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What is it?

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to small to medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

CBILS has been significantly expanded along with changes to its features and eligibility criteria. These changes mean that even more businesses across the UK impacted by COVID-19 can access much needed funding.

This scheme gives the lender a government-backed guarantee for the loan repayments. However, if you borrow money, you remain fully liable for the debt.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be based in the UK
  • have an annual turnover of no more than £45m
  • have a borrowing proposal which the lender would consider viable, were it not for COVID-19
  • self-certify that your business has been adversely impacted by COVID-19
  • not have been classed as a 'business in difficulty' on 31 December 2019 if applying to borrow £30,000 or more.

You will need to provide certain documentation when you apply. Documentation will vary from lender to lender, but is likely to include management accounts, a business plan, historic accounts and details of assets.

You might find it useful to watch the video below, part of our 'Funding and Fintech' series where we hear from one of the accredited lenders providing CBILS.

Find out more and apply

A full list of lenders, criteria and information on how to apply is on the British Business Bank's website.

British Business Bank website


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