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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

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.

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.

Fiona O'Hanlon

Marketing and Growth Intern

Fiona O'Hanlon

Marketing and Growth Intern

Fiona manages our social media accounts and is currently studying Business and Marketing at Regents University London. Driven by her passion for entrepreneurship and marketing, Fiona has previously built a photography business where she photographed and ran social media campaigns for many global brands such as Hollister and Brandy Melville.

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.

Sam Wright

Growth Associate

Sam Wright

Growth Associate

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.

Tom Lovelace

Head of Partnerships

Tom Lovelace

Head of Partnerships

Tom began his career in Corporate Finance at Deloitte before moving into the tech sector. He worked in Business Development at Mimecast and Leverton AI, after which he completed his MBA at Cambridge University. Tom is a big Brighton & Hove Albion fan and usually spends his weekends disappointed at the Amex stadium or running down the Thames Path.

Maddie Pogson

Growth Manager

Maddie Pogson

Growth Manager

Maddie studied Biomedical Sciences at University of Edinburgh. Driven by her passion for nutrition and sustainability, she furthered her career at a number of early stage, high growth plant-based food startups. With a desire to form her own entrepreneurial path, Maddie graduated NEF+, a program to develop entrepreneurial skills by the Centre for Entrepreneurs.

Joe Foster

Credit Risk Analyst

Joe Foster

Credit Risk Analyst

Joe joined us from Credit Portfolio Management at Barclays, where he focused on the pricing and structuring of debt facilities across the Retail, Tech & Media, and Real Estate sectors. Joe is passionate about the mental health of young people, and a trustee of The Wolfpack Project, a charity dedicated to reducing loneliness and social isolation amongst young adults.

Hasam Silva

Managing Director

Hasam Silva

Managing Director

Hasam spent four years in the British Army before progressing through the ranks at Bank of America and PayPal, alongside founding two startups. Hasam is passionate about re-imagining business lending for entrepreneurs, and is using his expertise to improve the offerings for founders. Hasam recently rekindled his youth by doing his motorbike exam.

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