About the founders of the Course


nigel Simon

Nigel has extensive business experience including 20 years working with a large multinational at board level. For the last 15 years he’s been working with start-ups and small businesses to help them grow. He also mentors, coaches and consults to help entrepreneurs write powerful business plans, raise finance and, more generally to improve their chances of success.

He founded Nigel Simon Hospitality Training in 2018.

He is also a Business Growth Adviser for award winning consultancy Advantage Business Partnerships http://advantagebusinessltd.com; he has his own mentoring & consulting Company, Nigel Simon MCC www.businessmentorslondon.co.uk; and mentors and chairs Launch Panels which award loans and approve mentors for young people starting businesses at the Princes Trust charity. He is also an experienced start up investor & sits on the Board of two of those companies to help boost their performance.



Sam’s career has taken him all over the world, before bringing him back to London to open his first restaurants: Sam’s Brasserie in Chiswick in 2005 and then Harrison’s in Balham in 2007. Before this he was General Manager for Rick Stein’s Operations in Padstow, Cornwall and also spent two years running restaurants in Sydney. Rick and Rebecca Mascarenhas backed him to open his restaurants and have been fabulous mentors to him. Sam’s was voted Time Out Best Local Restaurant, Evening Standard Best Value Restaurant in London and received 2 AA Rosettes for the quality of the food. His name was above the door at both restaurants; his aim was to provide the highest levels of hospitality & customer service alongside high-quality food, using the best seasonal ingredients. It proved to be a winning formula.

In the summer of 2015, after ten fantastic years of trading, he sold both restaurants to The Hawksmoor Group. Since selling he has been consulting for new restaurants and lecturing and teaching at the Hospitality School at Oxford Brookes University – all the time looking for the perfect site for a new restaurant. He has now found this with Sam’s Riverside which opened in Hammersmith in November 2019  https://samsriverside.co.uk



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“Nigel’s experience and level business head really helped us focus on what is truly important for success. He was able to identify and coach us through our shortcomings. He provided some excellent introductions and connections. He also helped keep us motivated and focused during what can be a tricky learning curve”

Ken & Ciara Nally, F Monday’s Coffee, Brixton