About us

Award winning business funding

22 years
Experience funding businesses just like yours 
250 +
Funders to meet your growth or acquisition needs
National best broker awards since 2013
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-one 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 122 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)

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.