Small & Medium-sized Businesses Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan


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Today the government has announced a new small and medium-sized business bounce back loan scheme.

The loan has been described as a “bounce back loan” and should help all those small businesses that were struggling to access the original Coronavirus Business Loan Scheme (CBILS).

The loan scheme will launch on 4 May 2020 and payments should be made within 24 hours of acceptance.  Some initial details have been released but not too much information at this stage.

–  The Bounce Back Loan scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
–  The government will guarantee 100% of the loan.
–  There will not be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.
–  The loan term 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 the Coronavirus
  • was not an ‘undertaking in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019 (No clarification of this phrase has been provided yet)

Who cannot apply

The following businesses are not eligible to apply:

  • banks, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers)
  • public-sector bodies
  • further-education establishments, if they are grant-funded
  • 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 Bounce Back Loan scheme, you can arrange this with your lender until 4 November 2020.

How to apply

The Bounce Back Loan scheme will launch on 4 May 2020.  There is no other information available on how to apply just yet.

As soon as we know some more information we will of course let you know.

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