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Enterprise Finance Guarantee

Have a workable business proposal but lack security or need to free up overdraft facilities? The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) enables small businesses with a workable business proposal, but lacking sufficient security, to borrow money from approved lenders.

Features and benefits

  • Borrow from £25,001 to £600,000 over 1 to 10 years or, from £600,001 to £1.2 million over 1 to 5 years.
  • Bank of England Bank Rate linked or fixed rate1 interest terms available, dependent on circumstances.
  • Flexible draw down arrangements may be available.
  • Capital repayment holidays may be available.
  • To apply for Enterprise Finance Guarantee, your business's turnover must not exceed £41 million per annum. You must also be able to confirm that your business has not received de minimis State aid beyond €200,000 (or equivalent) over the previous three years.

The British Business Bank's Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme facilitates lending to smaller businesses that are viable but unable to obtain finance from their lender due to have insufficient security to meet the lender's normal requirements. The scheme is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Tell us about your plans and needs so we can agree the interest rate. Then we can let you know whether we need any security. In this situation, EFG provides the lender with a government-backed 75% guarantee against the outstanding facility balance, potentially enabling a 'no' credit decision to become a 'yes'.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme is specifically designed for small businesses. We lend to businesses of all ages, so you wouldn’t be refused just because your business is young or you can’t offer normal security. In this situation, EFG provides the lender with a government-backed 75% guarantee against the outstanding facility balance, potentially enabling a 'no' credit decision to become a 'yes'.

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

One of our business management team will be happy to speak with you about your application.

However, before you get in touch, please make sure you’ve prepared answers to the following:

  • How much would you like to borrow?
  • How will you use the loan?
  • What length of loan term do you expect?
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Fixed Rate Loan

Borrow up to £50,000 on a fixed rate.

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Business Overdrafts

Make sure extra funds are available when you need them, and only pay interest on the funds you use.

Find out moreabout Business Overdrafts

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Base Rate Business Loan

A loan with a variable rate that changes in line with the Bank of England bank rate.

Find out moreabout the Base Rate Loan

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Our lending products are flexible enough to accommodate almost any business plan.

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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.

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On the phone

0345 072 5555Call telephone number 0345 072 5555

Call us to talk to one of our business management team. Lines open 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturday, except on UK bank holidays.