The history of Stopwatch Property

Stopwatch Property Ltd was set up in 2017 by Sam Elliott-Smith and Simon Lane, with two operating companies to build on the directors’ joint skills and experience. Stopwatch Living Ltd provides co-living houses in Exeter and Stopwatch Developments Ltd has small to medium sized developments and conversions mainly in the South West. Our aim is to create high quality co-living houses with a top service and fast response rate as well as developing high end houses and apartments for customers in the South West of England.

With growing legislative responsibilities, being a landlord is increasingly onerous. If you are looking to step out of managing or owning your property or whole portfolio, we can buy or guarantee your rent on your properties over a number of years.

Meet the Stopwatch Property team

We have a growing team at Stopwatch, headed up by the two directors who oversee the wider team of internal and external assistants and professionals.

Simon Lane

Simon Lane


Simon Lane is a greatly skilled business professional with decades of experience in founding and running businesses in a range of sectors including property refurbishment, social enterprise and design and manufacturing. He has managed over a hundred staff in his former manufacturing, import & export business. He has a comprehensive understanding of business departments, which has led to him taking up invitations to speak at schools and colleges to young entrepreneurs and to act as a business consultant in the South West.

Following the sale of his successful business, Simon spent the last twelve years working on over thirty property refurbishment and development projects for both himself and his clients. These included listed conversions as well as buy-to-lets, growing his own portfolio in the process. His attention to detail and quality have produced profitable results. He brings this additional practical building knowledge to Stopwatch, enabling an effective understanding and communication with the trades during projects.

Simon is a great team player and problem solver. He inspires and motivates others with his conversation, always taking the time for people wherever he goes. His effective interpersonal skills and warm personality enable him to attract and match together property deals and private investments in his normal day’s work.

Sam Elliott-Smith

Sam Elliott-Smith


Sam Elliott-Smith is a highly driven, technically skilled and focussed business professional. During her career, she worked as a marketeer for a number of years whilst in her spare time, she was renovating, developing and project managing her own residential properties including the re-design and renovation of a Victorian barn conversion.

After having her children, she retrained in heritage design, founded and ran her business for a range of clients with Grade I & II* listed buildings, including the National Trust and Lord Devon at Powderham Castle. She mainly worked with commercial clients, analysing, researching, planning, managing and executing a range of design, refurbishment and development projects. Sam also taught interior design through a series of workshops and presentations to developers and to the tourism industry.

Desiring more autonomy over the properties and projects, Sam then began investing in Exeter and started with commercial leases (rent-to-rent), creating co-living accommodation for working professionals in Exeter and followed this up with a year’s training in commercial conversions before setting up the Stopwatch group of companies with Simon Lane.

Sam’s attention to detail and analytical approach whilst being able to see the bigger picture consistently delivers high quality results, making her a natural project manager. Her warm, yet determined personality makes it easy for her to connect with all the company’s stakeholders ensuring excellent customer, investor and agent relations.

About Stopwatch Property

At Stopwatch Property we provide high-end co-living accommodation for working professionals in Exeter and develop and convert existing property throughout the South West. With an ever-increasing reputation for delivering quality, we are relationship focussed, proactively seeking to produce the best product and service in the market for our customers.

Our expanding group of investors always receives a great return on their money, repaid on time, resulting in growing loyalty and repeat investments.

As a company, we are looking to grow both our co-living business and our development business over the coming years.

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