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The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) is part of the government’s wider finance relief package to support those struggling as a result of the pandemic, to help them stay afloat and eventually get back on their feet.

Since the launch of the BBLS in response to the ongoing COVID crisis, there have already been more than 600,000 borrowers benefitting from nearly £19billion worth of financial support.

Let’s break this down into bitesize chunks.

What is a bounce back loan?

A bounce back loan is a form of financial support actioned by the government in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available for businesses experiencing cash flow or revenue problems as a direct result of COVID-19.

The list of lenders is still expanding, all of which are British Business Bank (BBB) accredited partners. There are plenty of the big names that you’d expect to see. Barclays, Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Santander and most recently, Metro Bank, are all offering loans under the terms of the scheme.

What sort of lending terms are available through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme?

Bounce back loans were originally issued on a 6-year term that could be paid back earlier, and without the borrower being subject to early repayment fees. The Chancellor’s recent Winter Economy Plan extends the loan period from 6 years to 10. This gives borrowers more time to repay the loan if the need it.

The application period has also been extended. Potential borrowers now have until March 2021 to apply for a loan under the bounce back scheme.

Lenders can provide anything from £2,000 to 25% of the business’ turnover, but are capped at a maximum loan of £50,000.

Interest rates have been made deliberately affordable at 2.5% per annum so that the scheme is fair and accessible to a diverse range of businesses.


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Who is eligible for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme?

The list of those applicable to the BBLS is varied but specific. In order to be accepted for a loan, you must:

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