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Bounce Back and CBILS Loan Schemes Extended

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Both the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and the CBILS Loan Schemes have been extended to the 31st January 2021.

CBILS information

For further information on the CBILS scheme please click here

Bounce Back Loan Scheme

Below is a summary of the latest information on the Bounce Back Loan Scheme:

  • You now have until 31 January 2021 to apply, but don’t delay in applying as most lenders will require you book a background-check appointment.
  • There's now the option to 'top up' your Bounce Back Loan. This is applicable to businesses that haven't already borrowed the maximum amount permitted under the scheme (ie, 25% of total turnover). This option can only be used once, and it should be available to businesses from the week commencing 9 November. More details are expected to follow shortly.
  • No interest will be charged and no repayments will need to be made in the first 12 months.  
  • After 12 months, all banks will charge a fixed 2.5% annual interest.
  • You can repay the loan early without penalty or with some banks you can part-repay or overpay.      
  • The loans can now last for 10 years i.e. a year interest-free and the rest at 2.5%. However, you can repay at any time without paying a fee, providing flexibility – and the sooner you repay once interest is charged, the smaller the overall cost.
  • Payment holiday and/or interest-only periods of up to six months. This includes the option to:
  • Move to interest-only payments temporarily up to three times, with each interest-only period lasting up to six months, and/or
  • Take one payment holiday over the length of the loan, pausing repayments for up to six months. This option can only be used once you've made at least six payments (whether capital and interest or interest only). 
  • Your business must have been established before 1 March 2020. It must also still be trading as a going concern at the point of application (temporary cessation due to coronavirus doesn't matter) – and the reason for any issues must be due to coronavirus.
  • Credit ratings (business or personal) won't affect your eligibility. You don't need to prove the viability of your business.
  • The loan will likely go on your business credit report, but not on your personal one (though banks may do 'soft' credit checks on both).
  • Bounce back loans DON'T affect your eligibility for other Government personal support i.e. you can still apply for a bounce back loan and get the SEISS support grants.

How to apply

Click here to find a lender and apply for a Bounce Back Loan.


If you’d like to discuss funding options for your business please get in touch with Steve Dinsmore on 01132 211386 or email stephen.dinsmore@armstrongwatson.co.uk.

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