The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) is a government-backed funding solution that is designed to provide financial support to businesses that have been affected by the economic impact of events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The RLS aims to help smaller UK businesses with a turnover of up to £45 million access financial properties they may not otherwise have had access to, such as cash flow, growth and investment opportunities.
What are the key features, and is your business eligible for RLS phase 3? In this article, we will explore:
RLS loans intend to help businesses recover and stabilise by offering favourable terms and conditions, often with lower interest rates and extended repayment periods. Any UK business not subject to the Northern Ireland Protocol is able to apply for RLS Phase 3. The timeline of the RLS phases is as follows:
Phase one: 6th April 2021 - 31st December 2021
Phase two: 1st January 2022 - 30th June 2022
Phase three: from August 2022
Other benefits of the recovery loan scheme include:
While some facilities of the recovery loan scheme share similarities, it is worth noting that Phase 3 includes key updates from Phase 2.
The differences are outlined below:
|Features||Phase 2||Phase 3|
|Maximum value||£2 million per business, and £6 million per business group.||
£2 million per business group for borrowers not subject to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Or up to £1 million for business groups in line with the Northern Ireland Protocol. It is worth noting that businesses within this sector may have lower limits.
|Personal guarantee||Not eligible for facilities below £250,000, with a cap at 20% outstanding balance for lending more than £250,000.||Permitted for facilities of all sizes.|
|Impact of COVID-19||Businesses must declare that they have been impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.||Businesses do not have to declare the impact of COVID-19.|
|Use of administered guarantee schemes||May have accessed other UK guarantee schemes, although the total amount borrowed needs to include the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).||CBILS and RLS schemes offered before 30th June 2022 do not impact the maximum amount to borrow|
The amount that a business with a turnover of up to £45 million can borrow remains as it was, as well as the 70% Government guarantee to the lender.
If you are looking to increase the funding for your working capital, expand or even diversify your business, a recovery loan scheme may be effective for your company’s goals.
Other key features of the RLS include:
Guarantee to the lender: an RLS guarantee provides the lender with a 70% backed guarantee by the government against the outstanding balance of the facility after it has completed its recovery process. The borrower will always remain 100% legally responsible for the debt.
Loan length: if you acquire a term loan or asset finance support, these facilities are available from three months to up to six years. For overdrafts and invoice finance, the term is between three months and three years.
Offers a variety of services: an RLS can support you with your assets, invoice finances and overdrafts. However, not all lenders can offer all services.
Personal guarantee: a personal guarantee can be taken in line with the lender’s commercial lending practices.
Prices and rates: depending on the lender, interest rates and fees you are charged will depend on the lending agreement. The price will take into account the government guarantee benefit.
At Union Business Finance we can provide the following options for the recovery loan scheme, including:
To check if you can apply for phase 3 of the recovery loan scheme, the criteria includes:
That your business has a turnover of up to £45 million.
You are a UK-based business: the business borrowing the loan carries out trading activities in the UK.
Viability test: The lender must know about the borrower’s viable business proposition, and is able to disregard any concerns over business performance due to the impact of COVID-19.
You are not a business in difficulty: you may be a business in difficulty if you show poor credit and are subject to a very high credit risk.
Subsidy limits: all borrowers in receipt of the RLS must be provided with a written statement that confirms the type of support needed.
An RLS scheme is available from accredited lenders, such as banks and loan companies.
Similarly to other loans, if you fail to repay the RLS then your business remains 100% liable for the debt, leading to liquidation. If you agreed on a personal guarantee, this would also be an insolvency.
At Union Business Finance, our team of trusted experts can help you find the best financial solution for your business with our wide range of loans to help your company grow. We pride ourselves on our easy application process and quick turnaround time.
Our bespoke business loans include:
Contact us today for more information.