Put very simply, I’m a big thinker that loves to innovate and make a difference! I like to think out creative online ideas, bring them to fruition and push personal boundaries everyday. I really enjoy what I do. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. I’m highly positive and know that when I apply myself, I can achieve almost anything! I am a strong believer in continuous personal development, you are never too old to stop learning. I used to think it was all about the amount of effort you put in, but now I realise it’s more about how you think, then act.

I set up AccommodationforStudents.com (AFS) in 2000 with my business partner William Berry, after having first hand difficulty in finding student accommodation. Today the website attracts over 3 million unique visitors a year and helps students find accommodation in 16 different countries.

In 2004, I set up Conferences-UK.org.uk (part of ConferencesGroup), again with my business partner William Berry, after identifying there was a gap in the market for an ‘Expert’ Venue Finding Agency in the Conference Industry. Today the business supports over 75,000 SME’s find conference and meeting venues both in the UK and Internationally.

Simon Thompson