How Does RLS Compare to CBILS | Comparing Recovery Loan Scheme with CBILS

How does RLS compare to CBILS?

How does RLS compare to CBILS? 750 400 Lorna Slee
How Does RLS Compare to CBILS | Comparing Recovery Loan Scheme with CBILS

There have been many questions around what the comparisons are between the old CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme) and its replacement the RLS (Recovery Loan Scheme).

CBILS was introduced by the Government during the COVID pandemic and had been supporting businesses with all their funding needs up until 31st March 2021.  It was replaced by RLS which began on 6th April 2021 only with a few slight differences.

The key comparisons are as follows:

Loan value£50,00 to £5 millionUp to £10 million
Loan termUp to 6 yearsUp to 6 years
Government pays first 12 months interestYesNo
Government pays upfront lender feesYesNo
80% government lender guaranteeYesYes
Personal guaranteesNot permitted on loans up to £250,000Not permitted on loans up to £250,000
Minimum trading history1 to 2 yearsNo minimum
Minimum annual turnoverNo minimumNo minimum
FacilitiesLoansOverdraftsAsset financeInvoice financeLoansOverdraftsAsset financeInvoice finance
Business sizeAll SMEs with a turnover of less than £45 millionNo restrictions

The one area that is not covered in the above, is that of personal guarantees. If the required loan is less than £250,000 then no personal guarantee is required, this changes when the lending facility is above £250,000 and then a guarantee is required.

The RLS is due to run over a 9-month period up until 31st December 2021 with a likely review in the Autumn.

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