Looking for business funding?

We are funding experts who believe that business funding requires a personal touch. With over 140 years of combined experience in banking and finance, we find our customers the right solutions for their needs. 
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At the heart of it, we believe business is a people to people thing – not a computer says yes or no. That’s why we believe in great conversations between real people. We take time to understand your business and our people will personally look after your needs and help you find the right funding.

Funding Friends operates as a commercial finance broker and is not a lender.

Funding Friends Limited is a full member of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) and operates under its code of practice.

Our team of funding experts

Directors

Jonathan Rostron

CEO

Prior to becoming a founder of Funding Friends Ltd, Jonathan worked at HSBC, RBS/Natwest, Santander and Shawbrook Bank. Jonathan has extensive experience helping SME and Corporate businesses with funding and making their ambitions turn into realities.

Working at this range of funders gave Jonathan a reliable network of contacts which he now uses to identify the right funder for a client’s requirements.

As an experienced buy-to-let landlord, Jonathan has a passion for property finance. He brings practical know how into the process of securing great deals for investors.

When he is not running Funding Friends and helping businesses secure finance you’ll find Jonathan being a busy Dad. He’s also renovating an old Victorian Vicarage which he keeps on promising his wife will “only take a few more years”.

Damian McGann

Exec Chair

Damian has over 30 years’ experience advising SME’s and Corporates on sourcing the most appropriate funding to support their business aspirations.

Damian previously held executive positions at Multi-National banks directly assisting SMEs and funders with growth plans.

Damian’s appreciation of the Fintech environment and emerging lending trends was a catalyst for the creation of Funding Friends.

Damian’s particular areas of specialism are in growth and succession finance such as MBOs / BIMBOS as well as a strong affinity with the hospitality sector.

Married to Louise, with two teenagers, Damian enjoys golf / keeping fit and reading when he is not working either in the day job or running dad’s taxi service.

Authorised Representatives

Our Authorised Representatives are insured and authorised by Funding Friends to work with businesses nationally and obtain funding directly from our panel of lenders.

Chris Parnell

Funding Friend

Chris has over 35 years’ experience in finance, latterly as a Relationship Director with Lloyds Banking Group specialising in Real Estate Finance where he agreed over £250m of deals for investors and developers over the last few years.

He has significant expertise in all commercial banking areas as well as many leadership roles across the finance industry.

Chris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds a BSc Honours degree in Finance.

Outside work Chris has grown up children and enjoys sport and travel.

Stuart Barrie

Funding Friend

Stuart previously worked at Barclays Bank for 38 years, undertaking a variety of roles including front line corporate sales director, credit manager and recoveries manager. 

Stuart has extensive experience of lending, supporting and advising SME clients with particular expertise in the Healthcare sector.  In addition to his roles at Barclays, Stuart has also been the Chair of a not-for-profit care home for adults with disabilities and currently sits on the board of a not-for-profit social housing company.

 

Mike Gascoigne

Funding Friend

Mike joined Funding Friends after a career in banking at Lloyds Banking Group, latterly in their Real Estate team. Having started in 1983, Mike has been in the funding world for over 39 years, helping businesses achieve their ambitions.
 
Mike has extensive experience working with property related lending. He now supports developers secure funding for their projects and helps landlords of commercial and residential property to achieve the best rates and grow their portfolios.
 

Based in Morpeth, Mike is passionate about the North East.

Andrew Robertson

Funding Friend

Andrew worked for 35 years with Bank of Scotland. Based in the North East of Scotland, over the years he has a wide range of sector experience including hotels, hospitality, retail, leisure, property and food. 

In recent years, he specialised in the energy services sector, dealing with owner managed, private equity backed and listed companies.

Andrew has significant experience in structuring deals, growth funding, trade finance, working capital finance, asset backed lending, cross currency positions, complex structures, advanced anti-money laundering requirements and negotiation of facility documentation.

Andrew is a Member of the Chartered Banker Institute and also holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University.

Married to Fiona with 2 late teens children, Andrew enjoys playing golf, trying to keep fit and travelling (when permitted)!

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Lisa Wall-Hester

Funding Friend

Lisa started her career as an auditor in private practice but decided early on to make the switch into commercial finance. She worked her way up the corporate ladder with several major blue-chips and is a time-served CFO. 

After many years working in London and the Middle East she returned to her roots in Lancashire and for the last eight years has been an independent funding consultant and finance broker.

She has a passion for business finance and fund raising and has co-authored some business books and published works on this subject.

When she is not working, she is a hobby silversmith and can be found scouring auctions for antique and vintage jewellery to repair and restore.

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Charles Ayton

Funding Friend

Charles has over 35 years experience in the finance sector, more latterly as Head of Commercial at a  specialist London brokerage. Prior to this, he had a distinguished career at Lloyds Banking Group, where in his last role he headed up the Commercial Personal Banking team in the SME sector. 

He is well versed in the real estate sector, typically supporting SME clients across all their funding requirements with a speciality in development, investment and asset finance.

Charles hails from the North of England, having been brought up within a family construction business, completed further education at Leeds Univesity with an Honours degree in Civil Engineering with Architecture. He has since moved progressively south and now lives in Haselmere, Surry and can support clients across the whole of the South of England.

