Managing financial risk better 

Welcome to The GFA Exchange

Managing financial risk better 

Welcome to The GFA Exchange

Our Vision

We help unlock the potential of ambitious businesses seeking financial support to grow.

We understand that the lending process costs time, money, resources and is open to human error. That is why all lenders have their own process for making lending decisions, and why so many businesses are told no. We help build stronger businesses.

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Our vision

We understand that the lending process costs time, money, resources and is open to human error. That is why all lenders have their own process for making lending decisions, and why so many businesses are told no. We help build stronger businesses.

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What we do

As a financial lender, risk lies at the heart of making the best decision on which businesses you lend your finance to.

We save you the time, cost and reduce the risk of identifying a more informed lending opportunity, helping you to manage your financial risk, better. Our award-winning service is designed to analyse, benchmark and recommend businesses that you may wish to lend finance to, from the not approved market.

Unlock intelligence


We can help unlock hidden intelligence needed to make better informed lending decisions.

More time for investment


We help you save you the time, identifying a more informed lending opportunity.

Saving money and risk


We can save cost and to help you to manage your financial risk, better.

What we do 

We save you the time, cost and reduce the risk of identifying a more informed lending opportunity, helping you to manage your financial risk, better. Our award-winning service is designed to analyse, benchmark and recommend businesses that you may wish to lend finance to, from the not approved market.

Unlock intelligence


We can help unlock hidden intelligence needed to make better informed lending decisions.

More time to invest


We help you save you the time, identifying a more informed lending opportunity.

Saving money and risk


We can save cost and to help you to manage your financial risk, better.

Informed insight

Intelligent software

Run a business health-check to analyse past and current business performance, in less time.

Compare and benchmark results across your loan portfolio, at less cost. Receive recommendations on the best businesses to lend to, at less risk.

The GFA Exchange
The GFA Exchange

Intelligent software

Compare and benchmark results across your loan portfolio, at less cost. Receive recommendations on the best businesses to lend to, at less risk.

The GFA Exchange
The GFA Exchange

The Team

An award winning team of leaders with a track record for delivery.

Our team consists of individual leaders with experience of working in global technology organisations, direct financial lending experience and multi-award-winning entrepreneurs who understand the challenges of business growth.

Meet the team

  • With over 15 years experience in business growth support. Joel previously co-founded a finance lending firm that supported over 650 businesses in 3 years. He went on to become the Executive Lead for Access to Finance for the GBSLEP, developing the ecosystem strategy to support the financial needs of over 60, 000 SMEs across the region. Also a non-executive director, a Fellow of the national Centre for Entrepreneurs and awarded an OBE for Services to Business Support and Enterprise.

    Joel Blake OBE
    Founder, CEO
  • A former Senior Investment and Strategy Manager at Telent Pensions, where she oversaw the investment of £4bn GBP across multiple strategies, managers and partners. Sharonjit has also worked for Man Group, the world’s largest hedge fund manager and was featured in the FN 40 under 40 list.

    Sharonjit Clare
    Co-Founder & CSO
  • An experienced technology professional with 20 years experience in IT, Technology and Product design, Ahmed has worked with many of the world’s leading global technology giants. Spending 12 years working in Silicon Valley and has also led major IT and transformational projects for IBM, Cisco, Oracle and Vodafone. He has also previously co-founded 2 tech startups.

    Ahmed Khan
    Co-Founder & CTO

Award winning collective

Our team consists of individual leaders with experience of working in global technology organisations, direct financial lending experience and multi-award-winning entrepreneurs who understand the challenges of business growth.

  • With over 15 years experience in business growth support. Joel previously co-founded a finance lending firm that supported over 650 businesses in 3 years. He went on to become the Executive Lead for Access to Finance for the GBSLEP, developing the ecosystem strategy to support the financial needs of over 60, 000 SMEs across the region. Also a non-executive director, a Fellow of the national Centre for Entrepreneurs and awarded an OBE for Services to Business Support and Enterprise.

    Joel Blake OBE
    Founder, CEO
  • A former Senior Investment and Strategy Manager at Telent Pensions, where she oversaw the investment of £4bn GBP across multiple strategies, managers and partners. Sharonjit has also worked for Man Group, the world’s largest hedge fund manager and was featured in the FN 40 under 40 list.

    Sharonjit Clare
    Co-Founder & CSO
  • An experienced technology professional with 20 years experience in IT, Technology and Product design, Ahmed has worked with many of the world’s leading global technology giants. Spending 12 years working in Silicon Valley and has also led major IT and transformational projects for IBM, Cisco, Oracle and Vodafone. He has also previously co-founded 2 tech startups.

    Ahmed Khan
    Co-Founder & CTO

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