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Simon Woodroffe

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Simon Woodroffe: YO! Sushi Founder Talks Entrepreneurship & How To Follow Your Fear To Find Your Destiny

London Real

LAUNCH YOUR OWN PODCAST: https://londonreal.tv/by/ 2021 SUMMIT TICKETS: https://londonreal.tv/summit/ NEW MASTERCLASS EACH WEEK: http://londonreal.tv/masterclass-yt LATEST EPISODE: https://londonreal.link/latest Simon Woodroffe OBE is an entrepreneur and founder of Yo! Sushi. He also appeared as one of the original Dragons on Dragons Den. Simon spent 30 years in the entertainment business staging concerts for huge artists, including Stevie Wonder and George Michael. In 1997, he founded Yo! Sushi which became a huge success serving over 6 million customers and opening 100 restaurants across the globe. In 1999, he was awarded a young entrepreneur of the year before taking on the opportunity of being one of the original Dragons in Dragons Den. In 2008, the 52-year-old expanded his business portfolio by launching the YOTEL brand of airport and hotels. After success with the YO brand, Woodroffe created YOTOPIA – a luxury resort in the Bahamas. Simon still works closely with the YO portfolio, and he joins us today from his houseboat in Chelsea to talk about how we get London back to work at full capacity while discussing the factors that affect people’s mental health through stress, fear and anger.


24 Sep 2020

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Yo! Sushi Dragon Simon Woodroffe On Soy-Sauce of Innovation & Creativity

The Workplace Evolution Podcast

In this episode Business Psychologist Michael Costello heads to the River Thames to meet with former Dragon’s Den member and founder of Yo! Sushi to discuss how businesses can drive innovation and creativity by following the way of Yo! This podcast delves in to the Yo! brand (Yo! Home, Yo! Sushi and Yo! Hotel) alongside the lessons Simon has learnt during his career and the risks he took to blow the customer’s mind with new technology - including robots telling the customer to shift their arse out of the way!Simon predicts huge casualties on the high street if businesses fail to re-invent, innovate & foster creativity this year but also predicts opportunities for those that embrace change, look to the future for inspiration & challenge the old systems in place.  Speaking of opportunities, you will also hear about his future plans of 'Yo! Topia', an island in the Bahamas to rival Richard Branson's Necca Island!Podcast Notes: Website: https://yo.co.uk/ Yo! Brand: https://yosushi.com/content/about-yo Simon's Yo! Book: https://yo.co.uk/blog/the-book-of-yo-2/ Twitter: @YOSushi & @woodroffe_simon Felix Dennis Poem (How to get Rich!): http://felixdennis.com/Poet/How-To-Get-Rich.aspxIf you feel you have been impacted by any of the issues raised in the podcast please have a look at the links below:Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/workplace/If you enjoyed the podcast please like and share!  If you would like to be on the podcast and have great business insights to share get in touch at admin@workplaceevolution.   Thank-you for listening! You can find out more about us at the following addresses:Twitter: https://twitter.com/workplaceevol Michael Costello's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcostellooccpsych1/The Workplace Evolution podcast is brought to you by Workplace Evolution Ltd - The Natural Selection For Workplace Solutions!  Michael Costello is the Managing Director of Workplace Evolution based in Lancaster, UK--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jointheevolution/message


6 Sep 2020

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6. Yo! Sushi entrepreneur Simon Woodroffe on Neil Diamond, mortality, fish, fashion and his Bahamian island

Can I ask you a personal question?

In the sixth episode of 'Can I ask you a personal question?', Dan and Will speak to Simon Woodroffe, the entrepreneur best known as the founder of restaurant chain Yo! Sushi and hotel business Yotel.  Simon left his public school aged 16, and went on to work with some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll as a stage designer. He launched Yo! Sushi in his 40s, and – after selling down his stake in the raw fish business – Simon has since become a serial entrepreneur, also setting up Yotel and Yo! Home.  In this episode, Simon tells Will and Dan why they should accept mortality, take more financial risks and start making more bold fashion choices. He also speaks about his latest investment – a Bahamian island that he wants to open up to the public. If you enjoy this podcast, please have a listen to our previous episodes, and also give us a review or rating – every little helps. You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CIAYAPQ) and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/can-i-ask-you-a-personal-question/). "Can I ask you a personal question? (with Will and Dan)" is presented by Will Turvill and Dan Hully, and is produced by Luke Garratt. Will is a British journalist based in Canada, and Dan is co-founder and CEO of Quantico, a provider of in-house finance teams to rapidly scaling businesses. Luke is a journalist and news producer for the Associated Press, also based in London.


