This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access finance of up to £5 million.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) supports small and medium-sized businesses, with an annual turnover of up to £45 million, to access loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million for up to 6 years.
The government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees. This means smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.
The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to pre-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to small and medium-sized businesses.
The scheme is delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the government-owned British Business Bank.
There are 40 accredited lenders able to offer the scheme, including all the major banks.
You’re eligible if your business:
- is based in the UK
- has an annual turnover of up to £45 million
- has a borrowing proposal which the lender would consider viable, if not for the coronavirus pandemic
Businesses with a turnover over £45 million may be entitled to other government support.
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
How to apply
The full rules of the scheme and guidance on how to apply is available on the British Business Bank website.