Award winning property funding


Established in 1997 as Acorn Commercial Finance we quickly established a niche in sorting the cases that traditional lenders (and many other brokers) couldn’t do.

Now with two clear brands – we’re and – catering for the residential mortgage market through as well as buy-to-let mortgages and the business finance market through, as well as more complex buy-to-let cases and larger portfolio lends.

We believe in doing good while we do business – so please check out our work with Zidisha – it’s important to us that you support it.

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 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

A constantly expanding lender panel

Here at 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 your first home to an investment and later life funding we’ll partner you with the ideal lending source and give you the access to finance you need.

It’s our belief that everyone in the UK should have the same access to the very best lending provision – regardless of their circumstances or past history.

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.

Now working with private mortgages it reinforces our belief in the democratisation of finance

Small business owners especially have always struggled to get the best options for their mortgages, especially since the abuse and withdrawal of the Self-Certified products from the market.

Paul Thompson – Acorn Finance founder and owner

Paul Thompson – founder of 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.