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Theo Paphitis: The Future of the High Street

In conversation with James Ashton

Wed 10 Oct, 5.30-6.30pm

Baille Gifford Big Tent, Festival Site, Wimbledon Common

£17.50 (individual rate), £30 (includes business networking from 4.45pm)
 

Join us to hear from one of the most successful UK businessmen and Dragon's Den participant, Theo Paphitis . Leading business journalist James Ashton will talk to Theo about his amazing story in retail and his journey getting there as well as gaining an insight into the current retail climate and Theo's thoughts for the future.

Cypriot born Theo Paphitis has a business empire that spans retail, property and finance. He left school at 16 with no qualifications due to his dyslexia, but soon discovered his passion for retail working for Watches of Switzerland - and the rest is history. He has been in retail for 40 years and in that time bought and revived the fortunes of the likes of Ryman, La Senza, Contessa, and Robert Dyas and launched global lingerie brand Boux Avenue in 2011. In 2016 he added The London Graphic Centre to his portfolio.Theo is also known for his 8 years as Millwall Chairman, as well as many TV appearances, including most notably 9 series on the BBC's Dragons' Den as well as contributing to current affairs shows such as Question Time. He is also patron to several charities, and his businesses have raised over £4m for Comic Relief. Theo was also recently appointed Chancellor of Solent University. Theo's retail HQ are based in Wimbledon

James Ashton is an experienced financial journalist and media consultant. He was City Editor and Executive Editor of the London Evening Standard and City Editor of the Sunday Times.

Theo has donated his speaker fee to fund free places for 6th formers at Merton State Schools. Teachers are asked to email laura.byrne@wimbledonbookfest.org to check availability and reserve places.

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In partnership with Future Wimbledon, Merton Council

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