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Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS)

The Recovery Loan Scheme is a new scheme to support businesses as they recover and grow following the Coronavirus pandemic, offering lending from £25,001 up to £10m.

Supporting your business through the recovery

The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) launched on 6 April 2021 and supports access to finance for UK businesses1 (subject to eligibility and certain restrictions2) as they recover and grow following the Covid-19 pandemic.

RLS aims to help businesses affected by Covid-19 and can be used for business purposes, including managing cashflow, investment and growth. It is designed to support businesses that can afford to take out additional finance for these purposes.

Businesses who have taken out a CBILS, CLBILS or BBLS facility are able to access the new scheme. The Scheme will run until 31 December 2021, subject to review.

How the Recovery Loan Scheme can support your business

  • Facility size: Barclays is offering term loan facilities up to a maximum of £10m per business (maximum £30m per group). Minimum facility size is £25,001
  • Flexible terms: Term loans are available from twelve months, for up to six years
  • Interest and fees to be paid by the borrower from the outset: Businesses are required to meet the costs of interest payments and any fees associated with the RLS facility
  • Access to multiple Covid-19 schemes: Businesses that have taken out a CBILS, CLBILS or BBLS facility are able to access the new scheme although the amount they have borrowed under a previous scheme may in certain circumstances limit the amount they may borrow under RLS.
  • Personal Guarantees are not permitted for facilities of £250,000 or less. Above £250,000 the maximum amount that can be covered under RLS is capped at a maximum of 20% of the outstanding balance of the RLS facility after the proceeds of business assets have been applied. No personal guarantees can be held over Principal Private Residences
  • Guarantee to the Lender: The scheme provides the lender (Barclays) with a government-backed guarantee against the outstanding balance of the facility. The borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt.

RLS eligibility

  • Covid-19 impact: The borrower must confirm to the lender that it has been impacted by Covid-19
  • UK-based: The borrower must be carrying out trading activity in the UK
  • Viability test: Barclays will consider that the borrower has a viable business proposition but may disregard any concerns over its short-to-medium term business performance due to the uncertainty and impact of Covid-19. Barclays can request forward looking forecasts to support our decision on viability
  • Credit and fraud checks for all applicants: Barclays will be required to undertake credit and fraud checks for all applicants
  • Turnover limit: There is no turnover restriction for businesses accessing the scheme.

Applying for the Recovery Loan Scheme

Our relationship teams are here to support you, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with your relationship contact for assistance as needed. They will be able to discuss whether an RLS is right for your business, and help you with your application.

Applications will be open until 31 December 2021, subject to review.

You will need to provide certain documents when you apply for an RLS-backed facility. These are likely to include:

  • Management accounts
  • A business plan
  • Historic accounts
  • Forward looking financial forecasts
  • Details of assets
  • Confirmation of eligibility

Important information

1The Recovery Loan Scheme is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA. Visit www.british-business-bank.co.uk/recovery-loan-scheme^

2The following are not eligible under RLS: Banks, Building Societies, Insurers and Reinsurers (excluding Insurance Brokers), public sector bodies, state funded primary and secondary schools.

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