Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme’ (CBILS) – Update

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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme’ (CBILS) – Update

CBILs was announced in the March 2020 Budget.

In the course of being set up, it will be provided by the British Business Bank, offering attractive terms for both businesses and lenders, with the aim of supporting the continued of UK businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

he British Business Bank’s CBILS facilitates business finance to smaller businesses that are viable but unable to obtain finance due to having insufficient security to meet the lender’s normal requirements.  The borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt.

In this situation, CBILS provides the lender with a government-backed 80% guarantee against the outstanding facility balance, potentially enabling a ‘no’ credit decision from a lender to become a ‘yes’.

It supports:

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


  • Be UK based, with turnover of no more than £41 million per annum
  • Operate within an eligible industrial sector (a small number of industrial sectors are not eligible for support – see below)
  • Have a sound borrowing proposal, but insufficient security to meet a lender’s normal requirements
  • Be able to confirm that they have not received de minimis  State aid beyond  €200,000 equivalent over the current and previous two fiscal years

An accredited lender can use CBILS to help a borrower access from £1,000 to £1.2 million. Finance terms are from three months up to ten years for term loans and asset finance and up to three years for revolving facilities and invoice finance.

To apply for an CBILS-backed facility, businesses may wish to consider approaching one or more participating lenders to discuss their borrowing needs.

Eligibility restrictions

Please note that a limited number of further eligibility restrictions do apply. Full details can be found here.

Almost all business sectors are eligible, however there are a small number of excluded/restricted sectors arising primarily from EU de minimis-State aid rules. 

Look at the British Business Bank’s website for updates – click here.

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