Who are we & why we started Launch

Find out more about Sally Thompson – CEO of Launch, and her journey to creating the Find Engine.

The Beginning

Launch was conceived by Sally Thompson, the former CEO of Business South.  Her vision was to create a digital market-place for business, based on a new platform, which would positively disrupt the market, providing targeted solutions, encouraging growth, increasing connectivity and enabling the business community to collaborate and drive innovation forward. 

Connecting Business to Business to do more business!

Sally aimed to create a B2B eco-system; a community which would ultimately span the globe, integrating supply chains, enabling market growth and driving business opportunities, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

With the significant technological and digital advancements over the last few years, the product and capability has exceeded expectation, but the foundations remain the same…

Information, Intelligence and Innovation.

Who we are

Sally Thompson

CEO and Founder (Former CEO of Business South & inaugural Wessex Business Woman of the Year)

Tony Lubman

Chairman (Former CEO of a Capita subsidiary)

Adrian Price

Financial Director (Former partner Menzies LLP)

Yunjia Li

Chief Technical Officer (PhD in Computer Science, Enterprise Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering)

David Ralph

AI Engineer, Head of Research

Tom Hewett


Louis Capitanchik


Prof. Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng

Scientific Advisor - (The Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and Executive Director of the Web Science Institute)

Annelies James

Communications Executive

Shirley Pinn

Events Executive

Sarah Johnson

PR and Marketing Executive

How it started

The Journey of Innovation

Launch began as a concept of innovation and asked the key questions. How to innovate? How to grow? How to acquire what your business needs. The result was simple. More connectivity and less time wasted. Business needs results. Launch was born.

Strong Foundations

A business is only as good as the sum of it’s parts. After conception support was needed to drive the project forward. Our excellent supporters, advocates and board continue to steer us with their years of business acumen.

The Digital Age

The timing was crucial. Launch was conceived during a time of huge digital and technological advancements and we were well placed to be on the edge of the newest developments.

Where we are headed

On the Go

We have the vision to continue developing Launch, making it more responsive, more useful and more innovative.


With each new partner, investor and joint venture, we expand and learn more about what business needs. Significant growth is on the horizon. Check out our Opportunities page if you want to get involved.

Global Reach

We already have data from overseas but this can only increase with our growing audience. The world is getting smaller as digital bridges the gap and Launch is at the centre of this revolution.

Be a part of it…

Send message