The scheme helps medium and large sized businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £200 million.
The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender.
If you’re a smaller business, you may be entitled to other government support.
You can apply for a loan if your business:
You need to show that:
If you’re borrowing more than £50 million you must agree to restrictions on dividend payments, senior pay and share buy-backs during the period of the loan. Check the eligibility requirements.
Who cannot apply
Businesses from any sector can apply, except:
What you can get
You can apply for:
A lender can provide up to 25% of your annual turnover. The maximum amount you can borrow is £200 million.
How long the loan is for
Finance is available from 3 months to 3 years.
How to apply
There are 12 lenders taking part in the scheme including all the main retail banks. You should approach a suitable lender yourself via the lender’s website.
You’ll need to tell the lender:
You’ll need to provide documents that show you can afford to repay the loan.
These may include:
The documents you need will depend on the lender. A loan could still be an option even if you do not have everything listed here.
The lender will check that the loan is:
The lender will decide whether to offer you a loan or another type of finance. Your business will be responsible for repaying 100% of the amount you borrow.
If the lender turns you down
If one lender turns you down, you can apply to other lenders in the scheme.
You may want to consider using a broker to find the right type of finance for your needs, or do your own research using the British Business Bank’s Finance Guide.
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