TV Dragon Theo Paphitis gives Uckfield business a special boost

Every week celebrity entrepreneur Theo Paphitis selects six businesses which have contacted him via Twitter and relays their messages to nearly 230,000 followers … and on Sunday an Uckfield company was chosen for the honour.

Phil Benson who is general manager and investor in Working Metals, which is based at 60-64 Framfield Road, was very excited about the win and even more pleased because the company will be represented at an inaugural winners meeting to be held in Birmingham on March 30.

Phil has only been using Twitter for about a year under the name @Philbe4.

He follows @TheoPaphitis and noticed the chance offered for a personal mention from the business guru via his Small Business Sunday event. This can be found on Twitter by looking for #SBS.

Every week since last August, in the required way at the required time, Phil has mentioned Working Metals never thinking Theo Paphitis would look at it but this week his persistence paid off.

And here’s the prized RT:


Phil said: “This gives a chance to showcase our skills and tell people what we do. It gives British manufacturing a bit of a boost in these days of doom and gloom.”

Phil added: “My timeline on Twitter went bonkers on Sunday. Our win was announced at 7.45pm and I was replying to tweets until 1.30am. People were looking at our website and then contacting us to say how great our work is.”

The Uckfield businessman is now looking forward to meeting Theo Paphitis himself at the Birmingham event. Another 350-400 #SBS winners who will also be there.

Working Metals which has been in business for about 20 years has a highly skilled workforce of eight. It stays up to date with the latest processes and investment in a metal spraying machine which enables them to spray hot metal on to many items – not just another metal – is paying dividends for them.

The film industry uses the process to transform the appearance of polystyrene and Working Metals has recently finished a large project in London spraying hot bronze onto steelwork of an industrial building to be used by an architectural practice.

Phil said: “They absolutely loved what we had done and there was so much interest in the building that they accepted an offer on it and sold it before even moving in.”

Read more about Working Metals on their website.

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