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How to choose the right commercial finance broker for your business

Working with a commercial finance broker can save you valuable time and may open up deals you couldn’t access independently. Finding the right commercial finance broker can transform your business prospects, but as there are so many to choose from, here are some tips on selecting the right one.

What to look for in a commercial finance broker


Look for brokers with a track record of successfully arranging commercial finance in your industry or who specialise in the type of financing you need. Seek client case studies and testimonials demonstrating the broker’s expertise and showing how they’ve helped other businesses.

Credentials and accreditation

Always check the professional standing of any broker you’re considering working with. In the UK, the commercial finance market is largely unregulated and while many unregulated commercial finance brokers provide excellent service, a regulated broker may be a better option.

Membership of a trade association, such as the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB), provides extra reassurance that the firm operates according to regulatory and best-practice guidelines.

Flexibility and options

A good broker should offer a range of business funding options, allowing you to choose the one that is right for your business. Flexibility and not being tied to a specific lender is key.

Understanding your needs

The broker should take the time to understand your business and financial needs thoroughly. They should tailor their services to your specific requirements.

Fees and costs

Inquire about the broker’s fees and how they’re compensated. Some brokers charge fees for their service, while others receive a commission from the lender. Make sure the costs are reasonable and competitive.

Compliance and ethics

Ensure the broker operates ethically and complies with all relevant laws and regulations.
Avoid brokers who engage in predatory lending practices or make unrealistic promises.


Ensure the broker is responsive and communicates clearly throughout the financing process.

Finding the right commercial finance broker may take some time and research. Don’t rush your decision; consider interviewing multiple brokers to compare their offerings and approaches before choosing.

How to choose the right commercial finance broker

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