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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 that have typically been trading for over two years. 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.

Is my business eligible for a business loan in Dorset?

SWIG Finance provides Unsecured Business Loans for Limited Companies in Dorset. Business loans are available for businesses that have been typically trading for over two years, however, initial enquiries are welcomed to establish suitability.

Visit our Business Loans page for more information.

What documents are required for a business loan in Wiltshire?

  • Last 2 sets of full annual accounts, including detailed Profit & Loss Accounts
  • Management accounts for the period since the most recent year-end to date
  • Cashflow forecast for a minimum of 12 months, identifying the funding requirement and showing the spending
  • Agreement to Open Banking Report
  • Business plan / executive summary overview
  • Details of any agreed outputs e.g. number of jobs created or safeguarded

What can business loans be used for?

Business loans can be used for a range of purposes, including (but not limited to):

SME loan eligibility criteria include:

  • You must be 18 or over.
  • Limited companies only can apply.
  • You must be a business with a clear plan for the purpose of the loan.
  • The business must be able to demonstrate viability and growth potential.
  • The business must be based in the South West of England.
  • Applicant businesses will typically have been trading for more than 2 years.

How much can an SME borrow from SWIG Finance?

SME Loans from £25,001 up to £250,000 are available.

What are the interest rates and fees?

For a business loan of £25,001 to £250,000 repayable up to 5 years, the interest rate is 12% ABR. 

There is a 5% arrangement fee at outset, which can be added to the loan. If any payments are missed or late there may be additional fees. 

    Have you been trading for less than 3 years?

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

    “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 Dorset Business Loan?

    You can apply for a business loan via our website. Once you have submitted your initial enquiry, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss the next steps.

    Information we will need to assess your loan request:

    • Last 2 sets of full annual accounts, including detailed Profit & Loss Accounts
    • Management accounts for the period since the most recent year-end to date
    • Cashflow forecast for a minimum of 12 months, identifying the loan requirement and showing spending
    • Agreement to Open Banking
    • Credit Report for all directors
    • Business Plan
    • Details of any agreed outputs e.g. number of jobs created or safeguarded

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

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