In response to the difficulties encountered through the Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Chancellor announced a new loan scheme – The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) – for smaller businesses that will benefit from a 100% government-backed guarantee.
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.
The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.
You can apply for a loan if your business:
- is based in the UK
- has been negatively affected by coronavirus
Who cannot apply
The following businesses are not eligible to apply:
- banks, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers)
- public-sector bodies
- state-funded primary and secondary schools
If you’re already claiming funding
You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).
If you’ve already received a loan of up to £50,000 under CBILS and would like to transfer it into the BBLS, you can arrange this with your lender until 4 November 2020.
How to apply
The full rules of the scheme and guidance on how to apply is available on the British Business Bank website. Click here to access.