Even as a school boy Simon was a budding entrepreneur, running a car washing business at the age of 12 then progressing to a tuck shop business by the age of 16.
Simon studied IT at university and started his career working for BT’s Research & Development division. After a few years working for large enterprises, the entrepreneurial bug was back. Aged 26, he started Trinity Security Services, an IT security professional services company. Trinity delivered IT security solutions to customers such as Cadbury Schweppes, Bank of England, RSPB and Tesco. A successful exit of Trinity via a trade sale took place in 2008.
In 2008/09 Simon launched two web startups, inbizvest.com & ilikeucoz.com. Both failed but provided an important learning experience. In 2009 Simon then co-founded Urban Coffee Company, which now has 2 retail outlets in Birmingham and plans for further national growth.
Simon was previously the Head of Incubation at Birmingham Science Park and incubated 50+ tech startups in 36 months.
Simon is now the CEO & Co-Founder of Oxygen Accelerator.