Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

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COVID-19 - business continuity - UK.


The CBILS will be provided by the UK government owned British Business Bank through participating providers.

It will offer more attractive terms for both businesses applying for new facilities and lenders, with the aim of supporting the continued provision of finance to UK businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The CBILS provides the lender with a UK government-backed guarantee against the outstanding facility balance, potentially enabling a ‘no’ credit decision from a lender to become a ‘yes’.

The UK government will also cover the first 12 months of interest payments, so businesses will benefit from lower initial repayments. The business remains liable for repayments of the capital.

The maximum value of a facility provided under the scheme will be £5 million.

CBILS supports a wide range of business finance products, including:

  • Term facilities
  • Overdrafts
  • Invoice finance facilities
  • Asset finance facilities

To be eligible for support via CBILS, the small business must:

  • Be UK based, with annual turnover of no more than £45 million.
  • Operate within an eligible industrial sector.
  • Be unable to meet a lender’s normal lending requirements for a fully commercial loan or other facility, but would be considered viable in the longer-term.

See also

Resources for COVID-19

ACT technical - COVID-19

UK government: support for businesses

UK government: COVID-19 support hub