Recovery Loan Scheme
A new debt finance programme designed
to support businesses as they recover and
grow following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Up to £2m facility per business:
The maximum amount of a facility provided under the scheme is £2m per business (maximum £6m per group). Minimum facility sizes vary, starting at £1,000 for asset and invoice finance, and £25,001 for term loans and overdrafts.
Term loans and asset finance facilities are available from three months, for up to six years, with overdrafts and invoice finance available from three months, for up to three years.
Interest and fees to be paid by the borrower from the outset:
Businesses are required to meet the costs of interest payments and any fees associated with the RLS facility.
Access to multiple Covid-19 schemes:
Businesses that have taken out a CBILS, CLBILS or BBLS facility are able to access the new scheme although the amount they have borrowed under a previous scheme may in certain circumstances limit the amount they may borrow under RLS.
Personal guarantees are not permitted for facilities of £250,000 or less. Above £250,000 the maximum amount that can be covered under RLS is capped at a maximum of 20% of the outstanding balance of the RLS facility after the proceeds of business assets have been applied. No personal guarantees can be held over Principal Private Residences.
Guarantee to the Lender:
The scheme provides the lender with a government-backed guarantee against the outstanding balance of the facility. The borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt.
The borrower must confirm to the lender that it has been impacted by Covid-19.
The borrower must be carrying out trading activity in the UK.
The lender will consider that the borrower has a viable business proposition but may disregard any concerns over its short-to-medium term business performance due to the uncertainty and impact of Covid-19.
Credit and fraud checks for all applicants:
Lenders will be required to undertake credit and fraud checks for all applicants. The checks and approach may vary between lenders.
Businesses with a turnover not exceeding £45m per annum.
Please note: The following are not eligible under RLS:
- Banks, Building Societies, Insurers and Reinsurers (excluding Insurance Brokers)
- Public sector bodies.
- State funded primary and secondary schools.
When might we offer you the Recovery Loan Scheme?
RLS is intended to strengthen your access to credit as a result of the Government’s guarantee. This can assist us to provide a loan to the applicant. All or part of the loan may be written under the Recovery loan scheme.
The Governement guarantee does not reduce the need for the borrower to repay the loan in full and the borrower remains liable for the loan repayments at all times. This is why the loan assessment is undertaken in line with our current underwriting policies. The approach taken is no different than for any other loan application.
A borrower has no automatic entitlement to receive an RLS-supported facility even if they believe they satisfy the Eligibility Criteria – the decision is for the Lender to make.
How to apply:
If you have a Business Development Manager, speak to them to discuss your application.
If you do not have a Business Development Manager then please click on the one of the departmental links for loan product information