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Boost for small businesses

Small businesses boosted by bounce back loans

It was announced on 27th April 2020 that small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track Bounce Back Loan Scheme which will help small and medium-sized businesses borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. The main points of the scheme are:

  • The government will guarantee 100% of the loan
  • 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
  • was not an ‘undertaking in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019

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. This arrangement must be done before 4 November 2020.

How to apply

The Bounce Back Loan scheme will launch on 4 May 2020.

More information about the scheme will be published by the government shortly.


Contact Hentons today!

If you would like to know more about the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, and how Hentons can help with any future applications. Please complete the form below and one of our experts will be in contact.