Asset Finance Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is now closed to new applications. Please note, applications received by 23.59 on 31 March 2021 can still be processed through to 31 May 2021. If you have a query about CBILS or wish to discuss an outstanding application, please contact us.

Recovery Loan Scheme
A new debt finance programme, the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), was announced by the Government in the Budget on 3 March 2021. The new Scheme, which will open on 6 April 2021, aims to support businesses affected by Covid-19 as they recover and grow following the pandemic. Further information can be found on the British Business Bank website.

What is the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)?

CBILS is a new scheme that can provide facilities for a range of Business Finance products to smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow.

Aldermore is accredited for CBILS via the British Business Bank and able to support with Asset Finance for advances between £50k and £750k.

The CBILS scheme provides Aldermore and other accredited lenders with a government-backed guarantee potentially enabling Aldermore to provide Asset Finance facilities to SMEs to support their investment in new and used assets. In the absence of the CBILS scheme, those SMEs would ordinarily have difficulty raising such finance due to the impacts of COVID-19 as they would likely fall outside of the Aldermore and other asset finance funders’ normal appetite. 

Please note: This scheme is just one of a number of measures announced by Government and full details of the temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19 can be found here.


For more information directly from the British Business Bank please click here

What are the key features of Aldermore’s Asset Finance CBILS Scheme?

  • Advances between £50k to £750k - The maximum value of a facility provided by Aldermore under the scheme will be £750k  
  • Finance terms - between 12 and 60 months
  • No guarantee fee for SMEs to access the scheme - No fee for smaller businesses
  • Interest and fees paid by Government for the first 12 months  - The Government will make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments


Please note: As with any other commercial transaction, the borrower is always responsible for repayment of the full value of any facility supported by CBILS.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply with Aldermore?

Smaller businesses (SMEs) from all sectors can apply for the full amount of the facility, between £50k and £750k.

To be eligible for a facility under Aldermore Asset Finance CBILS, your business must:

  • Be UK based in its business activity with annual turnover of no more than £45m
  • Your application must be for business purposes
  • Your business must generate more than 50% of its turnover from trading activity
  • Your CBILS-backed facility will be used to support primarily trading in the UK
  • You wish to borrow between £50k and £750k over a period of between 12 and 60 months
  • Have a borrowing proposal which, were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic, would be considered viable by Aldermore, and for which we believe the provision of finance will enable your business to trade out of any short-to-medium term difficulty


If Aldermore can offer finance on normal commercial terms without the need to make use of the scheme, we will do so.

Important information

  • Please note: As with any other commercial transaction, the borrower is always responsible for repayment of the full value of any facility supported by CBILS.
  • Please note: The guarantee is to the lender, and not the small business.
  • Any queries from a business with an active or historic EFG facility, including guarantee fee collection or alterations to their repayment profile should raise them with their lender, and not with the British Business Bank.


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T&Cs will apply, subject to status and affordability. Any asset used as security may be at risk if you do not repay any debt secured on it.