Local up-cycling business receives Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday Twitter award

Date published: 31 March 2019

Rochdale based local, up-cycling small business owner, Lauren Ormerod, of Copper Cup, tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his Twitter followers.

Lauren said: “I’ve only been in business just short of six months and I still work from my dining room table. It is great to have support from Theo because it’s been tough trying to raise our profile and Theo has recognised our hard work and helped spread the word about what we do to his following.

“Recycling is key in the age we live in, so up-cycling copper pipe and fittings into stunning home accessories and gifts is a real joy.

“I just love to work with it and the way it looks, it’s rose gold finish is so on trend too.” 

Lauren set up Copper Cup after her own wedding, where her partner made a frame from copper for their table plan, with her love of anything rose gold, Lauren decided to see what else could be made using her plumber husbands left over copper pipe and fittings.


Copper Cup - Up-cycling left over copper pipe and fittings
Copper Cup - Up-cycling left over copper pipe and fittings


The possibilities were endless, and Copper Cup was born, in six short months Copper Cup has also won three other Twitter business accolades; Jacqueline Gold’s (CEO of Ann Summers) #WOW award, Andy Quinn’s #QueenOf title and the #SmartSocial award.

The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has over 2,500 ‘Small Business Sunday’ winners and supports small businesses in the UK.

The business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed shopkeeper, Theo re‐tweeted Copper Cup’s message to his almost 500,000 followers and as a result, Copper Cup’s Twitter page received more followers and extra orders for their copper home accessories and gifts, they were also profiled on the ‘Small Business Sunday’ website, which is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners.


Copper Cup


Small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue Chairman, Theo Paphitis, said: “We are thrilled to welcome new ‘Small Business Sunday’ members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.

“My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club; like-minded individuals who can share successes and learnings.

“The website will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish Copper Cup every success.”

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