About us

Award winning business funding

Why do business owners like you trust Acorn.finance with their funding needs

23 years
Experience funding businesses just like yours 
250 +
Funders to meet your growth or acquisition needs
6
National best broker awards since 2013
122
Small businesses supported in the developing world
Paul Thompson – Founder
Founder and Acorn.finance owner.
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Supporting business in the developing world

Zidisha - alleviating world poverty one business at a time

Having spent over twenty years funding businesses across the UK and Europe here at Acorn.finance we’re justifiably proud of the number of businesses which have grown through our work.  We believe that allowing small businesses to grow helps them to employ more, spend more and invest more.  All of this builds local economies which build the national economy.

Small businesses contribute 51% of all private sector trade in the UK.  We believe that the power of small business can change the developing world.

As part of our twentieth-year celebrations we committed to helping small businesses in the developing world and so far have provided loan funds, from our profits for almost 200 small businesses in Kenya, Ghana, Zambia and Indonesia.  With your help, we can do more.

Zidisha has supported more than 138,000 individual projects across the developing world and lent more than $14m.  Every loan helps a small business or community to alleviate poverty.


6 Best Broker awards since 2013

We’re a multi-award winning team with seven “best UK broker” awards in the last six years and have been featured on the BBC Inside Out programme to show best practice in the commercial lending sector.

We work hard with every client to produce an “award-winning” outcome, that’s why we have a 5* Customer Feedback score and 100% recommendation on Reviews.co.uk


A constantly expanding lender panel

Here at Acorn.finance we’re constantly reviewing and updating our lending panel to ensure you always have the best possible options to fund your business growth, wherever you are on your funding journey.

From start up funding to growth we’ll partner you with the ideal lending source and give you the access to finance you need to thrive.

It’s our belief that every small business in the UK should have the same access to the very best lending provision.


Experience | Knowledge | Integrity

Founded in 1997 by father and son team Tom and Paul Thompson, Acorn Finance have long been one of the leading finance brokers in the small business and property sectors.

Why we do it

Our belief has always been around supporting small business owners, they seem to get a raw deal from the big banks and not having a board with a Financial Director, they are generally not used to putting fundraising applications together.

Who we work with

If you are a business owner still in charge of the day to day operation of the business then I’m sure your time is precious, you need to spend that time on what makes money. Arranging finance can be time consuming and, if you don’t know who to approach, can be a waste of time.

Acorn’s specialist knowledge of small businesses marked us out as the “go to” broker for any trading business but especially those in the hospitality sector which resulted in Acorn Commercial Finance becoming the only finance provider asked to join the BIIAB (British Institute of Innkeeping Advisory Board)

FUNDED – The Acorn.finance 6 step system to getting your business finance sorted.

Facts – Before we start it’s important for all the business facts, financials and background to be available.

Understanding – Only by understanding you and your business will the solution be the best for your growth plan.

Needs – By fully understanding your plans we’ll work with funders who will meet your needs both now and for the future.

Discuss – Working with our panel of the best funders in the market we’ll work through your case with them to ensure they understand your needs in detail.

Execute – By using Acorn.finance to arrange your funding you save hours of time spent on calls and applications. We work with the finance company to streamline every finance case.

Deliver – We work hard with the lender and all the professionals involved to ensure you get the business finance you need, when you need it.

Paul Thompson – Acorn Finance founder and owner

Paul Thompson – founder of Acorn.finance back in 1997 and still the business owner.

As well as working hard to develop the UK’s leading finance broker Paul is a father and stepfather, supporting his family in their various sporting and academic endeavours.

Paul’s currently in training for the Edinburgh Marathon and mid-way through his first book on funding small businesses.

Read our 5* feedback

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Corina Inverno York

It was a pleasure to meet Adrian and he certainly knows his stuff. Would recommend. Thank you for getting us the right mortgage for us.

Liam Leeds

Fantastic service ! When no one could help me, Acorn managed to me the lending needed.

Alison Davis Carlisle

We purchased our freehouse 12 years ago with help from Acorn. They were exceedingly helpful in taking us through the entire process which as we were completely new to the industry was an immense help.

After dealing with several below par brokers I luckily found Paul at Acorn finance who from the very start went above and beyond to make sure I got to where I needed to be. Never was I waiting around for a reply or things to move forward – Paul would always reply/update the very same day a query was made – which in my experience is very rare! Can’t recommend Acorn enough – a long drawn out annoying situation became easy and streamlined as soon as I found Acorn. 5* service

Well prepared finance application and assistance during the process of gaining finance for the purchase of owner occupied property.

Anonymous Margate

Arranged funding for our B&B. Great service. I won’t hesitate to recommend Acorn.finance to anyone who needs Commercial Mortgage.

Jillie Bristol

I got the best deal and the best service!