5 Aug 2020

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Embrace megalomania — Simon Woodroffe, founder of YO! Sushi

The Gentleman‘s Journal Podcast

Our guest on today’s episode is Simon Woodroffe, the founder of YO! Sushi. Simon had never opened a restaurant before when he launched YO! Sushi in Soho in 1997 — and at first, it seemed like the robot waiters, smoke-extracting ashtrays and raw fish served off conveyor belts might be too much for Londoners to get their heads around. But they soon fell in love with it, of course — and it was Simon’s gung-ho spirit and experimental ideas, in fact, that made the brand such a colossal hit. We recorded this episode on Simon’s beautiful house boat on Cheyne Walk on the Thames — and the conversation bobbed along nicely from Simon’s early days as a set designer for rock and roll acts, to the reasons why he decide to leave Dragons Den, and even his dream to bring private islands to the masses. Enjoy!


20 Mar 2020

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SIMON WOODROFFE - Founder Yo! Sushi

Food Motion Network

In this episode, Peter sits down with Simon Woodroffe, Founder of Yo! Sushi, Yo! Home and Yotel. Simon launched Yo! Sushi at the age of 40 following a suggestion by a Japanese friend to launch a conveyer-belt sushi restaurant in London. He was thinking big from day one and used his experience in show-business to create a restaurant that was truly unique and note-worthy. Simon went on to grow one of the most renowned restaurant groups in the World. This is an inspiring story full of ambition and innovation! Enjoy!


5 Mar 2020

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Episode 90: Yo! Sushi, Simon Woodroffe, workplace relationships, fundraising, Bank of England

Big Business Briefs

News, views and reviews from the world of business.Heather Noble & Tracy Jones present The Business Community on Calon FM, Episode 90.Find out more about this show, the presenters, Calon FM and previous episodes at www.thebusiness.community.


7 Nov 2019

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Simon Woodroffe: YO! Sushi - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth

The Makers Podcast

Simon Woodroffe OBE is an English motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He started the sushi chain YO! Sushi in 1997, and appeared as a "Dragon" on the first UK series of Dragons' Den. Woodroffe conceived and launched YO! Sushi after an early spell in television. - The Makers Podcast by Ollie Forsyth


26 Nov 2018

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YO! Sushi Group Founder & Amery Capital Founder Simon Woodroffe & Maurice Helfgott: Shaper on Shaper Special

Jazz Shapers

Shaper on Shaper is where we welcome back TWO former guests together where they ask the questions and learn from each other.Simon is the man who created the YO! Group of brands. Maurice is the man behind Amery Capital. Two very different backgrounds, but both hugely successful.Jazz Shapers in association with Mishcon de Reya broadcasts every Saturday at 9am, with a repeat on Monday at 5am, just before the Business Breakfast.Presented by broadcaster and Mishcon de Reya’s Director of Business Development Elliot Moss, Jazz Shapers shares music from the risk takers, leaders and influencers of jazz, soul and blues, alongside interviews with their equivalent in the business world: entrepreneurs who have defined and shaped business categories and ways of operating, defying convention and have gone on to achieve great success.With more than 900 people, Mishcon de Reya is an independent London-based law firm that serves an international community of clients. In their words: "We appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside our clients as a trusted advisor. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their businesses is important to us. It is for these reasons we say ‘It’s business. But it’s personal.'


10 Sep 2018

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Simon Woodroffe: Entrepreneur, Founder Of Yo! Sushi

Great Traits Project

Simon is a maverick entrepreneur. He is the founder of YO! Sushi, YOTEL, YO! Home and all things YO! Simon left school at the age of 16 with just two o-levels. He spent 30 years in the entertainment business designing and staging concerts for many artists, including The Moody Blues, Madness, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and George Michael. In 1997 Simon founded YO! Sushi, the UK’s only conveyor belt sushi bar. The concept turned dining out into a complete entertainment experience, featuring call buttons, robot drinks trolleys and Japanese TV. The first restaurant opened in the heart of Soho and became an overnight phenomenon. Today, YO! Sushi continues to expand both at home and abroad and has opened 100 restaurants serving 6 million customers each year.  Simon was an original “Dragon” on BBC Two’s worldwide hit program Dragons’ Den, making (and breaking) the dreams of would-be entrepreneurs pitching business ideas for financing. Simon continues to develop new YO! brands today. YOTEL, is Simon’s solution to boring and expensive hotels and with YO! Home, he has re-invented the city apartment. On this podcast we talk about goal setting, taking risks, self belief, set backs, the concept of luck, happiness and lifestyle.


6 Aug 2017

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Simon Woodroffe

Beyond Busy

Guest Simon Woodroffe Motivational speaker and entrepreneur, who started the sushi chain Yo! Sushi in 1997, and appeared as a dragon on the first UK series of Dragons’ Den Graham talks to entrepreneur, founder of Yo! Sushi and original dragon on Dragons’ Den , Simon Woodroffe. They discuss his story from counting every penny to depositing millions in his current account, and are joined by a special guest, a professional sailor embarking on a remarkable expedition. Go further Yo! Home, which uses Simon’s background in scene design to maximise living space Yo! Row, Lia Ditton’s solo rowing expedition from Japan to San Francisco Subscribe to Think Productive’s monthly tips newsletter Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company Think Productive. This podcast is produced by Origin.


10 Nov 2016