We have assembled a formidable array of partners in order to offer a truly joined up approach to financing and supporting high growth businesses.

Programme Sponsors

The Fast Forward Funding Programme Sponsors provide an invaluable source of essential, up to the minute insights and content for our Programme.

Our Sponsors also help keep the cost of attending our programmes to a minimum by generously providing free access to high quality programme venues in towns and cities across the North West.

Funding Partners

We have an extensive network of funding partners from the United Kingdom and overseas.

Our Funding Partners have been carefully selected to offer a full range of funding solutions from Debt Finance, Private Investment Networks, Venture Capitalist, Social Enterprise and Grant providers.

Professional Services Partners

Our Professional Services partners allows us to provide a gateway to the most appropriate expertise; ensuring that it is well matched to the stage and needs of each growth business.

Our partners will provide the right business advice at the right time and we can often help you access their expertise for a fraction of the cost that you might expect.

Business Support Partners

There are significant levels of public funds available to support UK businesses – especially SMEs with high growth potential – but knowing where and how to access these can be a complicated and time consuming task.

We’ve built strong relationships with a wide variety of public bodies in order to understand what is available, where and when. As a result we can guide you to and help you unlock these government-backed grants and free/discounted services.


FFG has partnered with LDF one of the UK’s leading independent providers of finance for SMEs, to offer finance solutions tailored to your needs; unsecured loans for a wide range of purposes; and provide asset finance options to support equipment purchases

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP is a small-to-mid cap private equity house focused on the provision of growth capital and mezzanine finance to SMEs across the UK.


MarketInvoice is offering a new type of selective invoice finance, built for fast-growth businesses.


Established in 1970, Bermans is a niche practice of commercial, forward-thinking lawyers with offices in Liverpool and Manchester.

The North West Fund

The North West Fund is a £155m investment fund that provides debt and equity funding to small and medium sized enterprises based in, or relocating to, the North West of England.

Business Growth Fund

BGF is the largest investor of growth capital into Britain’s entrepreneurial businesses. Founded in 2011 and backed by five UK banking groups, BGF provides long-term funding of between £2m and £10m...

London Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange is the world's most international exchange. Over 2,500 companies from more than 90 countries are quoted across it's markets, with a combined value of £3.7 trillion.

Seneca Partners

Seneca Partners are specialist funders and advisers to small and medium sized businesses.

Creative England

Creative England is a national agency that invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media.


UKTI is the government organisation that helps – from recent graduates to experienced business leaders – to establish and expand their businesses in the UK.


Seedrs is an online platform for discovering and investing in great startups.

Enterprise Lancashire

Enterprise Lancashire is a long established business support organisation who is dedicated to supporting individuals in setting up new successful businesses of all types.

The Xénos Business Angel Network

The Xénos Business Angel Network facilitates equity finance for start-ups and SME businesses.

BankToTheFuture is a hybrid CrowdInvesting platform allowing anybody to invest in UK businesses.

Thomas International

Thomas International provides people assessments which empower business leaders to transform the performance of their teams and individuals – and deliver an immediate impact on their organisation.


Launched in 2011, Crowdcube enables small start-ups and growing businesses to gain access to finance from a growing number of ordinary investors.


OBR is a student led initiative with a mission to engage our academic and industry communities on-campus and foster a conversation about the healthcare and life-sciences industry.

Youth Action

Youth Action is working in partnership with the Fast Forward Funding Programme to create opportunities for your entrepreneurs across Lancashire.


​Envestors is an award winning investor network dedicated to helping investors source young, dynamic companies in need of growth and expansion capital.

Fast Forward Investment Network

The Fast Forward Investment network is a new innovation providing access to an investor network which supports both the applicants of the programme and the investors within the network.


Propel aims to support the growth aspirations of Lancashire businesses that have been trading over three years and have less than 250 employees.

The North West Fund for Biomedical & SPARK Impact

The £25m North West Fund for Biomedical, designed to supply equity funding to small and medium sized enterprises in the North West of England.

Key Fund

Founded in 1999 Key Fund has been providing a mixture of flexible grant, loan and equity packages to support Social Enterprise activity.

Syndicate Room

​Syndicate Room allows a sophisticated crowd to co-invest alongside Business Angels at a click of a button, empowering both groups.


We are passionate about helping entrepreneurs and SMEs develop their strategy and business models, secure funding and succeed.

Finance Yorkshire

Finance Yorkshire is the £90m fund that provides businesses across Yorkshire and Humber with funding to start and grow.

The North West Business Angels

We are a long established business angel network who are keen to engage with early stage businesses looking for investment levels of between £25K and £500K.

Enterprise Ventures

Enterprise Ventures (EV) is a leading providers of venture capital and loans to small businesses in England and Wales.

Business Finance Solutions

Business Finance Solutions is a Government-backed, Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI).

Bridges Ventures LLP

​Bridges Ventures is a specialist fund manager, to create superior returns for both investors and society at-large.


ASC specialises in arranging Business Finance for Business People.

Winning Pitch

We are a research led business with a passion for supporting ambitious entrepreneurs to realise their full potential and achieve levels of growth way above the norm.


Orvia exists to support and guide people through their business journey, providing professional, confidential and impartial information and advice.


Newground is a social enterprise delivering business support throughout Pennine Lancashire and is part of the national federation of Groundwork Trusts.

NW Access to Finance

The NW Access to Finance Service is delivered by an experienced and professional team of Specialist Advisers through face-to-face advice and support, mentoring and events.

Business Growth Hub

The Business Growth Hub is here to help with a range of expert business support services, delivered by business people for business people.

Community & Business Partners

Community & Business Partners CIC (CBP) is a non-profit making organisation established to support businesses with a range of services, both advisory and practical.


Enterprise4all is a long-established provider of business support programmes, coaching/mentoring/leadership and management training for local authorities and development agencies.