as part of his ‘Small Business Sunday’ initiative.

Huxley Jones Designs was one of six weekly winners to be retweeted by the Dragons’ Den alum to his nearly half a million Twitter followers.

Huxley Jones Designs sells a variety of beautifully illustrated cards and gifts that are 100% recyclable and biodegradable.

Huxley Jones Designs makes custom original sketches of your pets for card designs (54956360)

Tilly Stretton, owner of Huxley Jones Designs, said: “I have grown my business alongside the life of a young family, working long hours from my kitchen table.

“It’s great to have Theo’s support as it’s been difficult trying to raise the profile of the business.”

Initially as an outlet for her artistic passions, Huxley Jones Designs quickly grew into a successful small business for Ms. Stretton.

Tilly Stretton working from home (54956364)
Tilly Stretton working from home (54956364)

Named after his family’s Scottish terrier Huxley, the business received a huge boost from Mr Paphitis’ retweet, with a Valentine’s card design selling out in less than 48 hours.

Ms Stretton also said: “Theo recognized my hard work and helped bring Huxley Jones Designs to his followers.”

The weekly initiative was started by Mr. Paphitis in 2010 and now boasts over 3,000 winners within its supporting community.

Mr Paphitis said: “We are delighted to welcome new #SBS members every week and to highlight how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.

One of Tilly Stretton's wonderful homemade designs (54956358)
One of Tilly Stretton’s wonderful homemade designs (54956358)

“My vision is for everyone who has ever earned a #SBS re-tweet from me to become members of a friendly club; like-minded people who can share their successes and learnings.

“The website will also provide a valuable profile to the chosen winners and I wish Huxley Jones Designs every success.”

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