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David Grosse

Managing Director

David is the founder of Number Eight Business Finance heading up a team of experienced professionals. With over 30 years experience in this marketplace, he is highly regarded in his field. He has vast experience as a lender, business owner and advisor. He is therefore best placed, and has the required empathy, to work with all parties involved in the raising of finance. Statistically, David has been able to ensure a c.95% success rate for the businesses that he has worked with over the past 5 years. Moving into the future, his passion is to ensure that every business owner is aware of the business finance options that are available to them and hopes to play a major role in achieving this.
His personal life is consumed by his family and his passion for rugby...hence the company name! Following in his father's footsteps, David joined Saracens at the age of 9. Following a period with Harpenden, Salisbury and Romsey rugby clubs, he was forced to retire from injury at the grand old age of 44. All three son's are currently player's at Salisbury and, despite a short and successful coaching career, he can now be found standing on a the touchline somewhere in Wiltshire. His wife, Nathalie, often wonders if life would be a little less rugby dominated if daughter's were part of the Grosse family!

Random Fact: David was once part of a marginally successful 80’s band. As the keyboard player and extrovert, he could be found on many a stage donned in legs warmers and wearing eye liner! 

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Simon Hammond

Regional Director – Corporate Lending

Simon is Regional Director of Number Eight Business Finance with responsibility for new business development. He is a career banker with over 35 years experience in the finance industry including 25 years working in The City of London for a number of UK and European banks. He has enjoyed a successful track record of deal execution and completion over many years. He joined Number Eight at the outset of the venture and is focused on working with clients to ensure the optimum funding solution for their business is delivered.
Married with one grown up daughter he spends his spare time on a variety of sporting activities including golf and sailing whilst also indulging his twin passions for cooking and wine when time permits.

Random Fact: Simon is the reigning champion of the office ‘red wine competition’ aka ‘The Office Wine Off’. The trophy currently takes pride of place on his mantelpiece. Not that being a wine connoisseur or owning his own wine cellar gives him any advantages of course!

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Jonny Kempsey

Regional Director – SME Business Lending

Jonny heads up our SME business division and focuses on working closely with our customers to ensure a prompt and efficient service that will hopefully lead to providing the best advice on the many bespoke lending solutions available. Jonny has a proven track record in deal completion and is consider highly by many small business owners.
Jonny is a young entrepreneur and has previously owned retail, entertainment and food businesses. More recently, in his role as a business consultant, his main passion and focus is to assist other business owners to gain quick access to finance.
Jonny enjoys spending time with both his young family, brewing beer and his running machine where many a mini-marathon has been achieved.

Random Fact: Jonny formed part of a late nineties, early noughties punk rock band! A few of their records achieved top ten status in Eastern Europe and Asia.

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Gary Langan

Regional Director 

Gary is a Regional Director for Number Eight Business Finance and is responsible for Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. For past 34 years, his career has been focused on business finance incorporating banking, asset finance, working capital and development finance. In addition, Gary is able to offer business coaching. He has also forged an excellent working relationship with numerous business owners over the years. In addition, he is well known to many lenders, accountants and business growth hubs. Gary is married with a fifteen year old daughter who he describes as a bundle of joy. He enjoys coastal walking, mountain climbing and is a member and regular player at Carlyon Bay Golf Club, near St.Austell.

Random Fact: Gary published Eighties Pop Idol Paul Young's Cookery Book (following his appearances on Hell's Kitchen and Masterchef). Following the success of the book, Gary, Paul and the team went off on a signing tour around the South West and Mainland Spain

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Craig Varley

Business Finance Expert – South West Region

Craig’s passion is making a difference to his clients businesses. Almost his whole 29 year career with Lloyds bank was in Commercial Banking, for the last 10 years leading teams of Senior Bankers to deliver market leading portfolio growth Craig brings enormous lending expertise both in terms of application and portfolio risk management. Highly effective at a strategic level Craig was Area Director for Lloyds Cornwall taking the business through a number of organisational redesigns and operating at Regional Board level since 2008 bringing wider experience of almost 20 years business coaching and mentoring. Craig combined his experience from Lloyds with other external board positions including 3 years on the Board of Cornwall SSE plus 7 years representing the banking Industry with the highly successful Cornwall Superfast project and he transformed the role and effectiveness of the Banking Industry in Cornwall when he set up the Cornwall Lenders Forum with the CEO of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

Random Fact: Don’t always think Craig will turn up in his pin strip suit, if the sun is shining you might instead find he rocks up on one of his Harley Davidson motorcycles, you’ll hear him before you see him

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Chantal Shaw

Sales & Marketing Executive

Chantal joined Number Eight in December 2017 as Sales and Marketing Executive and is responsible for Marketing, Advertising, Social Media, Customer Retention and Sales support.
She has a wealth of experience in Customer Services, Sales, Marketing, HR and Recruitment and has worked across a number of industry sectors throughout her 11-year career, making her a diverse and energetic member of staff.
Chantal enjoys spending time with her young son, as well as family and friends. In the little spare time available, she enjoys music of all genres and is a keen pianist.

Random Fact: Chantal has featured as an extra for popular Channel 4 reality TV series ‘Made in Chelsea’. She was also a keen dancer and performed in a number of West End shows including ‘Joseph and the Technicoloured Dream Coat’ and ‘Whistle Down the Wind’.

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James Bennett

Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, James takes responsibility for the smooth running of our busy office. He is considered to be the most important person in the company due to his management of our FCA accreditation & systems. James will also add his support to the frontline team when it all gets a bit too manic.
He has 24 years’ operational experience with Barclays Bank before redundancy offered James the opportunity to experience working within other sectors including a regional housing association where he managed their busy and high performing contact centre.
Married with twin boys, he spends much of his time active and focused on enjoying family life, as well as trying to keep in good shape.

Random Fact: James is a bit of a petrol head and lists a Ford Fiesta XR2 (Mark 1) as one of his favourite cars of all time.

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