WHEN Lynda Harding’s sixth baby had problems sleeping, his tired mum literally invented as many ways as she could to get him to drop off.
Now her work has been noticed by a Dragons’ Den star, and her products are this year selling around the world.
Her best known product is a sheep called Ewan, which glows and makes soothing sounds to help babies go to sleep.
Lynda already exports Ewan around the world, but this year he will be found China for the first time, and in the prestigious Sears stores across Canada from August.
Lynda, who runs her SweetDreamers business from her Waterlooville home, said: ‘I am so overwhelmed with the success of Ewan.
‘To know that I am helping parents across the globe is amazing and to gain this recognition from Theo is just fantastic. 2013 has been an amazing year so far and it just keeps getting better.
‘I started this business to help other families with babies’ bedtimes, so I am a big supporter of small businesses.’
As part of her business Lynda turned to Twitter to promote it.
She decided to tweet Theo Paphitis, saying she would call one of her Ewan sheep Theo if he retweeted what she wrote to his 364,000 followers – which he did.
His retweet was part of his Small Business Sunday initiative, when he chooses six firms to support with tweets once a week.
Lynda added: ‘I think Theo’s initiative is a great idea and I really admire that it encourages businesses to support each other.’
His efforts have seen results – after his Sunday tweet, Lynda’s firm has had more hits on its website, more followers on Twitter and is also now featured on Theopaphitissbs.com, exclusive to Small Business Sunday winners.