Founded in 1997 and still going strong Acorn.finance (Acorn Commercial Finance in those days) was built on a belief that every business owner in the UK deserves access to the very best funding sources available.
Back in 1997 the internet was in it’s infancy so knowing which lenders did what needed a lot of legwork and patience. As a team Tom Thompson and Paul Thompson (Father and Son) soon built a strong reputation for being the go-to finance brokers for the toughest cases.
Tom’s retired now but Paul is still at the helm of the business, growing gradually with the opening of local offices across the country to better provide funding solutions to business owners.
At the last count there were more than 300 lenders on our panel. That’s almost every business loan, commercial mortgage, crowdfunding, invoice or asset funder in the UK.
We pride ourselves on providing the best solutions to the finance problems of business owners. That means it’s vital that our advisors have a full range of products to recommend. After all, many of our customers have come to us because their own bank are unable to provide the right package to fit their needs.
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
Having been funding businesses across the UK and Europe for over 20 years, we're proud of the number of businesses to have grown through our work. Growing small businesses 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. Consider that power in the developing world.
We're committed to helping small businesses in the developing world and so far have provided loans, from our profits for almost 200 small businesses in Kenya, Ghana, Zambia and Indonesia. With your help, we can do more.
Zidisha has supported over 138,000 individual projects across the developing world and lent more than $14m. Each loan helps a small business or community to alleviate poverty.
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 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!
We call it F.U.N.D.E.D. It’s a 6 step process, which is unique to Acorn.finance.
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.
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.