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SIMON HULME

business angel, programme director UCL School of Management, mentor and non-executive director

Simon is an accomplished business angel, management consultant, professional mentor and non-executive director

 

He has a highly successful track record in business, and now devotes his time to lecturing, raising funding for SME’s and delivering management consultancy. Funding comes from his own personal resources as well as a wider group of business angels.

 

Simon is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Programme Director of the MSc Entrepreneurship programme at the UCL School of Management.

 

Background

Simon Hulme is a serial entrepreneur having built up and sold two significant businesses in the past 25 years. His entrepreneurial history has been written about in Dr Rob Yeung’s book 'The Extra One Per Cent: How small changes make exceptional people’.

 

At the age of 24 he started his first business, Frame Express, a chain of fast picture framing shops and built this to 16 outlets. In 1989 he sold it to a public company, The Oliver Group Plc.

 

Simon then started Card Connection in 1992, a greeting card publisher distributing through over 100 franchisees in the UK and Ireland. The business was widely regarded as one of the best-run franchises in the UK, and was in the Top 10 publishers in the greeting card industry. The business was sold to UK Greetings (the British subsidiary of American Greetings Inc) in March 2008.

 

Since selling Card Connection, Simon has invested in around 40 businesses. He was also a mentor on the highly acclaimed Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme for 3.5 years.

About Simon

Angel Investments

Some other Angel Networks

  • Looking for angel investment?

    Simon Hulme only co-invests alongside other experienced business angels. This has the added advantage of not only access to more funds, but also greater expertise.

     

    Simon is one of the most active members of the Surrey Investors Club whose members have invested in numerous businesses over the past decade. The Surrey Investors Club also works closely with the Angels 5K Network and other angel networks throughout London and South East.

     

    So if you are looking for funding, get in touch. Simon can either help personally or put you in touch with someone else with experience in your sector. There are not usually any sector limitations, however, Simon does not invest in medical products or devices (but other angels in the networks mentioned do, of course).

     

    London, South, and South East, and are the primary geographical areas of interest.

  • Some helpful hints before getting in touch ➞

    • Business angels expect to see a properly constituted plan. They will not respond to just an idea/concept. If emailing Simon please send an Executive Summary initially.
    • It is hard to get angel funding if you are not at or beyond ‘proof of concept’ stage. Before this stage you are best to try and get funding from friends, family, or banks.
    • Your past track record and that of any team is extremely important.
    • You must have put in money yourself and be prepared to put in more in the future, even if it is in small amounts.
    • Although there are no limitations to sectors of interest, inevitably it is biased towards growth markets. It is hard to attract angel funding in a market that is static or in decline.
    • UK based business angels are unlikely to be interested in overseas angel investments. This is because the special tax incentives given by HMRC will not apply (such as the EIS and SEIS Schemes). In addition, there will be other risks relating to currency, culture, local legislation etc., which will be hard to quantify, and consequently make overseas investments considerably less attractive.

     

A selection of Simon's active investments

Real Media Now
Real Media Now
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New Motion Labs
New Motion Labs
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Bluwireless Technology
Bluwireless Technology
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Vigilant Apps
Vigilant Apps
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Genesis Technical Systems
Genesis Technical Systems
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The Call Sheet
The Call Sheet
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One Utility Bill
One Utility Bill
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Educational speaking

Simon is Programme Director of MSc Entrepreneurship at UCL School of Management, based at Canary Wharf. He also is a Senior Teaching Fellow and lectures in Entrepreneurial Finance.

 

Simon is a regular speaker / lecturer on business topics, and has spoken at various events at UCL, Kingston University, Surrey University, Westminster University, Brunel University, Academy of National Economy (Moscow), and at various business angel events. Topics have included:

 

  • Lessons and experiences from two start-ups
  • Business angel funding
  • Understanding the financial statements
  • The power of franchising
  • Brand architypes & Business Model Canvass

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