Find Out More About Your Business Loan
What is an unsecured business loan?
An unsecured business loan is a funding option that enables UK businesses to borrow money without having to offer security to a lender through collateral. This simple funding solution allows you to borrow up to £500,000 in funding without having to jeopardise valuable business assets like equipment, property and land. Unsecured business loans provide greater flexibility, giving business owners the opportunity to quickly fund their company hassle-free.
- Borrow between £1,000 and £500,000
- Receive quick funding in just 24 hours
- Repay in scheduled monthly instalments
- Short to medium repayment terms
How do unsecured business loans work?
Our unsecured business loans have been designed with on-the-go business owners in mind. The process is simple, your application will be looked at by one of our account managers who will match you to the best lender for your business. After being paired with a lender you will be able to discuss the terms of your loan agreement and a fixed repayment term will be decided. Once both parties have signed the agreement, you will be able to access the sum of money in a matter of hours, and all without the added inconvenience of providing assets as security. During your borrowing term, you will make monthly or quarterly repayments at a pre-agreed, competitive interest rate until the loan is paid off in full.
- Easy online application with little paperwork
- No need for proposals or valuations of assets
- Repayment terms that suit your business
Is my business eligible for an unsecured business loan?
At SME Loans we work tirelessly to maintain our approval rate and ensure as many businesses as possible get the funding they need to continue to succeed. Delving into the detail, we treat each business individually, reading between the lines to find potential where traditional lending facilities won’t.
All businesses strive for growth, which is why we work with lenders who place emphasis on the current strength of your business, overlooking any previous issues or shortfalls where they can. Our simple qualifying criteria:
- Registered in the UK
- Actively trading for a minimum of 6 months
- A minimum monthly turnover of £5,000
- Business owner is over the age of 18
Our application process has been designed to ensure an efficient, transparent service is provided to all of our clients. We know that for business owners, time is money - which is why we have prioritised guaranteed quick results. If there’s anything you’re unsure of when making an application, feel free to give us a call on 020 3475 9213 and our team will be happy to help. To apply for an unsecured business loan:
Step 1: Click ‘apply’. You will first be asked some basic details to verify your business. Please expect to be disclose:
- The amount you want to borrow
- Average monthly card sales
- Name & registered office of your business
- Number of years trading
Step 2: Your application will then be directed further down the page, where you will be asked to fill in contact details, including your:
- Title, first name and surname
- Position in company
- Email and phone number
Step 3: After you read and accept the terms and conditions to apply you will be able to click ‘get my quote’. From here your application will be processed and reviewed by one of our commercial directors.
Step 4: Once your application has been reviewed by the lender we’ve matched you with, one of their dedicated account managers will be in touch to discuss the terms of your loan agreement. At this point you are welcome to ask the lender anything you are unsure about, including monthly repayments, to make sure there are no nasty surprises along the way.
Step 5: Carefully read through all the terms of agreement, sign the relevant documentation and return it to the lender. You will then be able to access the money from your account in just 24 hours.
What are the benefits of unsecured business loans?
Unsecured business loans provide UK businesses with more flexibility, and unlike when you receive funding from investors, they allow you to keep complete ownership of your company and the way that it’s run. An unsecured loan can help you overcome obstacles, finance new ventures, generate greater revenue and continue exponential growth. As well as this:
- Funding is fast. Businesses can access working capital within as little as 24 hours.
- Repayment plans are tailored. Make fixed monthly payments over a period of 1 to 3 years.
- We find the best rates. Keeping the APR and amount you pay back at a low.
- The approval rate is high. Compared to traditional lenders it is far easier to secure funding.
- No collateral is required. Keep your business assets safe in the event you default on payments.
- Funding for any purpose. The choice is yours, use your loan how you see fit.
How much of a business loan can I qualify for?
We offer our clients unsecured finance between £1,000 and £500,000 subject to status. The amount you are able to borrow will largely depend on your business’ financial situation, taking into consideration:
- How long your business has been trading
- Your minimum monthly turnover
- Business and personal credit score
Are unsecured business loans regulated by the FCA?
Responsible lending means everything to us. We are a credit broker and the lenders that we work with are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, which means that they upkeep the highest standard of lending practices for our clients.
