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Recovery Loan Scheme

Funding to support your business

We're receiving a high volume of enquiries for the Recovery Loan Scheme.

At the moment, we're focused on helping existing customers.

Unfortunately this means we are not in a position to progress with new to bank enquiries at this time.

What is the Recovery Loan Scheme?

The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) launched on 6 April 2021 and supports access to finance for UK businesses as they recover and grow following the Covid-19 pandemic.

RLS aims to help businesses affected by Covid-19 and can be used for business purposes, including, managing cashflow, investment and growth. It is designed to support businesses that can afford to take out additional finance for these purposes. Businesses who have taken out a CBILS, CLBILS or BBLS facility are able to access the new scheme.

The Scheme will run until 31 December 2021, subject to review.

Scheme Features

  • Up to £10m facility per business: The maximum amount of a facility provided under the scheme is £10m per business (maximum £30m per group). Minimum facility size starts at £25,001 for term loans.
  • Term length: Term loans are available from three months, for up to six years.
  • Interest and fees to be paid by the borrower from the outset: Businesses are required to meet the costs of interest payments and any fees associated with the RLS facility.
  • Access to multiple Covid-19 schemes: Businesses that have taken out a CBILS, CLBILS or BBLS facility are able to access the new scheme although the amount they have borrowed under a previous scheme may in certain circumstances limit the amount they may borrow under RLS.
  • Personal Guarantees: Personal guarantees are not permitted for facilities of £250,000 or less. Above £250,000 the maximum amount that can be covered under RLS is capped at a maximum of 20% of the outstanding balance of the RLS facility after the proceeds of business assets have been applied. No personal guarantees can be held over Principal Private Residences.
  • Guarantee to the Lender: The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed guarantee against the outstanding balance of the facility. The borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt.

Eligibility criteria

  • Covid-19 impact: The borrower must confirm to the lender that it has been impacted by Covid-19.
  • UK-based: The borrower must be carrying out trading activity in the UK.
  • Viability test: The lender will consider that the borrower has a viable business proposition but may disregard any concerns over its short-to-medium term business performance due to the uncertainty and impact of Covid-19.
  • Credit and fraud checks for all applicants: Lenders will be required to undertake credit and fraud checks for all applicants. The checks and approach may vary between lenders.
  • Turnover limit: There is no turnover restriction for businesses accessing the scheme.

Please note, the following are not eligible under RLS: Banks, Building Societies, Insurers and Reinsurers (excluding Insurance Brokers), public sector bodies, state funded primary and secondary schools.

How to enquire

Existing customers can enquire online for Recovery Loan Scheme support.

A relationship manager will be on hand to support you with your application. If you need to speak to us about a new or existing application or enquiry, please contact your relationship manager directly or call us on 0800 756 0800.

Enquire about RLS support

Business Finance Support

The British Business Bank has a range of guidance and resources available to all businesses, including content on managing your cashflow and a list of independent advice services

British Business Bank

The Recovery Loan Scheme is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA. Visit www.british-businessbank.co.uk/recovery-loan-scheme

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you might be worried about the financial impact of coronavirus on your business and we’re here to help.

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The British Business Bank has addressed frequently asked questions here