Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

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What does this involve?

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) that are losing revenue and seeing their cashflow disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

CBILS has been significantly expanded, allowing more small businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis to access the funding they need. Insufficient security is no longer a condition to access the scheme.

This scheme gives the lender a government-backed guarantee for the loan repayments. However, if you borrow money, you remain fully liable for the debt.

The scheme will close to applications on 31 March 2021.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be UK-based
  • have an annual turnover of no more than £45 million
  • have a borrowing proposal which the lender would consider viable, were it not for the current pandemic
  • self-certify that it has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • not have been classed as a “business in difficulty”, if applying to borrow £30,000 or more

Businesses from any sector can apply, except the following:

  • Banks, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers)
  • Public-sector bodies
  • State-funded primary and secondary schools

What does this cost?

This is a free service. 

Who is this for?

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is designed for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Important information

You will need to provide certain documents when you apply. These requirements vary from lender to lender, but are likely to include:

  • management accounts
  • business plan
  • historic accounts
  • details of assets

The scheme will close to applications on 31 March 2021.

Next steps

Visit the British Business Bank website for further information on finding a lender and details of how to apply.

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