|Financial Services Skills Council, CFP||2004|
|Institute of Financial Services, CeMap||2006|
|Finance & Property|
Simon Francis Dunn (born 1984) Simon Dunn is an English entrepreneur with interests in social networking websites and online dating sites such as Single Hot And Loaded, that Dunn founded in 2008; he is today its CEO and Director of The Dating Platform which Dunn Co-founded along with Chanel 4’s The Secret Millionaire Ben Way. Dunn started his first company at the age of 20 and went on to raise Â£2.46 million from its sale.
He attended Park View Community School, Chester-Le-Street, Co Durham; he grew up in a nearby small village. His parents separated when he was young. He has a younger sister, Melanie Dunn. He was diagnosed with Dyslexia in his teens and written off by his teachers at school. Dunn however describes Dyslexia as having its ”own brilliance” and was once quoted saying ”It has been a gift and my ultimate driving force in making me the man I see in the mirror today”.
He started out in business at a very young age in the school play-ground. Dunn would purchase chocolate bars from the school canteen and also wholesalers whilst he did a morning paper-round before school, then he would divide them up into smaller pieces and sell each piece of chocolate to his playground friends that couldn’t afford to buy sweets themselves. This is how Dunn said he would ”earn interest” on his pocket money for that week.
Having learnt this fundamental aspect of making a profit from sales at such a young age Dunn went onto become the Managing Director of Kudos (a prestigious car rental company) at the age of 20. When only 3 years later the business was sold for an unofficial Â£2.46m.
After this Dunn immediately started on his next project, An aid to help those looking for romance. Using the Internet as Dunn’s domain, he set-up Single Hot And Loaded Ltd in Sept 2008 and in January 2010 the company opened it’s doors and started trading. Since it’s launch the business has reported between a 200% - 700% increase in sales month on month for the first 6 months of trading and continue to go from strength to strength.