We believe in more than money

Let’s change the way we fund SMEs.

We are Praetura Group, a financial services company that specialises in lending and equity solutions for startups and SMEs.

From venture capital to asset-based finance, we are here to help business owners across the UK reach their potential and secure the right funding. What sets us apart is our commitment to providing more than money.

Danny Summers

Group CFO

Danny joined Praetura in early 2014 and was instrumental in the establishment of several significant Praetura investments including Praetura Asset Finance, Praetura Commercial Finance and Sorted Group, acting as Finance Director of each upon inception. Danny has several years of board experience within the financial services, speciality finance and technology sectors. He has significant experience in raising external finance; £300m of institutional debt facilities for Praetura investments to date, including the £75m pre-securitisation facility for PAF.

David Foreman

MD, Ventures

David co-founded Praetura with a background of over 12 years in corporate finance and venture capital. He qualified as an ACA with KPMG and has considerable experience in backing financial services and recurring revenue businesses. David has a focus on the application of data, IT and technology to enable efficiencies within businesses.

Peadar O’Reilly

MD, Debt

Peadar, a founding partner at Praetura, has over 20 years secured lending experience having previously held senior roles at Bank of Ireland and ABN Amro.

He helped establish a successful UK ABL business for Bank of Ireland and is responsible for raising over £300m of bank facilities from mainstream and specialist institutions for the Praetura Group companies. He is a founding Director of Praetura Asset Finance, Praetura Commercial Finance and Praetura Debt Co.

Steve Caunce

Non-executive Director

Steve spent 13 years as CEO of FTSE 250 group AO World, the owner of AO.com and was previously CFO of Phones4U. Steve has significant expertise in scaling businesses having overseen the rapid growth at both AO World and Phones4U.

Jonathan Brown


Jonathan has extensive legal experience and is currently a partner at Hill Dickinson LLP. With a range of legal and financial expertise, Jonathan has an extensive understanding of the M&A market, covering mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, joint ventures, and more. He has overseen corporate transactions across Europe, as well as America, Australia and India.

Darren Carter

Non-executive Director

Darren is an experienced CEO and director, with significant experience in the financial services and investment sector. Formerly managing director at D.E Shaw & Co and CEO at KBC Financial Products, Darren currently sits as chairman at Peel Hunt LLP and is a non-executive director at Avoca Capital.

Supporting early stage businesses

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Award-winning tax advantaged investments

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Hard asset funding that’s fuss-free and flexible

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Relationship-led finance made for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs

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Straight-forward invoice finance for all SMEs

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Soft asset funding and loans from a name you can trust

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Helping recruitment entrepreneurs finance their ambitions

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ESG underpins our core value of always doing the right thing. As well as adhering to transparent and responsible business practices, our mission is to continue making positive changes that benefit our people, our local communities and the industries we support.

To find out more about our ESG commitments, charity work and our Good Business Charter accreditation, follow the link below.



Businesses supported with more than money funding


Invested or lent to businesses to date


Industries throughout the UK funded through Praetura


Venture Partners on our team


Team members working throughout the Praetura Group


Combined total of assets funded through Praetura in the UK


Worth of equity opportunities reviewed


Of our investment portfolio are Northern-based


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