The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) is now closed to new applications, including applications for Top-Ups.
If you have a query about BBLS, please contact us using your usual bank contact.
Bounce Back Loan Scheme
Recovery Loan Scheme
A new debt finance programme, the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), was announced by the Government in the Budget on 3 March 2021.
The new Scheme, which will open on 6 April 2021, aims to support businesses affected by Covid-19 as they recover and grow following the pandemic.
The Bounce Back Loan (BBL) scheme is a government initiative to support small and medium-sized businesses. The government provides banks like Ulster Bank with a guarantee for 100% of the loan.
You will have to repay this loan in full.
Bounce Back Loan
Borrow from £2,000 up to £50,000 (up to a maximum of 25% of your turnover)
Fixed 6 year loan term, with no early repayment fees if you wish to repay the loan early
Interest rate is 2.5% fixed
12 month capital repayment holiday is automatically applied at the start of the loan (this may mean you pay more interest over the term)
The government pays the fees and interest for the first 12 months
Personal guarantee is not required
Bounce Back Loan Top-Up
If you have borrowed less than 25% of the annual turnover you stated on your original Bounce Back Loan application form, you are eligible to apply for a Top-Up
The combined value of your original loan and Top-up cannot exceed 25% of your originally stated turnover, and is subject to an overall cap of £50,000. You may only apply for a Top-Up once
The minimum borrowing amount for a Top-Up is £1,000
An interest rate of 2.5% per annum applies on the Top-Up. This is the same interest rate which applies to your existing Bounce Back Loan
Government covers the interest on the Top-Up up to the date on which your original interest free period on your existing Bounce Back Loan expires (i.e. 12 months after the initial draw-down of the original loan amount)
No capital repayments are required up to the date on which your repayment holiday on your existing Bounce Back Loan expires (i.e. 12 months after the initial draw-down of the original loan amount)
The term of the Top-Up will expire on the same date as the term of your original Bounce Back Loan
Pay As You Grow
The Government has announced Pay As You Grow options for Bounce Back Loan borrowers to help businesses get back to regular trading. Pay As You Grow could give you more time and flexibility to pay back your loan.
Pay As You Grow options will be available to you once you start to repay your Bounce Back Loan, from 12 months after it was first drawn down.
Using your PAYG options won’t affect your credit score, or negatively affect your credit file. We may use your requests for Pay As You Grow options to help us assess affordability in any future lending applications, for example we will look at your incomings and outgoings, including the future repayments on your Bounce Back Loan, and also the total amount of all your borrowings, which will include the amount of your Bounce Back Loan.
Find out more about your Pay As You Grow options.
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme is provided through a government scheme and does not benefit from the same level of consumer protection as our other loans. If you are in any doubt about whether this loan is right for you, you should take legal advice. Over 18s only. Subject to status. Business use only. Eligibility criteria applies.
Eligibility criteria for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme
You may be eligible if:
You’re a UK resident with a business or registered charity based in the UK
You can evidence that your business was established before 1 March 2020
You can certify that your business has been adversely impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)
You're an existing Ulster Bank business banking customer
You won't be eligible if:
You already have a Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan or the Bank of England's Covid Corporate Financing Facility
You’re a credit institution (falling within the remit of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive), public sector body, a state-funded primary or secondary school or an insurance company
Your business is subject to collections or collective insolvency proceedings
You did not start your application by 31 March 2021.
The Bounce Back Loan and Top-Up scheme is now closed
Managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA.
More information on what you can expect from us as a lender during the life of your Bounce Back Loan, including any Top-Up amount
What we have agreed to address
We will monitor your repayment record during the life of your Bounce Back Loan and take action to help you where there are signs of actual or possible repayment difficulties.
If we identify that you might be vulnerable, we will make appropriate adjustments to ensure that your circumstances are accommodated throughout the duration of your Bounce Back Loan.
If you default under your Bounce Back Loan, we will give you a reasonable period to remedy any breach and we will not treat the default as an event of default if it is remedied within this period.
We will not require you to pay any fees of any description (including on default) or any default interest (except if the Bounce Back Loan is not repaid when due we may continue to charge interest at 2.5% per annum until such time as it is repaid).
We will give consideration to your information needs once you have a Bounce Back Loan with us and provide information to you in a way which is clear, fair and not misleading.
We will provide you with information on your right to repay a Bounce Back Loan before your Bounce Back Loan is binding you.
We will provide you with information on the risks of non-repayment of your Bounce Back Loan, including the impact on your credit file before your Bounce Back Loan is binding on you.
What information we have agreed to provide
- Timely, clear and adequate information that will help you to understand that, if you fail to make payments under your Bounce Back Loan, the amount missed, what can be done to remedy, in what timescales, and the impact (if any) on your future repayments;
- if you default, we will give you information about any proposed action we might take in respect of your Bounce Back Loan, prior to taking such action;
- regular information about your Bounce Back Loan (on at least an annual basis) in the form of a statement setting out details of the payment transactions on the Bounce Back Loan during the period since such information was provided (or the Initial Drawdown Date, if no such information has been provided previously) and amounts outstanding under the Bounce Back Loan; and
- information on options available to you for help and assistance, including sources of free independent advice.
Complaints and escalation
We always try to give you the best possible service. If, however, you want to make a formal complaint to us, the easiest way is online but there are also other ways. For more information and to make a complaint online, visit our complaints page.
You can also escalate to The Financial Ombudsman Service where eligible. The Financial Ombudsman is an independent organisation. They sort out complaints consumers and certain financial businesses haven’t been able to settle themselves. If for some reason you haven’t been able to resolve a complaint within 8 weeks, or if you are not satisfied with the resolution then you can refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service. If you receive a final response letter from us, and still want to contact the Financial Ombudsman Service, you will need to do this within 6 months of receiving a final response letter from us. To find out more about the service visit: financial-ombudsman.org.uk
More support for your business needs
Loan repayment holiday to give your business a bit of breathing space
If you have a business loan with us, you can request a loan repayment holiday through your Relationship Manager or apply online.
Business overdraft can support your cashflow when you need it most
An arranged overdraft is a flexible, short-term safety net. Security may be required. Product fees may apply. Over 18s only. Subject to status, business use only.
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