Am I eligible?If you’re starting a new business or have been trading for less than two years, then you’ve met the first criteria for securing a Start Up Loan. Check out the other criteria below to make sure you’re eligible before applying.
You’re 18 years of age or older
You’re a current UK resident
You’re starting a new business or have been trading for up to 24 months
You’re unable to secure finance from other sources (self-declaration is ok)
Your business is based in the UK
You have the right to work in the UK
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Most business types are eligible to be funded with a Start Up Loan, however we are not able to support the following business types*:
- Chemical manufacture
- Illegal activities
- Banking & money transfer service, and other FCA regulated activities
- Private investigators that do not hold the appropriate licence
- Gambling and betting activities
- Property investment
- Agents for third parties, where a third party earns the majority of the revenue or you would only be earning a commission (not to be confused with franchise businesses which are eligible to apply)
Start Up Loans are designed to finance the initial costs of starting and developing a business, and therefore cannot be used to fund the following activities*:
- Debt repayment
- Training, qualifications or education programmes
- Investment opportunities that do not form part of an on-going sustainable business
Credit Check and Loan Assessment
During the application process, we will undertake a personal credit check with a Credit Reference Agency (CRA). We will also run a series of other checks with Fraud Prevention Agencies (FPAs) to validate both your personal information and bank account details. If you would like more information on how we use your information, please review our terms and conditions.
Our overall loan assessment will also take into account the strength and viability of your business, demonstrated through the Business Plan and Cash Flow Forecast and the affordability of the loan through the Personal Survival Budget you submit with your application.
Where there is a business need, multiple business partners can individually apply for a Start Up Loan of up to £25,000. However, please note we can only lend a maximum of £100,000 to any one business. Each partner’s application will be assessed separately, and if successful, each individual will be personally liable for their loan.
You are still eligible to apply for a Start Up Loan if you are purchasing an existing business, even if that business has been trading for more than two years under different ownership, provided you personally have not owned the business for more than two years.
Please note, you will be required to have sourced a copy of the financial accounts for the business along with your application. Furthermore, if the business was previously or is currently at a loss you will be expected to address this issue directly in your business plan.
Provided you fit the criteria listed on this page, you can apply for a Start Up Loan to support your franchise business. You will be entitled to the same benefits including 12 months of free mentoring and exclusive business offers.
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Learn more about credit checks, repayments and our application process.