Simon Showman

Simon Showman

Simon began his career working for an auctioneer before founding Ultimate Products in 1997. Initially a clearance business buying discontinued and excess stock, with investment from Barry Franks who became the majority shareholder, Simon was able to grow the business into the full service sourcing and importing operation we see today. During the early 2000s, Simon began to source regular products from countries around the globe such as Portugal, Vietnam and, in time, from China. This led to investment by Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), enabling Simon to become the Chief Executive Officer and largest management shareholder in 2005. As the company grew, Simon was able to use his increasing knowledge to change the focus of the business in 2014, moving away from own label and unbranded products to fine-tuning key brands. This led to the buyout of LDC’s shareholding using personal money and support from HSBC. Simon leads the Group’s international expansion strategy and is directly responsible for the key trading functions of sales and buying, continuing to be the driving force behind the ongoing development of the Group, always striving for progression and innovation.

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