Simon Hulme is a professional business angel, management consultant and non-executive director.
He has a highly successful track record in business, and now devotes his time to raising funding for SMEs and delivering management consultancy. Funding comes from his own resources as well as a wider group of business angels.
Simon is a serial entrepreneur having built up and sold two significant businesses in the past 25 years. 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 Olive 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.