The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is now closed to new applications.
Please note that for Term Loans the minimum amount a lender can offer under CBILS is £50,001.
CBILS has been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria. The changes mean even more smaller businesses across the UK impacted by the Coronavirus crisis can access the funding they need.
Importantly, access to the scheme has been opened up to smaller businesses who would have previously met the requirements for a commercial facility, but would not have been eligible for CBILS.
Insufficient security is no longer a condition to access the scheme.
The maximum value of a facility provided under the scheme is £5m, available on repayment terms of up to ten years.
No guarantee fee for SMEs to access the scheme
No fee for smaller businesses. Lenders will pay a fee to access the scheme.
Interest and fees paid by Government for 12 months
The Government will make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.
Finance terms are up to six years for Term Loans and Asset Finance facilities.
No personal guarantees for facilities under £250k: Personal guarantees of any form cannot be taken under the scheme for any facilities below £250k.
Personal guarantees for facilities above £250k
Personal guarantees may still be required, at a lender’s discretion, but recoveries under these are capped at a maximum of 20% of the outstanding balance of the CBILS facility after the proceeds of business assets have been applied. A Principal Private Residence (PPR) cannot be taken as security to support a personal guarantee or as security for a CBILS-backed facility.
For all facilities, including those over £250,000, CBILS can now support lending to smaller businesses even where a lender considers there to be sufficient security, making more smaller businesses eligible to receive the business interruption payment.
- Be UK based in its business activity, with turnover of no more than £45m per year
- Have a borrowing proposal which, were it not for the current pandemic, would be considered viable by the lender
- Self-certify that it has been adversely impacted by the Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Recovery Loan Scheme
A new debt finance programme, the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), was announced by the Government in the Budget on 3 March 2021. The new Scheme, which will open on 6 April 2021, aims to support businesses affected by Covid-19 as they recover and grow following the pandemic. RLS supports a maximum facility size of up to £10m with minimum facility sizes starting at £1,000 for Invoice and Asset Finance and £25,001 for Term Loans and Overdrafts. Further information can be found on the British Business Bank website.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) 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. For more information visit british-business-bank.co.uk.