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Business Loans

The small business loans section has in-depth advice articles and guides on how and where start-up companies and SMEs can get a UK business loan, whether from established commercial finance providers, online providers or even family and friends. SmallBusiness.co.uk are working in partnership with Funding Options to help you find the right finance for your business.

A business loan can be sought for many reasons but is typically used to either: start a new enterprise, fund expansion, fund major capital expenditures, or to cover operational costs that a company may otherwise be unable to afford (i.e. for cash flow reasons).

There are two key categories of loan – secured or unsecured – and both types can be made available over short, medium or long-term periods. There are a wide variety of lenders servicing the many different niches and almost all will usually approve business loans based upon the financial strength of the borrowing business and its perceived ability to earn a profit.

Borrowing money is a major step for a company and almost inevitably introduces a raised level risk. However, taking on debt in the form of a loan is also one of the commonest forms of financing small business operations. Our experts write about business loans from the perspective of the UK SME community and our aim is to help readers understand how small business loans work, the many options available, and how to compare and choose between them.

Ultimately, though, a business loan may not always be the best finance option, so we also encourage readers to look at other routes such as grants and the ever expanding alternative finance channels.

Recovery Loan Scheme up to £10m will replace CBILS and BBLS

In his Budget, Rishi Sunak has announced a Recovery Loan Scheme to replace the CBILS and Bounce Back Loan schemes

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Government Bounce Back Loan for your small business

Everything you need to know about the Covid Bounce Back Loan Scheme – what it is, who offers them, and how much it will cost your small business to take out a loan.

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Bounce Back Loan repayment calculator – how much will your loan cost?

How much will your Bounce Back Loan cost? Use our Bounce Back Loan calculator to find out

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What happens if I can’t repay my Bounce Back Loan?

If my company goes bust, do I still have to repay the Bounce Back Loan? And what happens if I need more time to repay my small business debt?

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Which banks offer Bounce Back Loans? – how to find a BBL lender

Do you need to already be an existing bank customer to get a Bounce Back Loan? Which banks offer Bounce Back Loans to new customers?

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Banks set to scrap plans for Bounce Back Loan debt collection agency

Lenders abandon plan for single emergency Covid-19 loan repayment agency, saying it would be too complicated

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Microbusiness £50,000 Bounce Back Loans – how they work

Government announces 12-month interest-free microbusiness Bounce Back Loans scheme with £50,000 limit and 100% guarantee

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme extended until the end of March

Chancellor also extends furlough scheme until end of April, as businesses reel from pandemic and possible no-deal Brexit

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Microbusiness £50,000 Bounce Back Loans – how they work

Government announces 12-month interest-free microbusiness Bounce Back Loans scheme with £50,000 limit and 100% guarantee

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme extended until the end of March

Chancellor also extends furlough scheme until end of April, as businesses reel from pandemic and possible no-deal Brexit

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How do I apply for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan?

How to apply for the new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme to help small business survive during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Writing off Bounce Back Loans would be best thing to do, say accountants

MPs say debt recovery plans for business loans remain ‘woefully underdeveloped’ in withering assessment of Bounce Back Loan scheme

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A guide to getting a business loan during Covid-19 

Your business needs a government-backed loan but you don’t know where to begin. Funding Options works with 40+ lenders enabling you to make the best choice

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How to get a bridging loan quote

A bridging loan is a useful tool if you need to buy stock in a hurry or you're awaiting payment. Here is everything you need to know

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16 ways to improve your business cash flow

Read here for 16 tried and tested tips and tricks to improve potential cash flow problems

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How Microsoft Teams is helping small businesses stay nimble

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Six ways to boost your small company’s culture with technology

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