Finance Application Checklist

Supporting your application.

Whether you’re applying for new borrowing or looking to re-finance existing borrowing, it’s important that we understand the background to your request. This allows us to assess your ability to repay and helps you to choose the most appropriate product to meet your needs.

This checklist gives you details of the type of information we may ask you to provide, to support your application. The list and questions we ask you may vary depending on the amount you wish to borrow and your circumstances. We may ask you for further information in addition to the list below.

Your borrowing requirements

  • How much you want to borrow.
  • How long you would like to borrow it for.
  • Why you want to borrow it.
  • How you will repay it.

About your business

A profile of the business, the owner and/or management team including experience, expertise and track record. How much you and/or the management team have got personally invested in the business. Where the assets being offered as security are located, together with details of the assets, including an accurate estimate of their value (professional valuations will be required in some instances). Whether you have any other borrowing commitments.

Additional information

Depending on your borrowing request, we may also ask you to provide us with:

  • Business plans — usually covering the term of the borrowing.
  • Cash flow forecasts — usually covering the term of the borrowing.
  • Details of your business assets and liabilities, including any additional income from other sources.
  • Management accounts.
  • Historic financial accounts (for example, profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow statements).

Please note: finance is provided for business use only.

Can I borrow for my business?

Can I borrow for my business?

See how likely you are to get a Business Loan or Overdraft without affecting your credit rating. View indicative interest rates and repayment details. 99% of customers who used this tool and opened the same product received an offer rate that was the same, better or no more than 10% above their indicative quote.

Get a quote for a business loan or overdraft

Making sure you get a fair deal

We want you to find a product that’s right for your circumstances, which is why we adhere to the Standards of Lending Practice, which are monitored and enforced by the Lending Standards Board.

To find out more you can read the statement of responsibilities, which details what’s expected of us, the lender, and you, the borrower.


All lending is subject to a satisfactory credit assessment and we will need your permission to carry out a credit check on you and your business.

You should not apply for an amount that you cannot comfortably afford to repay now and in the future to avoid the possibility of legal action.

All lending is subject to status. Security may be required.

We adhere to The Standards of Lending Practice which are monitored and enforced by the Lending Standards Board (LSB)

While all reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the information provided is correct, no liability is accepted by Bank of Scotland for any loss or damage caused to any person relying on any statement or omission. This is for information only and should not be relied upon as offering advice for any set of circumstances.  Specific advice should always be sought in each instance.

Overdrafts are repayable on demand.