Should I take out a Recovery Loan?
From 1 January 2022, the following changes will come into force:
- The scheme will only be open to small and medium-sized enterprises
- The maximum amount of finance available will be £2 million per business
- The guarantee coverage that the government will provide to lenders will be reduced to 70%
These changes will apply to all offers made from 1 January 2022.
What is a Recovery Loan?
The government has replaced the CBILS and Bounce Back loans, which closed on 31 March 2021, with a new scheme: Recovery Loans, which launched on 6th April 2021. The actual amount offered and the terms are at the discretion of participating lenders with the government guaranteeing 80% of the finance to the lender until 1 January 2022 and will reduce to 70% from then.
What you need to know:
- Recovery Loans and overdrafts are available between £25,001 and £10 million per business until 1 January 2022 upon where it will drop to between £25,001 and £2 million per business
- No personal guarantees on loans under £250k
- You have to show that your business has been affected by COVID (this is a broad definition)
- Recovery Loans are not available to businesses currently in liquidation
- If you previously had a CBILS or Bounce Back loan, you can take out a Recovery Loan as well
- Unlike the CBILS/Bounce Back loans, there is no interest-free period with the Recovery Loans
- The maximum length of the facility depends on the type of finance you apply for and will be:
- up to 3 years for overdrafts and invoice finance facilities
- up to 6 years for loans and asset finance facilities
- Taking out a recovery loan could impact a company owner’s ability to obtain a personal mortgage
How you might use a Recovery Loan
There are surprisingly few restrictions on what you can use a Recovery Loan for. You could use it to refinance CBILS/BBL loans to a lower interest rate. You can look at the post-pandemic opportunities for your business and fund them with cheap finance. As a growth opportunity, who knows when we’ll next see such cheap (relatively) unsecured finance.
What you need to think about
The main considerations when taking out a Recovery Loan are:
- What can you afford to repay?
- What does your future cash flow look like?
- What opportunities could you unlock with this finance?
Importance of meaningful information at your fingertips
When taking out any finance and looking at the repayments, keep a close eye on your cash flow. Having visibility of up to date financial information is essential – make sure someone stays on top of the simple things such as bank reconciliations, sending invoices, automating expense entry, and updating forecasts.
The British Business Bank website has a full list of accredited Recovery Loan Scheme lenders. At Wow, we’re here to talk through your options and help with any applications if needed.