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Understanding the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS)


Businesses which have previously received support under the existing schemes will still be eligiblss facilities under this new scheme however unlike previous government schemes (CBILS/Bounce BVback) borrowers will be directly liable for all such interest payments and costs from the outset. et.


In consideration of Crown Preferencing, where HMRC are now a preferred creditor ranked above banks, many firms will begin to find their bank are less willing to extend funding limits, especially where firms are already heavily indebted due to previous government support schemes. (CBILS/Bounce Back loans).


To help this situation and in further support of UK businesses, the UK government has launched a new government backed loan scheme which is intended to support access to finance for UK business as they grow and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) has replaced the existing Bounce Back Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption.


The new scheme was launched on the 6th April 2021 and offers the following finance options:


Invoice Finance and Asset Finance

  • Fund from £1k to £10m

  • Repayment terms of up to 3 years

Term Loan and overdrafts:

  • Fund from £25,001 to £10m

  • Repayment terms up to 6 years

Security:

  • Personal Guarantees over £250k

  • Borrowers private residence cannot be used as security

The scheme will operate through a panel of accredited lenders who have committed to making funds available. In return the government will guarantee 80% of the amount borrowed. No personal guarantees will be taken on facilities up to £250,000, and a borrower’s principal private residence cannot be taken as security.


To be accepted the business can apply funds obtained under the scheme for any legitimate business purpose (including cash flow management, growth and investment).


Businesses which have previously received support under the existing schemes will still be eligible to access facilities under this new scheme however unlike previous government schemes (CBILS/Bounce Back loans) borrowers will be directly liable for all such interest payments and costs from the outset.


The Recovery Loan Scheme ensures businesses of any size can continue to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £10 million per business once the existing COVID-19 loan schemes close, providing support as businesses recover and grow following the disruption of the pandemic and the end of the transition period.

Eligibility:

The RLS scheme is open to UK trading businesses.


Who cannot apply:

Businesses from any sector will be eligible to apply, except banks, building societies, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers) public-sector bodies, state-funded primary and secondary schools.


What you will need to provide:

As funding is provided on an affordability basis you will need to provide the following information to a lender

· Management accounts

· 3 months bank statements

· Business plan (new businesses)

· Historic accounts (at least 2 years)

Lenders will also wish to understand how your firm has been impacted by the COVID pandemic.


Do all lenders offer the same terms?

Accredited lenders can offer their own versions of the scheme. This means that acceptance criteria, amounts available and repayment terms will differ between lenders.


How Do I find Out More?

The British Business bank has issued a FAQ. The link can be found https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/recovery-loan-scheme/faqs/


Next Steps:

The scheme is scheduled to end in December 2021 so if you need support get in touch with your bank or a trusted finance broker who can search the market for the best available terms.

If you do not have a broker, then we would be delighted to support you. Get in touch with us at paul.mccluskey@gemstonelegal.co.uk or visit us at Gemstone Legal.



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