Bounce Back Loan Scheme

Investec is an accredited lender for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS).

We are now accepting applications from our existing clients and look forward to helping small businesses through this tough time. 

What is BBLS?

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) provides financial support of up to £50,000 to UK businesses that are losing revenue and seeing their cashflow disrupted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s available through a range of British Business Bank accredited lenders and partners, and is part of a wider package of government support for UK businesses and employees. For more details, please visit the British Business Bank website.

What financing can Investec offer under BBLS?

Through the scheme, we can offer existing Investec clients a 6-year term loan of £2,000-£50,000, up to 25% of your business’s turnover. 
 
  • If your turnover is £100,000, you’d be able to borrow a maximum of £25,000
  • If your turnover is £200,000 or above, you’d be able to borrow a maximum of £50,000
To borrow more than £50,000, please see our informationon Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) financing.
 
Please note that as a borrower, you would always remain fully liable for the debt.

Can I apply for BBLS and CBILS financing?

You will not be able to take out additional BBLS financing if you have already borrowed under CBILS, and vice versa. However, if you're an existing CBILS borrower, you can apply under BBLS to refinance your CBILS financing in full, which may be cheaper and more flexible.
 
Please be aware that borrower protections under these schemes vary. You can contact us to discuss this in more detail if you need to.

Is my business eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for BBLS financing through Investec, your business must:
 
  • Be a UK-based sole trader, partnership or company
  • Self-certify that you have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • Generate more than 50% of your (Group) turnover from trading activity in the UK 
  • Self-certify that it was not an “undertaking in difficulty” on 31 December 2019
  • Wish to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 (up to a maximum of 25% of your annual turnover)
  • Have been established before 1 March 2020 
Only businesses who were existing business customers before our BBLS scheme went live on June 17 2020 can apply.
 
Unfortunately, you won’t be eligible if your business:
 
  • Is a bank, building society, credit institution, insurance company, reinsurer, public sector organisation, or state funded primary or secondary school or charity
  • Is bankrupt, going through debt restructuring or in liquidation
  • Has applied or been accepted for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), or Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) over £50,000 
     
If you’ve already received a loan of up to £50,000 under one of the above schemes, you can transfer it into the Bounce Back Loan Scheme by applying as usual and stating refinancing as your purpose. 

How do I pay back the loan?

You won’t pay any fees or interest for the first 12 months as the loan interest is covered by the government. After 12 months you will pay interest at a fixed rate of 2.5% per year.
 
BBLS are available for a fixed 6-year loan term. Early repayment is permitted at any stage with no with no early repayment fees.
 
We won’t charge you any default interest in connection with your loan, even if you breach your loan agreement. We may continue to charge interest at 2.5% per annum if the Scheme Facility is not repaid when due and until such time as it is repaid.
 
If you don’t repay your loan, we may report you to credit reference agencies, which could negatively impact your credit score and make it harder to get credit in the future.
 
We could also require the immediate repayment of all amounts due to us under the loan together with any interest you owe.
 
In the event of default, we will give you a reasonable period to remedy any breach and will not treat it as an event of default if it is remedied by you within this period.
 
We will monitor your repayment record during the life of the Scheme Facility and take appropriate action where there are signs of actual or possible repayment difficulties.

Further information

  • Businesses from all sectors can apply for a facility*
  • Some State aid restrictions may apply
  • You are liable for repaying 100% of the loan and Investec will always seek to recover the outstanding balance from you
  • We will pay due regard to your information needs and provide information to you in a way which is clear, fair and not misleading
  • Should we identify you as or believe you may be vulnerable, we will make appropriate adjustments to ensure that your circumstances are accommodated throughout the duration of the BBLS Loan
  • No personal guarantees are allowed, and no recovery action can be taken over a principle private residence or principle private vehicle
  • Loans made under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme are not subject to the usual consumer protections that apply to business lending and as such you will not have the benefit of the protection and remedies that would otherwise be available to you under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 or the Consumer Credit Act 1974
 
* Credit institutions (falling within the remit of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive), public sector bodies, a state-funded primary or secondary schools and insurance companies are not eligible to apply.

What will I need to apply?

You won’t need to provide any documents to apply, but you will need your Investec Agreement Number. You can find this on any documentation relating to your existing financing with us – if you can’t find it or don’t have access to your documentation, please let us know when you contact us.

 

If you’d like to apply for BBLS financing, please contact us.

Our UK regulators

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Complaints and Ombudsman scheme

If you have a complaint about an agreement with us or a service, please speak to us first by calling 0330 123 9613 or writing using the address shown above. We will acknowledge your complaint and write to you within eight weeks, either confirming our final position or explaining why we are unable to do so. If you are dissatisfied with how we deal with your complaint and you can refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service by writing to Exchange Tower, London, E14 9SR, by calling 0800 023 4567 or by emailing [email protected]. Businesses may have a right to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service. The Ombudsman can tell you whether or not he can deal with your complaint. Visit the Financial Ombudsman Service website: http://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/.