Simon Woodroffe

Simon Woodroffe is an entrepreneur & the founder of the YO! concept. YO! Sushi continues to expand at home & abroad operating in 60 countries
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Simon Woodroffe is an entrepreneur & the founder of the YO! concept. YO! Sushi continues to expand at home & abroad operating in 60 countries

A London Entrepreneur of the Year, Simon was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2006 for his contribution to hospitality. Today, YO! Sushi continues to expand both at home and abroad operating  in 60 countries and serving over 3 million customers each year.

Simon left school at the age of 16 and spent 30 years in the entertainment business designing and staging concerts for many artists including The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and George Michael.  Simon went into television spearheading the development of television deals to show huge international rock concerts worldwide, including Nelson Mandela and the Prince’s Trust concerts.

In 1999 Simon won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2001 he was awarded the accolade of Best Venue at the Retailer of the Year Awards. Simon was an original “Dragon” on BBC 2’s worldwide hit programme Dragons’ Den making (and breaking) the dreams of would-be entrepreneurs pitching business ideas for financing.

Simon speaks openly avoiding business cliché and audiences find his story extremely inspiring and a catalyst for their own endeavours, be they in a large corporate setting or working at a start-up level.

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Thank you Simon – great story! We are still buzzing from your talk and you are definitely unique!

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Simon pitched his speech just at the right level to keep it relevant and interesting. His 20 min slot flew by.

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