One Bolton business earned a big boost after it received recognition from an ex-Dragons' Den entrepreneur.

PetTrailer UK received a retweet by Theo Paphitis as a part of the Small Business Sunday (#SBS) initiative.

Established by Becky Smith in around 2016, PetTrailer UK specialises in pettrailing and mantrailing, terms used to describe the search for a specific animal or a specific person by their scent.

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The Bolton News:

The Bolton business trains dogs and their owners in these skills with activities and workshops in these region and across the country.

One Small Business Sunday, Becky tweeted Paphitis about PetTrailer UK, and was one of six weekly winners to receive a retweet by the ex-Dragons' Den entrepreneur.

The owner of chains such as stationer Ryman UK and lingerie retailer Boux Avenue, who was on the BBC One show until 2012, has more than half a million followers.

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The Bolton News:

Becky was invited to an annual event at Birmingham's International Convention Centre last month to receive a certificate from Paphitis, while PetTrailerUK was included on the #SBS website with a profile of its own.

Becky, who moved back to her hometown Bolton after a spell in South Wales, said: "It is great to have support from Theo because it has been tough trying to raise our profile and Theo has recognised our hard work and helped spread the word about what we do to his following.

"Running your own business, providing specialist training to pet owners and assisting families in lost animal search is incredibly rewarding. 

"However, working on your own can be really hard work. I am extremely grateful to have the support of Theo to help raise our profile. 

"Having our hard work recognised by such a significant figure in the business community is a real boost."

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