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COVID-19: Business interruption loan scheme

COVID-19: Business interruption loan scheme

April Foster

A new temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, will launch this week to support primarily small and medium-sized businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts.

The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs. The government will not charge businesses or banks for this guarantee, and the scheme will support loans of up to £5 million in value.
Businesses can access the first twelve months of that finance interest free, as government will cover the first twelve months of interest payments.

You are eligible for the scheme if:
  1. Your business is UK based, with turnover of no more than £41 million per annum.
  2. Your business meets the other British Business Bank eligibility criteria.
  How to access the scheme 
The full rules of the Scheme and the list of accredited lenders is available on the British Business Bank website. All the major banks will offer the Scheme once it has launched. There are 40 accredited providers in all.

You should talk to your bank or finance provider (not the British Business Bank) as soon as possible and discuss your business plan with them. This will help your finance provider to act quickly once the scheme has  launched. If you have an existing loan with monthly repayments, you may want to ask for a repayment holiday to help with cash flow.

The scheme is now open for applications. 

For further advice, please contact your usual Moore advisers.