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We believe that the right money can give you superpowers. It listens. Understands. It’s fair. Flexible. Supportive. That’s why Forward Advances helps companies to grow their way. And to do it with confidence.

Behind the words is a passionate team that prioritises people and partnerships. Read more about us and get to know the team below. Want to know more about our service? Don’t take our word for it, check us out on TrustPilot.

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Value driven, customer obsessed.

We started Forward Advances because we believe that financing for digital SMEs simply doesn’t work as well as it should - and that means that many great businesses don’t reach their potential.

Our values aren’t just flashy slogans. They’re core beliefs that mean we prioritise our customers and partners first to build great long-term relationships founded on shared success, fairness and trust.

We do what’s right.

Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing. At Advances we’re selective on who we fund. It means that when we’re in, we’re really in: ready to answer your call, tailor an offer to suit and to help you grow. It’s a guiding principle that makes us the most human finance provider out there.

We’re human.

On the topic of being human, we believe that financing shouldn’t just be run by tech platforms and algorithms, because that’s not how your business runs either. It means every Advance we offer has been discussed by our team. That our offers are built around you. And our team is on hand to help where we can. We see long-lasting relationships rather than lock-ins as the best way to grow.

We’re in your corner.

We've built our business to help you succeed. Whether you’re seizing an opportunity, supplying demand or looking for your next growth channel. Our team - and Forward’s not-for-profit startup studio are here to offer you more than money.

Meet the team

Sam Wright

Funding Manager

Sam Wright

Funding Manager

Sam studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. During this time, he began to explore his entrepreneurial interests, utilising his passion and knowledge for fashion to launch a fashion re-marketing business. Sam has spent time in the Corporate, Start-up and Scale-up space and joins us from the Commercial team at JustPark, where he helped establish the fastest-growing EV charging network in the U.K alongside his participation on the NEF+ program.

Tara Hunt

Marketing Manager

Tara Hunt

Marketing Manager

Tara has worked in both corporate and start-up environments across a range of Financial and Fintech spaces, including a private markets investment platform, an insurance house and most recently, revenue-based financing.

Tara is passionate about working with innovative SMEs with a particular love for burger start-ups.

Natalie Falconer

Head of People & Talent

Natalie Falconer

Head of People & Talent

Nat has previously worked in start ups, scale ups and larger corporates in a People/Talent and Employment capacity. Nat has previous VC experience working for Kindred Capital VC and been a founder herself in HR Tech. Nat is passionate about nailing the basics for companies when it comes to their People and is on a continual train to move away from traditional HR and move into impactful people projects with a heavy slant on psychology within the workplace and beyond, allowing people to be their best self always.

Dilbara Esenbek

Credit Risk Analyst

Dilbara Esenbek

Credit Risk Analyst

Dilbara started her career at a commercial bank in Central Asia. As a Head of Underwriting, she managed the SME and corporate loan portfolio. To pivot into the fintech industry, she joined MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School. Dilbara is passionate about digital lending and start-ups.

Nick Shastri

Associate Credit Risk Analyst

Nick Shastri

Associate Credit Risk Analyst

Nick graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Industrial Economics. After graduating, he started his entrepreneur journey in the design space which evolved into various businesses including a clothing brand and brand agency.

Alongside design, Nick has a background in Data Analytics, E-commerce & SME Lending. Nick is passionate about start-ups and businesses with a keen interest in developing innovative finance products and creating businesses to solve lucrative problems.

Euan Dixon

Funding Manager

Euan Dixon

Funding Manager

Euan is one of our resident antipodeans, having joined us from New Zealand. Outside of work, Euan loves outdoor sports and recently completed his first half-marathon in Copenhagen.

Dave Carter

Head of Operations

Dave Carter

Head of Operations

Prior to joining Forward Advances, Dave was at McKinsey & Co for 5 years and spent time working in Toronto before coming back to the UK. Since then, he's been working with start-ups to help them grow, scale and mature. A proud pawrent to his two dogs Winnie and Dolly, Dave is currently also restoring a Chevy Pickup.

Satnaam Dusanj

Head of Revenue

Satnaam Dusanj

Head of Revenue

Prior to Advances, Satnaam was one of the first hires at Funding Options, leading its sales & commercial team to become one of the largest SME credit brokers in the UK. He deeply admires (and envies) business owners and founders. In his own words, they're truly a special breed in how they risk so much of their time and energy to building great companies. Outside of work, you'll find him swimming, cycling and running, and never in that order.

Thomas Salmon

Business Development Manager

Thomas Salmon

Business Development Manager

Thomas has worked in financial services for over 8 years, with the last three being in or working with start ups. He enjoys the start-up journey and admires all founders and business owners as he have seen what it takes to become the best. Away from work, Thomas is a football fanatic and you will always catch him travelling to new countries and places as often as possible!

Nic Brisbourne

CEO

Nic Brisbourne

CEO

Nic is the founder and CEO of Forward Advances and Forward Partners. He has worked in venture capital in London and Silicon Valley for over 20 years. Prior to founding Forward Partners in 2013, he was a founding Partner at leading venture capital firm Draper Esprit. Before entering the venture capital industry he worked as a strategy consultant for Gemini Consulting and at London based startup Operis Group plc.

Outside of Forward he’s a proud husband and father of two teenage kids and a long-time season ticket holder at Chelsea Football Club. He’s developed a keen interest in mindfulness and philosophy that’s proved to be a great asset at home, at work and as a supporter of the aforementioned club.

Sophia Awan

Partnership Manager

Sophia Awan

Partnership Manager

Sophia brings a decade of experience from the finance sector, having worked previously for start ups and large corporates.

Beginning her career in Zurich, Sophia provided financial consultancy during the week while hitting the ski slopes on weekends. She later joined RBS Asset Based Lending providing mid-corporates with working capital solutions. Sophia transitioned to an IT consultancy as a Business Development Manager which introduced her to the world of tech. She has now found herself combining her curiosity of the digital space with financial solutions.

Sophia is passionate about making a difference by helping businesses flourish, realise their goals and positively impact and change lives.

Chris Fursdon

Business Development Manager

Chris Fursdon

Business Development Manager

Having worked in business finance for most of Chris' career with a focus on start-ups, Revenue Based Finance is something that really excites Chris and he believes is the future of business finance. Chris is excited to be part of a team on the forefront of the innovation and movement, helping founders and SMEs.

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