Magnate Theo Paphitis energizes the language school for young linguists
Business mogul Theo Paphitis has supported a pioneering language school.
Chloe Donnelly, a language student at the university, set up CMD tutoring in the bedroom of her Cheshire home during the first lockdown.
The 22-year-old who speaks nine languages âânow teaches more than 100 students on four different continents.
The linguist tweeted Theo about her business on “Small Business Sunday” and was one of six weekly winners to retweet Theo from her nearly half a million Twitter followers.
The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has over 3,000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK. A self-established business and retail entrepreneur and trader, Theo retweeted Chloe’s post to her nearly 500,000 followers.
As a result, CMD Tutoring has nearly 100 new subscribers and additional orders for their lessons and review notebooks, flashcards, and various other products.
They are also featured on the #SBS website – theopaphitissbs.com – which is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners.
It’s a double triumph for the enterprising entrepreneur since Chloe also landed a place in the national final of the Young Trader of the Year.
Chloe, from Winsford, said: “It seems absolutely surreal that this has happened, I’m still waiting for it to sink in.
âTo think that next weekend we have the national Young Trader of the Year final, it’s amazing how quickly my little online school has grown too big for my bedroom office.
“My phone rings constantly with people asking for classes for September, Theo’s approval has helped my business grow exponentially within a week.”
Chloe is preparing a joint specialized degree in Spanish and Italian at Bangor University.
Passionate about languages, she is fluent in Catalan and Galician and can also speak Romanian, Welsh and Indonesian. Recently she has learned Dutch and Irish on her own and plans to tackle Cornish afterwards.
âMy dream is to learn all the languages ââin the world,â she said.
The former Winsford Academy student offers classes at the New Images Youth and Community Center on Nixon Drive.
Small Business Champion Theo Paphitis said: âWe 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.
âMy vision is that anyone who has ever won a #SBS retweet from me will be part of a friendly club; like-minded people who can share their successes and learnings.
“The website will also give a valuable profile to the chosen winners and I wish CMD Tutoring every success.”
Theo owns stationery chain Ryman, housewares specialist Robert Dyas and lingerie retailer Boux Avenue.
Anyone looking for a retweet from Theo can tweet him about his business on Sundays between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and include the hashtag #SBS.
Six lucky companies are re-tweeted every Monday at 8 p.m., then invited to enter their profile on the new website, attend the annual #SBS networking event, and take advantage of the networking opportunities.