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Apply for a business loan to help your start-up or small business get off the ground or realise your potential for growth.

Get help finding the funds to build or expand your business with Norton Finance. For 40 years we’ve worked with entrepreneurs the length and breadth of the UK to find flexible loans to suit the unique opportunities and challenges that come with running a business.
  • We search a wider range of secured and unsecured loans to give you more choice

  • Access an award-winning customer service team ready to help you every step of the way

  • Searching for loans through Norton Finance won’t affect your credit score

  • Finding the right loan can help you realise your business’ future plans and unlock your potential

  • A good track record can help you qualify for a wider range of loans

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What is a business loan?

A business loan can help you access the funding you need to help your company prosper. There are many different kinds of business loan available, depending on:

You may be offered one of the following types of loan:

How does a business loan work?

Most business loans start with the purpose. Lenders will want to know what you plan to spend the money on, how it will impact your business plan, and what the expected results will be.

If you’re successful in applying for a business loan, you’ll typically receive the funds within a week or two. You’ll then repay the loan, including accrued interest, at the agreed rate each month, until the debt is settled.

You may also be able to pay off your loan early, but there could be a charge for doing so. Check the terms of any loan you’re offered to find out more about the cost of early repayment.

Things to consider before you apply for a business loan

Before you apply for a loan for your business, there are a few things you may want to consider.

Is a business loan right for me?

A loan can help your business take its first steps, turning your creative spark into a successful venture, or help a growing company keep up with demand to realise its potential. Compared to other types of credit, such as personal loans or credit cards, business loans can offer more flexibility.

If you can show a lender your business is brimming with potential, and you can afford to make repayments on a small business loan, you’re already on the right track.

Read our guide to financing a new business to find out more about accessing funds.

Regular income and outgoings

A lender will ask about your income and regular outgoings to help them assess your personal circumstances. This helps them decide whether you’re a suitable applicant.

Your credit history

Lenders look at your credit report to help them decide if a particular loan’s terms and rates are a good fit. You don’t need a perfect credit score to get a rate you’re happy with, but lenders will usually want to check your general situation – including any CCJs - before they decide.

Business loan purpose

How you plan to spend the money you’re applying to borrow is an important part of your start up business loan application. Lenders will be keen to see proposals, pitches and plans for your investment so they’ll get a better understanding of your company and how the money will help your business grow.

See our guide to business loans for more information.

Representative example

SECURED LOANS – Rates from 2.99% variable. We also have plans ranging up to rates of 65.2%. Our range of available plans and products means we’re well placed to help you find a loan that meets your needs.

Representative 8.6% APRC variable.

Representative example: If you were to borrow £10,000 over 10 years at an Annual Interest Rate of 5.14% (variable), it would mean you make 120 payments of £122.71 per month.

The total amount repayable will be £14,725.20 (This includes a lender fee of £495 and a broker fee of £1,000 which have been added to the loan.) The overall cost for comparison is 8.6% APRC representative. Maximum APR is 65.2%.

Commonly asked questions about business loans

For more information about business loans, check our list of questions customers often ask below:

Will a business loan affect my credit score?

An application through a broker like Norton Finance for a typical small business loan may not require a check on your personal credit rating. You may be able to apply for the loan through an established business with a proven track record, making it possible to obtain the funds you want without risking it impacting on your personal credit score.

What do I need to apply for a business loan?

Applying for a loan online is easy with Norton Finance. All you need to get started are a few simple details, including:

Once we receive this information, we’ll contact you to discuss your requirements in more detail. It’s a good idea to have information to hand regarding what you need the loan for, as well as details of any other loans you have.

Further discussions around your loan application are likely to focus on your company, and things like:

It’s important that you are planning to borrow what you can afford, so it helps to give prospective lenders as much background as you can in advance of a loan decision.

Business loan details

How much can I borrow?
With a loan from Norton Finance, you may be eligible to borrow between £3,000 and £500,000, depending on your circumstances.

How long are the repayment terms?
Our repayment terms can be anything from one to 30 years, depending on how much you want to borrow, and what you can afford to repay.

What are the interest rates?
The rate of interest will vary based on your current circumstances and financial history. Loan interest rates for homeowners start from 2.99%.

Are there any loan fees?
As we’re a broker, not a bank, we receive commission from the lender after a loan application has been completed. We may also charge a broker fee of up to 12.5% on any secured loan amount borrowed. There are no broker fees on unsecured loans.

Can I pay off a loan early?

You can pay off a loan early. However, there may be an early repayment fee for doing so. The fee varies from lender to lender . This could make early repayment an attractive option, but it’s always best to make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the loan and are confident you can repay it.

Applying for a business loan

Our dedicated Commercial and Business Loan specialists are here to help you navigate the application process, compare rates and work out how to get a loan to meet your needs. You can use our business loan calculator to decide the amount and work out repayment rates.

What kinds of businesses are eligible for a business loan?

We help companies across a wide range of sectors secure the financial support they’re looking for. Here are just a few examples:


Doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals might use a business loan to grow their customer base. This could be by investing in CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software to manage patient files more effectively, or market research to track feedback, improve customer service and increase the level of interaction with patients.

Whatever the aim, a loan could help your healthcare business build a greater reputation, attract more patients and ultimately become more profitable.

Retail and freelance

The UK has a burgeoning population of self-starters and small retailers, who are increasingly harnessing the power of digital media to market their goods and services. A business loan could help fund professional digital marketing and social media management to keep you one step ahead of the competition.

Catering and hospitality

With the help of a business loan, restaurants, cafes and hotels could transform their services from shabby to chic, improving their appeal. You could use the loan to invest in advertising to get your business’ voice heard or improve accommodation and facilities.

What can I use a business loan for?

There are many ways you might want to use a business loan - whether starting from scratch as a sole trader, to expanding your payroll.


Taking on new staff

Pick up some people power to expand your company.

Opening new premises

If you have outgrown your office space or your workplace is in desperate need of a refurb.

Expanding your vehicle fleet

If you need new wheels for your business, a loan could help you get things moving.

Buying new equipment

Invest in the latest technology to help your company run more efficiently.

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