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Nathan Foster

Funding Friend

Nathan is a seasoned Business Finance Specialist. Having previously worked with a large London-based brokerage, Nathan has honed his abilities and gained a profound understanding of the financial landscape. His positive energy has resulted in strong and long-lasting relationships within the industry. 

Nathan’s dedication to his work is underpinned by a commitment to helping businesses secure the financial help they need to flourish. He believes that sound financial advice and strategic planning can be the cornerstone of business success.

Nathan’s experience lies in a diverse spectrum of financial solutions and where he truly shines is as a specialist in unsecured funding, helpgin businesses secure the financial support they need quickly and without the hassle of collateral.

In addition to his professional prowess, Nathan leads a life that’s equally vibrant. He’s an adventurer at heart. He loves travelling, cooking and good beer! 

This could be you!

Funding Friend

We are always looking for great people to join our team. If you are looking to become an Appointed Representative (AR), or if you are already an AR looking for a new home, we could be a perfect match.

Our AR’s typically come from a finance background and a good understanding of banking and financial services is essential. 

We also look for people who have good networks and have the drive to interact and support businesses in their quest for funding.

We also work with introducers, so if you’d like to introduce business to us we’d also welcome the conversation.

This could be you!

Funding Friend

We are always looking for great people to join our team. If you are looking to become an Appointed Representative (AR), or if you are already an AR looking for a new home, we could be a perfect match.

Our AR’s typically come from a finance background and a good understanding of banking and financial services is essential. 

We also look for people who have good networks and have the drive to interact and support businesses in their quest for funding.

We also work with introducers, so if you’d like to introduce business to us we’d also welcome the conversation.

Introducers

Established introducers of business to Funding Friends who operate independently through their own companies.

Jonny Fletcher

Introducer

After starting his career at Halifax Bank, Jonny quickly moved up the ranks to Banking Advisor and then moved to the Bank of Queensland in Australia where he became a Mortgage Advisor & Assistant Branch Manager. Moving away from personal finance, Jonny began his journey in commercial finance with a well-known engineering company, Armstrong International, which took him all over the world, meeting and negotiating with different businesses and executives.

Jonny then moved back to the UK with his wife and two boys where he continued in his key field as a Senior Relationship Manager for the Wesleyan Bank, specialising in the professions & SME sector. It was in this role that Jonny started to build his client base. Most recently an opportunity was presented to Jonny to help build a new funder in the North-West.

Understanding the current struggle businesses face, that funding from traditional banks is becoming increasingly difficult and time-consuming to secure, Jonny is perfectly placed to assist with a wide panel of lenders and experienced professional contacts at his disposal under the Funding Friends network.

Outside of work if Jonny is not coaching his son’s football team, he’s on taxi duties to other sports activities for the boys, or begrudgingly visiting Old Trafford as a Season Ticket holder.

Manchester | 07932357854

Alistair Aird

Introducer

From life at the coalface of a family SME, via a Finance MBA at Nottingham University Business School, Alistair has over 20 years’ experience working in Corporate Finance and Corporate banking across London and the South-East, typically but not exclusively focused on private businesses.

He has extensive experience of supporting businesses through significant moments of change including Private Equity investment, buying & selling businesses, and supporting innovation & growth.

Prior to joining Funding Friends he worked in the R&D Tax Relief industry, looking to support the UK’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

Outside of work, he has a wife, two children and two dogs, meaning he is the 6th most important person in his house. His love of cooking presents a direct challenge to his cycling hobby. It’s no surprise that his times up the famous nearby Box Hill are rapidly increasing. He also likes to spoil a good walk with some golf clubs when the opportunity presents itself.

Epsom | 07544899356

Stephen Welch

Introducer

Stephen has been in banking since graduating in 1983. He co-founded Santander’s Hotel Finance team which subsequently grew its hotel lending to in excess of £1.0 billion, before joining Bank Leumi as its Senior Relationship Manager, Hotel Finance.

Stephen’s real professional interest lies in the hotel sector – helping owners and developers to fund their operational real estate assets.  Over the years he has funded everything from start-ups and new hotel developments to acquisition finance and refinance for existing trading assets including some very well-known hospitality businesses.

Stephen knows what lenders are looking for when it comes to lending into this specialist sector.

Married to Sarah and with two adult daughters, Stephen also finds time for dog-walking, tennis, parkrunning and hiking including occasional high-altitude treks.

Southampton | 07554501504

Would you like to join us?

Our clients value the ability to work with humans, not machines.  We are always looking for great people who want to work with us. Our Funding Friends are self-employed people, who operate using the Funding Friends platform. They benefit from the governance and support we offer and at the same time benefit from generous fee and commission structures we have negotiated with lenders on the platform. 

What We Provide

All the tools you will need to manage the end to end customer journey and complete a lending applications.

A source of hot leads – when we receive enquiries they are input onto our system for Funding Friends to contact.

Compliance and regulatory support.

Access to a wide range of funding partners across a wide range of products.

A network of Funding Friends who support each other – you are never on your own at Funding Friends.

Generous fee and commission structures.

Authorised Representative (AR) and Introducer-only “I-AR” agreements available.

What We Require

A demonstrated track record in financial services either with lending businesses, brokerages or financial disciplines such as accountancy or restructuring.

A sound knowledge of most financial products and their features, benefits as well as potential risks.

A desire to deliver a first class customer experience.

If this sounds like you, why not get in touch with us at hello@fundingfriends.co.uk

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