Start or grow your own business
- Borrow up to £25,000 over 1-5 years
- Fixed interest rate of 6% p.a.
- 12 months of free mentoring
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Established in 2012, Start Up Loans (SUL) is a government-backed subsidiary of the British Business Bank. Working with a national network of delivery partners, its goal is to ensure new businesses have access to affordable funding and mentoring. SUL loans are available to individuals to start a new business or expand an existing enterprise.
In addition to getting the business loan, successful applicants will have access to a year of free business mentoring.
With an SUL loan, up to four partners can each apply for a maximum of £25,000, so potentially £100,000 is available per business. Loans are unsecured, meaning no assets are needed as collateral.
|Loan type||Fixed rate unsecured loan|
|Loan amounts||£500 to £25,000|
|Loan terms||1 year to 5 years|
|Loan rate type||Fixed|
|Personal guarantee||A personal guarantee may be required|
|Multiple loans allowed at the same time|
|Option to top up a loan|
|Early repayment fee|
Up to four partners in a business can choose to borrow between £500 and £25,000, meaning a maximum borrowing potential of £100,000 per business. Interest rates are currently fixed at 6%, meaning repayments will remain the same over the term of the loan.
It’s important to be certain that the repayment terms are realistic and achievable before applying for an SUL loan. You will also need to meet the following criteria:
|Maximum trading requirement||2 years|
|Business types||Limited Company,Sole Trader,Partnership|
|Additional eligibility info||Your business must have been trading for less than 24 months to apply. Start Up Loans are not available to fund debt repayment, training/qualifications/education programmes or investment opportunities that don't form part of an on-going sustainable business.|
The director that applies will need to be aged 18 or above, resident in the UK with the right to work in the UK, and will need to pass credit checks.
In addition to these criteria, your business type and loan purpose, ie how you intend to spend the funding, will need to comply with eligibility criteria set by the scheme. Detailed information on excluded business types, and excluded loan purposes can be found on the SUL website.
If you’ve decided that an SUL loan is the right choice for your business, you can start your application online. You will need to provide a business plan, cash flow forecast and personal survival budget.
Help and advice is provided throughout the application process.
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