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Friday was a very exciting day for me. I attended my 3rd #SBS Winners event in Birmingham. Theo Paphitis and all of his team are committed to helping small businesses succeed. These events are free for us winners and we have access to information relevant to running a business, Theo is great at motivating us and this year, we had the pleasure of listening to how John Roberts created, along with the ups and downs of going up against the “Big Boys” to build a successful business that is known globally.

We were also lucky to get lots of freebies from the sponsors, the bag shows all of this year’s sponsors, each of them were also there to discuss any business opportunities that they could offer small businesses




Good afternoon

As some of you may remember, I became an #SBS winner back in July 2015. For those of you who do not know what this is please click on this link for more details, you can search to see if other suppliers you know are also winners too (you will find me on there).

I had an amazing day on Friday #SBSEvent2016 !

The morning was spent networking with some of the many other #SBSWinners as well as an opportunity to meet some experts who were sponsors for the event so a BIG THANK YOU to them for helping make the day happen and for their continued support of small business across the UK.

Ryman Stationery



Red Letter Days

Robert Dyas

It was a very special day as I not only had my photo taken with the amazing Theo Paphitis, I also met the very person who created my favourite boxes The Really Useful Products, his name is Mike Pickles and what an amazing journey! Mike, Theo and also Holly Tucker who created Not on the High Street, ran a Question Time session in the afternoon. They all started out as a small business (like most people) so it was great to hear their stories and glean some excellent advice from them.

At the end of the day we had a goody bag to take home (photos attached). I will add my photo with Theo Paphitis to my website once it comes through.

Many people were staying at various hotels across Birmingham and there were a few different groups eating at various restaurants. I joined Dylan of Aqua Design Group, Chrissie of Amshire Solutions Limited, the lady who is Cover My Cast, (and this is where my useless memory for faces/names lets me down as her name escapes me), Kevin of KGC Engineering, a couple who make nuts and bolts more than just bits of metal GWR Fasteners and a few more where their company names as well as their faces have sadly departed from my head!

After an amazing day followed by a lovely pizza and lots of chatting at Zizzi’s I gratefully fell asleep in a comfortable bed at The Premier Inn, Brindley Place.

My #SBSEvent2016 day had come to an end! I was a little too nervous to talk to more people but vow to change that next year!

My excellent night’s sleep was followed by a lovely breakfast and a lovely chat with staff at the hotel. They made the experience all the better for their positive attitude and professional service so a big thank you to them too.

Here are some photos of my goody bag contents, also there were some blue cleaning cloths and an amazing jumbo sponge



Lula Mai Events is grateful to the following suppliers who have generously pledged their services to The Big Day and without whom it simply would not be possible.


Lula Mai Events is grateful to the following suppliers who have generously pledged their services to The Big Day and without whom it simply would not be possible.

Supplier Pledge
Aidan Moore Acoustic Singer
Beautiful Unique 3 Bespoke Bridesmaid Gowns
Becky’s Sweet Carts Sweet Cart
Bella Doodle Children’s Activity Packs
Blue Penguin Communications Creative Writing/Blogging
British Classic Car Hire Vintage Car Hire
Bubble and Chic Thank You Gift Sets
Caked In It Bespoke Wedding Cake
Cakes by Kit

Cariad Bride

Bespoke Cookie Favours

Bridal Gown Supplier

Chantilly Rose Weddings & Events  Full Wedding Planning
Charms by Joanna Flower Brooches
Charlotte Maloney Bridal Hair Stylist Bridal Hair inc Maids and Mother of Bride
Cherish Ceremonies Vow Writing and Ceremony
Christine Moon Photo Booth
Citrus Moon Bridal Flowers
Darren Bedding Full Day Photography
Designed to Sparkle Bridal Jewellery
Escape Artist’s Business Buddy Website set up and management
Fusion Entertainment DJ Services
Glowlovelights Hire of Custom Made Lights
Henry’s of Banbury Menswear Hire
Houses to Homes Wedding Signage
Interlight Band


Jules MUA

Lemonjelly Child Care

Live Covers Band

Gown Alterations

Make up assistance with Mellow Moments

Child Care

Lula Mai Events Venue Decor and Styling
Mellow Moments Bridal Make up
Military Wives Choir


Choral performance

360 degree photo

Oxbox TV Videography
Purely Platinum

So Storage

Wedding Car Jaguar for Groom

Transportation Hire

Stationery by Sally Invitations, Place Cards and Save the Date
Wedding Wishes Oxford Wedding Wish Tree, Tags and Keepsake book
We Three Kings Bespoke Wedding Bands
Witney Lakes Resort Ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception
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