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Enterprise Finance Guarantee

If you have a workable business proposal but lack sufficient security, your business can use the Enterprise Finance Guarantee to borrow money.

You could use the loan to pay off any existing Lloyds Bank business overdraft facility, buy or update equipment, move to bigger premises or expand into new markets.

Features and benefits

  • Loans from £25,001 to £600,000 over one to 10 years or,
  • Loans from £600,001 to £1.2 million over one to 5 years.
  • Variable or fixed rate1 interest terms, dependant on circumstances.
  • Flexible draw down arrangements.
  • Benefit from capital repayment holidays, available in certain circumstances.
  • To apply for Enterprise Finance Guarantee, your business's turnover must not exceed £41 million per annum and must have not received de minimis State aid beyond €200,000 equivalent over the previous three years.

Through Lloyds Bank, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provides a partial guarantee for the loan. However, your business remains liable for the full loan amount.

Tell us about your plans and needs so we can agree the interest rate and let you know whether we need any security. As well as the interest, you will pay an arrangement fee, plus a 2% annual Guarantee Fee to the government on the outstanding balance of your loan.

For more information on the Enterprise Finance Guarantee please visit the British Business Bank website.

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How to apply

Enquire online

Completing our business loan calculator takes about 10 minutes. Once we receive your information, we’ll contact you to discuss your business needs in more detail.

Enquire onlineabout business loans

On the phone

0800 022 4378

Call us to talk to one of our relationship managers. We are available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Making sure you get a fair deal

We want you to find a product that's right for your circumstances, which is why we adhere to the Standards of Lending Practice, which are monitored and enforced by the Lending Standards Board.

To find out more you can read the statement of responsibilities, which details what's expected of us, the lender and you the borrower.


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.

1 Interest rates may go down leaving a fixed rate loan at a higher level compared to a variable rate loan. However, if interest rates rise, a fixed rate loan will remain at the same rate.

Important Legal Information

Lloyds Bank is a trading name of Lloyds Bank plc, Bank of Scotland plc and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc. Lloyds Bank plc. Registered Office: 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN. Registered in England and Wales no.2065. Bank of Scotland plc. Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Registered in Scotland no. SC327000. Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc. Registered office 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN. Registered in England and Wales no. 10399850. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under registration number 119278, 169628 and 763256 respectively.

Eligible deposits with us are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). We are covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). Please note that due to FSCS and FOS eligibility criteria not all business customers will be covered.

Calls may be monitored or recorded in case we need to check we have carried out your instructions correctly and to help improve our quality of service.

The products and services outlined on this site may be offered by legal entities from across Lloyds Banking Group, including Lloyds Bank plc and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc. Lloyds Bank plc and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc are separate legal entities within the Lloyds Banking Group.