About Acorn.finance

Acorn.finance - since 1997

Still growing

Founded in 1997 and still going strong. Our longevity is your assurance that we're supporting business owners just like you to get the very best funding for your needs.

A family business

Still caring

Acorn.finance (Acorn Commercial Finance back in the day) was founded by Father and Son team Tom Thompson and Paul Thompson. Tom's retired now leaving the business for Paul to continue and grow.

Award winning finance brokers

6 consecutive best UK broker awards

We're proud of the service we offer our customers. 6 best UK broker awards and countless customer referrals are testament to the service you'll receive with us.

Our lending panel

Still growing

A broker is only as good as it's lending panel and with over 340 lenders accessible to you, your funding needs are met. Every award winning lender is on panel which covers almost all of the funding market.

It's the team that makes Acorn.finance

Award winning broker

Paul Thompson

Founder / Director

Paul trained with the Royal Navy to fly helicopters during the early 1990s, before studying for a degree in International Relations in Nottingham. 

He began working alongside his father Tom in 1997, forming Acorn Commercial Finance together in 1997.

Since then Paul was elected to the board of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers in 2003, serving the association for 5 years and held the directorship for Training and Education for 4 of those years.

Paul also featured on an episode of the BBC’s Inside Out investigative programme which focussed on an investigation into poor practices amongst some (other) finance brokers.

Since Tom’s retirement in 2016 Paul has been running the show and building Acorn.finance to the national brokerage it now is.

Paul is a regular speaker (Coronavirus aside) and has spoken on business and investor finance at a number of conferences and exhibitions.

Paul lives in York with his wife, Kate, her younger son and their black labrador Jonah.  He has a favourite seat next to Paul’s desk in the home office and often joins in calls and Zoom meetings!

The team

Your local broker

We now have representation near you from our local brokers and brokers in training.

We’ll be adding further details in due course but rest assured we’re growing and have the people ready to arrange your funding, wherever you are.


We believe in making things simple so you have more time to run your business.

We call it F.U.N.D.E.D. It’s a 6 step process, which is unique to Acorn.finance.

FUNDED means that we understand your finance case and business before we make recommendations.  It saves time and money because by having that detailed understanding your Acorn.finance broker can go directly to the best sources of funding.

business growth funding

It works from when you are first introduced to your Acorn.finance consultant.

They will take the time to understand your experience, needs and opportunities before working with our leading panel of lenders to finance your business or property needs.

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