Theo Paphitis on The Headline Interview

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Theo Paphitis on The Headline Interview

From running his school tuckshop at 15, Theo Paphitis has gone on to amass over £210 million through his retail business empire, which includes stationery chain Ryman, homeware specialist Robert Dyas and lingerie retailer Boux Avenue. 

Theo is not just a highly successful businessman. He's become a TV star as a regular TV "dragon" on Dragons Den. He was also Chairman of Millwall Football Club from 1997 until 2005, taking them out of administration and into the FA Cup final.

In this London Live interview he tells City Editor of the Evening Standard, Chris Blackhurst, about his incredible success. He describes struggling with English at school and talks about his first retail job, and how he moved on to build a business empire. 

Theo also tells Chris Blackhurst of the many threats facing high street retailers and singles out high rates as a key issue. On corporate tax avoidance, particularly by international online retailers, he says "it's terrible - it's got to stop".  Asked when he’ll retire, Theo says it’ll only happen when he’s dead.

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