Benefits of our small business loans
11.8% APR (fixed) representative based on an assumed unsecured loan amount of £8,000 with 60 monthly repayments of £174.74 at an annual interest rate of 11.20% (fixed). Total amount payable £10,484.40.
APR means annual percentage rate of interest charged against your loan which is a combination of Fixed Rate Cost of Funds (fixed) and an interest margin which is fixed for the term of the loan.
The representative APR is an illustration of the highest rate that we expect to offer up to 51% of successful applicants.
Applicants may receive a different rate of interest based on their individual circumstances.
Our representative APR applies to all unsecured loans with a borrowing amount of up to £25,000 and for businesses with a turnover of up to £25 million. This figure is not necessarily the rate you will be receiving and is for illustrative purposes only.
Are you eligible?
To apply for a business loan online, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Need to borrow £1,000 to £50,000
- Need the money for business, not personal reasons
- Be a sole trader, partner or director and authorised to borrow on behalf of your business.
What you’ll need
To help us assess your application properly, there are a few things we’ll need from you:
- Proof that your business can make the repayments on time.
- Details of any other business loans or finance you have.
- A Guarantee if you’re a Limited Company or Limited Liability Partnership.
- Permission to carry out a credit check.
How to apply
Looking for a loan over £50,000?
Small business loans explained
To help you choose the right type of loan for your business, here’s a guide to the key differences between them.
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You can apply for a Business Loan without having a Business Current Account with us. If your application is successful and you don’t want to open a Business Current Account with us, we’ll give you a fee-free Loan Servicing Account for you, which has no day-to-day fees or charges, until you’ve repaid your loan. You’ll be given this choice during your application.
We offer the government-backed Recovery Loan Scheme to existing Bank of Scotland business customers and some businesses that don’t bank with us. If you have a primary business banking relationship with another provider, please speak to them for support first.
Yes, you can switch your Business Current Account to another provider and keep your business loan. If you choose to close the Business Current Account you hold with us, we’ll give you a fee-free Loan Servicing Account until you’ve repaid your loan. There are no day-to-day fees or charges for these accounts provided there are sufficient funds to cover your repayments.
When you apply for a business loan of up to £50,000, we may ask you for:
- Proof of any other existing finance.
- Details of assets you could use as security, including the estimated value of your business.
- A profile of your business including the experience and track record of its owners and management team.
- Documents showing how much money you and/or the management team have personally invested in the business.
Depending on the specific details of the loan you apply for, we may also ask you for:
- Details of business assets and liabilities
- Historic financial accounts
- Management accounts
- A business plan covering the borrowing term
- Cashflow forecast covering the borrowing term.
We process your business loan application as quickly as possible. Funds should be in your account within 48 hours of your application getting approved.
ANY PROPERTY GIVEN AS SECURITY, WHICH MAY INCLUDE YOUR HOME, MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR OTHER DEBTS SECURED ON IT.
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.
Authorisation can be checked on the Financial Services Register at www.fca.org.uk under the Firm Registration Number 169628.
Whilst 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 circumstance. Specific advice should always be sought in each instance.