All about Acorn.finance

Funding since 1997

One of the UK’s longest established and most respected finance brokers.

Seven UK best broker awards and hundreds of happy business owners.

Acorn.finance – 1997 onwards.

Acorn Commercial Finance was set up in 1997 by father and son team Tom and Paul Thompson.

In those early days the mainstay of the business was providing commercial mortgages to the hospitality and care sectors, during the late ’90s and early 2000s we had developed a good niche and were probably the largest independent broker specialising in these difficult to finance sectors.

We’ve worked with hundreds of business owners, many different lending institutions and other funders – private lenders and even breweries.

Because of our interest in the more difficult sectors in the finance market Paul took the decision to join the board of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers in 2003, serving as a board director of the association for five years.

Paul was invited to assist the BBC Inside Out team in the South who were investigating the small business finance market during this period.

2008 and all that…

After years of growth the potential for a crash was apparent but none of us knew the extent.

Unlike many of our competitors Acorn.finance survived this period. So continued to serve business owners throughout the crisis, looking for new sources and types of business finance for our customers.

Acorn.finance – awards

We entered our first awards in 2013 and were awarded Business MoneyFacts Commercial Broker of the Year. Since then we’ve won another six awards from a variety of publications.

The beginning of Acorn.mortgage

Back in 2019 we took the decision to introduce regulated mortgages to our portfolio. We joined forces with Adrian McClaren to offer this service to our customers nationwide.

The future of Acorn.finance

We’re growing a nationwide team of professional brokers in the commercial and residential sectors so wherever our business owners and investors are, they can deal face to face if they prefer.

If there isn’t a finance specialist near you, yet, there will be soon but in the meantime we’ll keep video-conferencing as we all have had to throughout the pandemic.

Paul Thompson: Co-founder

Paul Thompson - Acorn.finance co-founder
Paul Thompson – Acorn.finance co-founder.

Before founding Acorn.finance with Tom (Dad) back in 1997, Paul had spent time as a Sea King Helicopter Pilot in the Royal Navy and graduating from the Nottingham Trent University.

Since founding Acorn.finance Paul has specialised in property related finance for trading businesses and investors, funding hundreds of businesses and premises over the 25 years from small pubs or shops to international hotels, apartment blocks and golf courses.

Out of work Paul has a property portfolio both in the UK and abroad and loves to spend time with his wife, family and friends enjoying the hills of the Lake District, the music scene or eating out.