Business Angel Investment

 

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 The FSE Group. The FSE Group offers a number of funds, some of which require matched funding from business angels. The FSE Group currently operates funds in the South East and East of England Regions and has over £50m of funds under management.

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.

Some useful links to other angel networks



www.surreyinvestorsclub.org.uk


www.thefsegroup.com



www.henleybusinessangels.com



www.angels5k.co.uk


www.tvin.co.uk


 


 

Recommendations

Simon Hulme has been working with me a Non- Executive Director of The Love Taste Co. since September 2013 when he became an investor. He is by far the best Non-Executive Director I've ever worked with. He's very knowledgeable and always able to provide a practical solution to business issues. He responds quickly, he's reliable and working with him has greatly contributed to the growth of the business. In short he's been fantastic for LTC and I have no hesitation in recommending him.”

Richard Canterbury, Founder & Managing Director, Love Taste Co.


 

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