Small Business Loan

This section looks at some of the business loan requirements you will need to fulfil, as well as the factors that we assess when you make an application. Alternatively, you can find out instantly if you are likely to get the money your business is seeking using our Eligibility Checker. If you make an application we will seek to find out about:

You and your business - To gain a full understanding of your business, plus how your skills and experience will help achieve your plans

Personal/business investment - To establish your investment in the business compared to what our investment might be.

Purpose - To know how your planned borrowing fits in with your plans and discuss your finance options.

Amount - To determine if the amount you're applying for is appropriate and help structure your borrowing in the most suitable way

Term - To discuss the time period over which the borrowing is required, helping us assess your finance options and your ability to repay

Repayment - To understand how you intend to repay the borrowing and be confident of your ability to

do so (eg from trading profit, cashflow or asset disposal)

  • For a new business this may be set out in a business plan and cash flow forecasts
  • For established businesses this is usually the assessment of the historic trading figures, current turnover, as well as plans and projections

Supporting information

Some of the following may be required to help us assess affordability and your ability to make repayments. The more finance you're applying for, the more information and documents we may need to see. If you'd like to know more, please ask your Business Manager for more details.

Security/assets - To seek some form of appropriate security, such as guarantees, property or other assets that are straightforward to value and realise

Other business interests - To know what other commitments you or your management team has, so we can assess how much attention and focus the business will have

Cash flow forecast and business plans - To demonstrate your ability to think logically about your business strategy and business model

Management accounts and historic accounts - To see evidence of past financial performance (not applicable to start-ups)

Category: Bank loan

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