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Business Loans in Dorset

Dorset has a range of thriving sectors, including advanced engineering and manufacturing, and agri-tech. It is also considered one of the best locations for digital entrepreneurs and creatives, with its digital and creative hub being one of the fastest-growing in Europe. Having established itself as a UK leader for start-ups, Dorset is the second fastest-growing location for new and early-stage businesses in the UK. Dorset also houses the UK’s largest maritime cluster and is widely recognised as the national leader in sectors such as aquaculture and offshore renewable energy.

SWIG Finance has business loans available for small and medium-sized businesses in Dorset.

Business Finance in Dorset

Unsecured term Loans are available to growing businesses in Dorset. Loans range from £25,001 up to £250,000 and can be used for a range of purposes.

Start Up Loans are available for entrepreneurs based in Dorset with less than three years of trading.

Start Up Loans range from £500 up to £25,000 and are designed for new and early-stage business owners.

We have a team of local business managers to support businesses in Dorset.

At SWIG Finance, we empower start-ups and SMEs to overcome their financial barriers.

SWIG’s senior business manager, Nicola Parker, covers the Dorset area.

Nic has 20 years of experience working in financial services and has previously worked for Triodos, The Co-Operative Bank and Blaise Commercial Finance.

Contact Nic on;


07484 521 226

Nicola Parker

Nicola Parker

Senior Business Manager

Your Nearest Office:

SWIG Finance Ltd (Bristol)

SWIG Finance provides viable SMEs and start-ups with access to finance.

Our decisions are made by people, not computers, which means that we lend by looking at the bigger picture.

Our business managers provide support and guidance throughout the application process, and for the duration of the loan, to give our customers the best chance for success.

Have you been trading for less than 3 years?

You could be eligible for a Start Up Loan; get in touch today!

Is my business eligible for a business loan?

The CBILS Scheme closed with effect from 31 March 2021. Learn more here.

Business Loan characteristics

- Fixed & floating debenture taken (ranking behind existing charge holders, if appropriate)
- Unsupported personal guarantees are typically required for business loans

Information required to apply for a business loan:

– Last 2 years' full accounts (if available)
– Most recent management accounts 
– Cashflow forecast for a minimum of 12 months
– Last 6 months business bank statements
– Credit Report for all directors

Amount & Term

£25,001 – £250,000 repayable up to 60 months

Interest Charge

Charged at 12% ABR

Fees Arrangement

Fee of 5% charged at outset

“We chose to work with SWIG Finance because, unlike other lenders, at SWIG you can talk to a person. Ultimately, SWIG Finance were able to support our business by looking at the bigger picture – something which other lenders are not willing to do.”

Customer Testimonial, SME Business Owner

How to apply for a Business Loan​?

To apply for a Business Loan, you will need to complete our online application form.

Information we will need to assess your loan request:

  • Last 2 years’ full accounts (if available)
  • Most recent management accounts
  • Cashflow forecast for a minimum of 12 months
  • Last 6 months business bank statements
  • Credit Report for all directors

Apply now to take the next step in securing the funding your business needs.

Our Application Process

We assess each business on its own merit. To apply, please complete our online enquiry form below. Initial enquiries welcomed to establish suitability. Once we have received all the information we need to consider your application, the decision will be made as soon as possible.

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If you’re ready to take the next steps, apply now!

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Got a question?

Give us a call today and we will answer any question you may have.

Do you need to borrow less than £25k?

We have Start Up Loans available for businesses that have been trading for less than 3 years.

Apply for a business loan now

Please complete the below enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch.

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Wonder is led by Marnie and her husband Gavin, both of whom have significant experience working within Commercial Asset Management and Retail Marketing.

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