In 2012, the UK government initiated a scheme to help build more businesses in the UK. As part of the scheme, they provide loans to individuals who are looking to start a new business that will be based in the UK. Previously, the scheme was only available to anyone over 30 years of age. In 2013, the age cap was removed and anyone over 18 can apply. The scheme is funded by the British Business Bank and aims to help 10,000 entrepreneurs every year.
What are Start-Up Loans?
What are Start Up Business Loan Requirements?
To be eligible for a government startup loans, you need to:
- Be over 18 years old
- Have the right to work in the UK
- Be living in the UK
- Have a business plan OR a business that’s been trading for 6 – 24 months
- Have been denied by a bank
- Amount: £500 – £25,000
- Duration: 1 – 5 years
- Interest rate: 6% a year (fixed)
How do Business Start Up Loans Work?
- Next, your application will be looked at by an approved assessor. They will assess your business plan, capabilities and even your attitude to gauge how serious you are about your endeavour and if it is likely to succeed.
- A business advisor will then contact you to help you gather any other necessary information and complete the application.
- You’ll then receive a decision. If you’ve been approved, it could still take up to a month to receive your loan. In most cases, they may require more information, so approval and funding could take much longer.
- You will then need to make monthly repayments over a fixed term.
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What does the Start Up Loans Company Check?
Once you submit your application for a government startup loan, they will check the following:
- Your credit history – How well you have been keeping credit commitments in the past six years. You’re unlikely to be approved if you’ve had any defaults or CCJs in the past six months.
- Your affordability – Whether or not you have the disposable income to make the repayments. This will be very carefully analysed to ensure you can afford the loan.
- How capable your business is of succeeding – This is perhaps the hardest part of
the assessment to prepare for, primarily as it depends a lot on the opinion of your assigned
Business Advisor. The assessor will carefully examine your business plan to predict whether your business is
likely to succeed or not. Key things that will be examined are:
- Whether there is a demand for your product/service
- If you have the necessary abilities to run the type of business you want
Business Start Up Loans FAQs
If a lender feels that the reason for the loan that you stated in your
business plan does not support part of an ongoing sustainable business (for example,
repaying debts), they may decline your application.
You can use a startup business loan to purchase or lease anything related to starting your new business—for example, premises, stock, equipment, salaries and promotion, to name a few. Besides starting a new business, you can use this loan to help buy an existing business or to initiate a franchise. Whatever you are planning to use the loan for, you will need to state it in your business plan clearly.
Yes! Each owner/partner can apply separately for a startup business loan. Typically, the maximum lent to one business under the government scheme is £100,000.
Most lenders will approve you for a second startup loan, provided that both loans do not exceed £25,000 at the same time. You will also need to show you have been making steady repayments for at least six months and will need to go through the application process again from the beginning.
Some lenders will require a personal guarantee before approving a startup loan application. This means that an owner or director will need to sign a contract agreeing to personally repay the loan if the business can’t. As long as you’re confident in your business and its financial forecasting, you don’t need to worry too much about signing a personal guarantee.
Yes, but your loan will need to be repaid in full at least six months before the visa’s expiry date.
Yes. If you borrow a loan to start a new business, you will still need to repay the loan even if the business ultimately closes down. Keep this in mind before submitting an application as not repaying the loan back within the agreed period can seriously hurt your chances of getting approved for credit in the future.