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Meet The Team

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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07530 410321
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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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07919 014958
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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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07743 468138
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Rob Anglaret

Regional Director 

Rob's first career was as an insurance underwriter in Lloyds of London, where for 17 years he underwrote a worldwide property portfolio. His second career started 6 years ago when he purchased a small hotel in The New Forest, and has subsequently doubled the turnover and streamlined processes creating a successful business. He discovered first-hand the benefits of using Number Eight Business Finance whilst raising funds for an ambitious extension to the hotel. Rob saw that high street banks where no longer fulfilling their role in providing for small business development. The products, services and advice given by Number Eight provided genuine solutions to his business needs. 
And so, while still running the hotel, Rob has also embarked on his third career – working for Number Eight Business Finance. Using his experience, from global financial services to local small business owner, Rob understands that providing the customer with the correct product, along with great customer service is the simple recipe that can help make businesses successful.
Married with 2 kids, he runs, cycles, plays golf and drinks wine, enthusiastically (although not usually on the same day).

Random Fact: Rob was part of the winning team in the Round Ireland Clipper Yacht Race 2004. Going into the last day they where in 4th place and 20 minutes behind the leaders; but by daring to be different they took the finish line first with a minute to spare. 

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07879 844683
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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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07988 893 281
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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 focussed 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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07974 640245
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