About the Start-up & Growth Loan
Am I Eligible?
Loans are managed by Business Loans Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Growth Scheme - Business Loans Scotland Debt Finance Fund LP (SL033447) and is fully financed by the Scottish Growth Scheme and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the European Structural Funds 2014 -2020 Programme.
A dedicated Loan Officer will be allocated when you register your enquiry and will discuss your requirements and offer support and assistance where relevant.
Click below for terms of the loan such as amount, rate, term, purpose etc. Loan Terms
How Long Does The Application Process Take?
We can support the following types of legally formed and trading businesses:
- Limited Companies
- Partnerships including Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP’s) with 4 or more partners
- Partnerships including Limited Liability Partnerships with 3 or fewer partners (Loans over £25,000 only)
- Sole Trader (Loans over £25,000 only)
Our primary focus is on businesses engaged in the Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) categories.
Click below for a breakdown of eligible sectors. Eligible Sectors
Am I Ready to Apply?
On submission of your fully completed application, including all the relevant supporting documentation which meets BLS criteria, we aim to make a decision and issue you with your loan offer within 2 weeks (10 working days). A dedicated Loan Officer will guide you through each step of the application process.
Use our checklist before you proceed to ensure you and your business are ready to apply. This can help to avoid any unnecessary delays in processing your application. Checklist
Business Credit Check
All of the documents that we need to consider your loan application are uploaded into our Online Loan Application system (OLA). You should have the relevant documents prepared in digital format on your PC / laptop before you start your application. OLA will accept Word, Excel and pdf formats.
The maximum file size is 5MB, so please ensure your files are less than 5MB, otherwise you will need to split your document.
Click below to see a full list of required information.
Calculate Your Repayments
All businesses submitting loan applications to Business Loans Scotland will be “credit checked” using an external credit checking agency. Business Loans Scotland currently uses the credit checking service provided by Experian although this may change from time to time.
The business credit check will provide an assessment on the risk and rating of the business as well as detail the shareholders and directors of the business.
How Do I Apply?
Work out your monthly repayment by using our loan calculator. Our loan is offered at a fixed interest rate meaning the interest rate doesn't fluctuate during the period of the loan. This allows you to accurately budget for future loan repayments.
If you think you are ready to apply for funding and have all the relevant documents and information prepared according to our checklist, then you should proceed to submit an enquiry. One of our dedicated Loan Officers will be in touch to discuss your enquiry. Apply Now