Mysteries in Time receives Paphitis backing

Mysteries in Time receives Paphitis backing

The couple behind Walthamstow start-up Mysteries in Time are celebrating after receiving a thumbs up from one of the UK’s most renowned entrepreneurs.

Mysteries in Time is a start-up business devised by primary school teacher Samantha Metcalf (36) and her partner, Peter Walliker (36), as a fun way to engage children in learning about the past.

The company brings history to life for 7-11 year olds with its educational subscription boxes which are distributed on a monthly basis.

Last week, the duo tweeted renowned retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis about their business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and were one of six weekly winners.

This saw the company gain a retweet by Theo to his 500,000 Twitter followers. The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has 1700 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.

Peter and Samantha said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as an #SBS winner! It gives real validation to our business idea, and has given us further confidence and energy to push the business to the next level.

“Since winning on Monday, we have seen a large increase in our Twitter following and have experienced a great support network amongst previous winners. We have already made some local contacts and are excited to see where this coverage takes us from here.”

Small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue chairman, Theo Paphitis, added: “We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS 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. I wish Mysteries in Time every success.”

Mysteries in Time recently caught up with BQ to talk about their start-up journey so far