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 Simon Woodroffe an Inspirational and Motivational speaker, proving everything is possible


,Simon Woodroffe is the founder and creative driving force behind all things YO! Current brands include YO! Sushi the internationally famous conveyor belt sushi restaurants and YOTEL, the hotel brand providing a luxury experience in small spaces. A London Entrepreneur of the Year, Simon was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2006 for his contribution to hospitality.

Simon Woodroffe has developed a strong reputation on the UK and international public speaking circuit. Simon speaks openly avoiding business cliche 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.

Simon Woodroffe an Inspirational and Motivational speaker, proving everything is possible!

Simon Woodroffe an Inspirational and Motivational speaker, proving everything is possible!

Simon Woodroffe is the founder and creative driving force behind all things YO! Current brands include YO! Sushi


Simon Woodroffe left school at the age of 16 and spent 30 years in the entertainment business. His production companies in London and Los Angeles designed and staged concerts for many artists during the 70′s and 80′s, including The Moody Blues, Madness, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and George Michael.

In the 90′s, Simon Woodroffe went into television. He spearheaded the development of television deals to show huge international rock concerts worldwide, including Nelson Mandela concerts, shows for Amnesty International and the Prince’s Trust concerts.

In 1997, Simon Woodroffe founded YO! Sushi, a conveyor belt sushi bar. The concept was to make eating a complete entertainment experience and featured call buttons, robot drinks trolleys and Japanese TV. The first restaurant opened on London’s Poland Street and became an overnight phenomenon. Today it continues to expand both at home and abroad.

In 1999 Simon won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and became part of the CBI/BCC Ambassador of Entrepreneurism campaign, with which he is still actively involved. In 2001 he was awarded the accolade of Best Venue at the Retailer of the Year Awards. In recognition for his contribution to hospitality, Simon was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list  2006.
 
Simon Woodroffe appeared on the BBC 2 produced worldwide hit programme Dragons’ Den as one of the formidable panelists, who make and break the dreams of would-be entrepreneurs as they pitch their business ideas for financing. Simon has also featured on Discovery TV’s VIP Weekends with Ian Wright, ITV’s Homes & Property and ITV’s The Millionaire’s Club.

As a result of being asked to share the story of his entrepreneurial success, Simon Woodroffe has developed a strong reputation on the UK and international public speaking circuit. Simon speaks openly avoiding business cliche 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.

Simon continues to develop new YO! brands.  YOTEL, Simon’s solution to boring and expensive hotels opened in 2007 and in Summer 2011 celebrated the launch of a 669 bedroom site in central New York.  YO! Home: Simon’s re-invention of the city apartment launched at London’s 100% Design in 2012 and YO! Zone: a spa concept is bubbling away in the future.

Simon Woodroffe an Inspirational and Motivational speaker, proving everything is possible!

The feedback from the delegates has been phenomenal and you are officially down on their score-card as the ‘best ever’
Aventis Awards Conference - Miami

If I said that your appearance and presentation went down well, I reckon that would be a tragic understatement; rather we all thought that you really were magnificent!
Bob J Silk - Barclays Corporate

The most inspirational and exciting presentation I have ever attended.
Mari-Cecil Boulle - Boulle International

You've received rave reviews in all the feedback we've had so far not only for your story and your style but for your all out attitude to life!
Impact Training Group

Your presentations were fantastic. Perfect message, excellent delivery and a refreshing natural style.
Legal and General

Your presentation turned out to be the highlight of the conference for most delegates.
Forbes Mutch - Caterer & Hotelkeeper

Your account of failures as well as successes gave a very realistic and encouraging perspective.
Andrew Ceresto - Blue Chip Associates

You have inspired a lot of people to grab opportunities around them and have the courage to think outside the box.
Neil James - Glaxo Wellcome

Wow, what an extraordinary, ordinary guy.
Karen Mc Grath - VT Events

The best speech I have heard in this building in ten years.
David Twiggy Molecy - Institute of Directors

Such honesty and candour is not something one normally associates with successful speakers...
Roy U Moëd - Pourshins PLC

I came in feeling tired. I went out thinking about the future.
Business Link - Worcester

Simon blew me away. His presentation was absolutely FAB. The pace and content were both fascinating and fantastic. He spoke with such passion and honesty that I felt truly inspired.
Gaynor Murray, BT Retail Conference

At last! Someone who skips the b*%^"!*t, tells it how it really feels, and motivates us in the bargain!
Liz Meikle, Horizon Hotel – Scottish Enterprise Event

The most innovative speaker we have ever heard.
Associated Independent Stores

You were a vital part of our event, and the breadth, depth and richness of your presentation was genuinely appreciated.
Maggie Atkinson, Director of Children’s Services @ Gateshead – NEEC Conference

Thank you for your contribution to our successful event yesterday. Everyone agreed that the execution of your presentation was outrageous!
Liz Gibson, Marketing Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff – Project of the Year Awards

Funniest. Talk. Ever. It was brilliant! He was searingly honest and very down-to-earth. Inspiring and hugely encouraging. He gave loads of insights into how he motivates himself and others and how he innovates.
Michael Walsh, Attendee – University of Limerick Enterprise Event

Simon’s messages, state and being all landed very well again this year. His philosophy and message will live on in those people and affect their families and team for the better. Marvellous job and beatifully executed.
Deborah Tom, MD @ Human Systems – KPMG Developing Top Management Event

Your speech was well polished and truly inspirational and has urged me to change my perception of how I want to do things and the way I'm putting my team together and inspiring them. You motivated and fuelled me.
Paul Hancock, Attendee – Star Technology Event

The audience response to your presentation was impressive! You coloured the day suitably and left us enthused. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services……
Justin Walton, Regional Director, Star Technology – Business Forum

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