Camera Centre Wins Theo Paphitis Award
by Alastair Hamilton -
A camera shop in Lerwick has become the most northerly business in Britain to win a “Small Business Sunday” award from former Dragon's Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.
Ben Mullay, Managing Director of Camera Centre, recently travelled down to Birmingham to collect the firm's award. The win came as the result of a competition held on Twitter by Theo Paphitis. Ben received a special round of applause from Theo Paphitis and the 950-strong audience for travelling the furthest distance to the event.
Ben Mullay, well-known in Shetland as a wedding photographer, bought Camera Centre from its previous owner in May 2012. Ben has led the company into a new era which includes online photo prints, photo decor and gifting products. Camera Centre recently invested in new photo print equipment and kiosks.
Ben says: “The quality of the professional photos, enlargements and photo-books that these produce cannot be matched by home prints. Consequently the company has seen a huge increase in customers printing in-store and online at www.thecameracentre.net.” Another of the firm's specialities is the restoration of old family photographs that have faded or been damaged.