UK Government support measures

Coronavirus – Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

What is it?

This scheme delivered by the British Business Bank, will enable small and medium sized businesses to apply for a loan, up to £5m, with the government providing a guarantee of 80% on each loan and with no interest due for the first twelve months. CBILS supports a wide range of business finance products, including term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance facilities. Personal guarantees of any form cannot be taken under the scheme for any facilities below £250k. The scheme will be delivered through commercial lenders. CBILS lenders can extend the term of a loan up to ten years, providing additional flexibility for businesses who may otherwise be unable to repay their loans. The scheme will be delivered through commercial lenders. CBILS lenders can extend the term of a loan up to ten years, providing additional flexibility for businesses who may otherwise be unable to repay their loans.

Businesses will be given until the end of March 2021 to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Further information can be found here.

Am I eligible?

A link to British Business Bank’s eligibility checklist can be found here.

The borrower remains fully liable for the debt.

What do I need to do to access it?

A guide how to apply can be found here.

An FAQ on CBILS can be found here.

Who do I need to speak to?

You should speak to your business banking provider or one of the accredited lenders. With high demand for CBILS facilities, finance providers recommend that you approach a lender via their website. Phone lines are likely to be busy and branches may not be able to handle enquiries in person.