Simon Lee Shugar

software developer & red headed entrepreneur


Welcome to my site, I am Simon Lee Shugar a red headed entrepreneur, software developer, blogger and creative writer. Stay with me as I develop my portfolio and website.

About Me


I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton at the age of 23 with a degree in Computer Science. I have been a managing director of my own web development company and published my own writing (though you'd never expect what I have written).

I am currently working as a Web Developer at Zinc Ahead Ltd developing a web based application for pharmaceutical companies globally.

Languages I use: C#, ASP.Net, Java, PHP5, Javascript, msSQL, mySQL, XML, (X)HTML, HTML5, CSS3

Want to know more? View my blogs or connect with me via a social network. Looking for a software or web developer? Check out my Curriculum Vitae

What's new?

2012-05-08 :: New position: Junior Web Developer at Zinc Ahead LTD
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2012-05-08 :: New position: Junior Web Developer at Zinc Ahead LTD

I have really enjoyed my time and value the experience I gained from Risk Free UK Ltd. However I have recently moved on and now working at a company based in Oxford where I originally grew up and my family live.

I am now a Junior Web Developer at Zinc Ahead Ltd. First day on the job today and very much enjoyed my time there, looking forward to the future.

2012-04-11 :: New writing blog up and running!
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2012-04-11 :: New writing blog up and running!

Hello readers, followers and my odd stalker, I've started up a new blog to work on inspriation to one of my life goals, writing a book! Feel free to visit the blog at...... 100 Stories I may never write

2012-02-26 :: Recommendations panel added
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2012-02-26 :: Recommendations panel added

Recently adding a recommendations panel to show the entrepreneur's or small business's I'm interested in so take a look at the bottom of the page!
I used Tiny Carousel for the slider visit: Tiny Carousel to take a look at light weight Jquery plugin!

Curriculum Vitae:: Simon Lee Shugar's

About me

I hope by viewing this website you consider me to be a creative individual who's ready to take the initiative. My three main interests are computing, boxing and badminton. I believe these have given me great leadership & teamwork skills as well as improving my problem solving abilities. Professionally I have an interest in web development / applications which also extends to future web and social media trends, in which I wrote my dissertation on the subject.


2007-2011: University Of Wolverhampton:
BSc Computer Science (final grade 2.2)

2004-2007: King Alfred's Sixth Form:
4 'A' levels - Physics, Maths, Computing and Media Studies.

1999-2004: King Alfred's secondary school:
11 GCSEs (A - C) including Maths, English, Advanced Sciences.

Work History

2011-Current: (May 2011 - Current)
Risk Free UK LTD - Software Developer

My role at Risk Free involves development of a web based application for financial institutions (insurance companies, broker, mortgage & bridging lenders and banks). It is important that I have a decent knowledge of the market and client's we develop for as we are typically well involved with our client's and the communication between us helps us develop their system accordingly. The applications I developed in Risk Free range from web based applications for the main frame to integrated API's and web services. A few examples of what I have integrated with are; IBM MQ Websphere, BankVal and PostcodeAnywhere
Languages Used: C#, ASP.NET, MicrosoftSQL, Javascript (AJAX), XHTML, CSS.

2009-2010: (Sept 09 - Sept 2010)
Core Five Studios LTD - Managing Director

An entrepreneur scheme (SPEED WM) at the University Of Wolverhampton led to the development of owning my own company. I decided to start a web development company, my responsiblities ranged as expected for a start up company however development wise I developed website's in PHP, Javascript and MySQL, from start up static website's to dynamic database driven website's for established business's. My experience lead me to many networking events and gave me a full understanding of small business's and their needs.
Languages Used: PHP, Javascript (AJAX, Jquery), MySQL

2009-2010: (June 09 - Jan 10)
PJS Installations - Installer & Screen Programmer

PJS Installations is a Audio Visual installations company. They are involved on large projects such as university lecture theatres. My responsibilities were programming of lecture thearte touch screens written in a basic version of C# and hardware installation & wiring. I also developed their website as part of Core Five Studios LTD.
Please visit here to see their site PJS Installations.
Languages Used: C

Waitrose - Check Assistant

The reason I believe this position is still vital for my curriculum vitae is due to two reasons. The first being the level of customer service, the amount of customer service and communications skills taught to employee's to be able to deal with customers, I believe highly in good communication skills. The second reason for mentioning this position is the level of commitment and loyality I had with the company, I hope this reflects well upon my future positions.
Languages Used: N/A

Positions of Responsibility

Student Representative Telford

As a holder of this position I was also a member of the student council helping to make decisions that effected student's lives, during this time I also worked to help advertise and maintain the student union on Telford. I ran and helped oversee events hosted by the student union. I believe this position gave me brilliant teamleading and communicational skills. An achievement I would like to mention is I was responsible for getting the union refurbished.

Mystic Kingdom Game Development

Managed a development team for an on-line game, creating graphics, training and programming of the system. Programming was done in C++ however the system was built on a 2d Physics engine. As leader of this project I oversaw the development from initial design to final product.
Remnants of the game can be found at the Mystic Kingdom Wiki

Programming Languages

mySQL, msSQL, PHP, ASP.Net 3.5 C#, C++, Java, Visual Basic, XHTML, CSS, XML.


- Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and most other Microsoft applications.
- Basic knowledge in design applications such as Smartdraw & GIMP.
- Full UK Drivers license


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