How can my business secure a business loan and what if I fail to meet business growth targets and can no longer afford to pay the interest owed?
Loan and debt finance is offered by many lenders, including banks, community finance institutions and a raft of alternative providers, to startups and small businesses. Terms will vary depending on business trading record, intended use, term, security and company balance sheet. Loans are typically used for startup capital or for purchasing equipment, where loans are linked to the useful life of equipment or assets.
Loans have an interest element, which is typically paid monthly, and capital repayment, which can be repaid over the duration of the loan or at its term. Loans can either be secured against company or personal assets, or unsecured for typically smaller amounts. The interest rate charged will vary depending if it’s a fixed rate for the length of the loan or variable rate linked to the bank of England base rate.
Loans are typically inflexible and if you fail to make repayments (the interest rate may have risen if your loan has variable rates, or your income or costs are not in line with forecasts) you could lose your loan security, including personal property or company assets. With debt finance, entrepreneurs retain ownership of your company and profits, although profits are reduced by interest payments. Control is also retained, subject to keeping up interest payments.
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Start Up Loans
WHEN: You have been unable to access mainstream finance.
WHY: You need to find a specialist loan provider that can fund your business.
WHAT: Government backed loans for small businesses less that are less than two years-old. £500-£25,000 loans are available at a fixed interest rate of 6% pa (currently).
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WHEN: You want an overview of potential lenders, including high street names.
WHY: Enables selection of a targeted shortlist of mainstream and alternative lenders.
WHAT: A search facility approved by the UK government.
Alternative business debt
Alternative Business Funding
WHEN: Your mainstream bank won’t fund your loan or finance request and you need to refer to one of three approved alternative finance agents.
WHY: Finance agents search all mainstream and alternative lenders to find lenders that match your business’s finance needs.
WHAT: Online search and quote engine for alternative business debt funding.
Virgin Startup Loan
WHEN: You’re looking for finance with support, advice and a network.
WHY: Virgin Start Up is an approved provider of government-backed Start Up Loans UK.
WHAT: Start-up loans with inclusive support package and networking (less than 2-year-old businesses only). Borrow between £500 and £25,000.
Grants for young entrepreneurs
WHEN: You’re 18-30 and have tried traditional finance and are now exploring other routes.
WHY: All other funding routes have led to funding rejection.
WHAT: Lower-interest loans with business support and mentoring for those aged 18-30.