Do I need to provide security for an unsecured business loan?
No. As the small business loans we offer are unsecured, you aren’t required to secure the loan against an asset. However, please be advised that the lender may require you to sign a personal guarantee.
- What is a personal guarantee?
A personal guarantee is a legally binding signed document that agrees in the event your company defaults on the loan repayments, you will be personally liable for paying back the money to the lender. This guarantee exists to ensure the lender has a way of getting their money back if your business is unable to upkeep repayments.
- How risky are personal guarantees?
Whilst a personal guarantee should always be approached with caution, if you are satisfied with your business’s financial situation, and confident that you’ll be able to pay back the loan repayments on time, then there is little need to worry.
What is commercial finance?
As the name suggests, commercial finance is the blanket term used to cover a range of funding products for businesses. There are two main categories of commercial finance that these funding products fall under, secured and unsecured. Whilst we have already discussed what unsecured means, if finance is secured it requires the borrower to put up business assets as collateral for the loan. The features of commercial finance:
- Available for business, not consumer use
- Can be unsecured or secured over short, medium or long repayment terms
- Lent at an annual percentage rate (APR)
What are the types of commercial loans?
We offer a variety of commercial loans that are unsecured and hold huge benefits for businesses. By choosing to borrow through us, you will have access to:
- Sole trader loans
- Start up loans
- Small business loans
- Islamic finance
- Emergency business loans
Sole trader loans
Sole traders typically struggle to receive funding from traditional facilities because many lenders refuse to lend based on bank statements alone. We work with lenders that specialise in providing commercial loans to sole traders, and aim to arrange the lowest interest rates possible.
Start up loans
Like sole traders, start ups struggle with approval from traditional lending facilities. Our start up loans help new businesses that have 6 months trading under their belt receive up to £500,000 in funding. There are no application or set up fees either, which means the amount paid is kept low.
Small business loans
Our loans for small businesses help support growth and expansion ventures, each business owner is free to spend the money how they see fit. Because small business loans are offered over the short term, the funds are quick to access and repayments only have to be made for a limited time.
We offer our interest free merchant cash advance product for Sharia compliant businesses. Using our halal loans, between £5,000 and £500,000 can be borrowed and there are no fixed repayment terms. Islamic finance is paid back using a small percentage of customer card sales.
Emergency business loans
In emergency situations there is no time to waste. We offer quick, 24 hour access to finance through our emergency business loans. The loans are unsecured which means we are able to make loan arrangements with haste, providing a vital solution to resolving business emergencies.
What are the benefits of commercial loans?
Commercial loans are versatile and give sole traders and limited companies a financial lifeline when they need it most. Each funding option comes with its own pros and cons, and it’s important to be sure you will be able to repay the loan or finance before making any agreements. The benefits of commercial loans are:
- Retain ownership of your business: Unlike receiving funding from venture capitalists, commercial loans allow you to keep 100% of your business shares, which means all decisions in the business are yours.
- Keep business assets safe: If you choose commercial loans that are unsecured like the ones we offer don’t require you to provide security for funding. Secured business loans come with the risk of losing your assets, so be sure to factor this in when making a decision.
- Choose your repayment terms: Commercial finance can be offered over short, medium or long terms. This allows you to choose a product that suits your business needs best and pay back the money you owe comfortably.
- Working capital when you need it: Running a business is costly. With limited cash reserves, commercial finance can provide you with the financial cushion needed to continue growth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Get the answers to all your questions about business loans here:
How much does it cost to get an SME Loan?
Because growing businesses are at the heart of everything we do, we never charge any fees to use our service. You can get a no-obligation quote entirely free of charge.
As a business funding brokerage, we only receive commission from the specialist broker we successfully introduce you to.
What does APR mean?
APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate, which is the annual rate charged for borrowing through an investment. In the case of business loans, it refers to the total interest you will need to repay annually on the loan amount. The lower the APR, the lower your monthly repayments will be.
What’s the most I can apply for, and for how long?
Through SME Loans you can apply for funding amounts up to £500,000. This is over the course of 1 – 3 years.
Will applying for a business loan impact my credit score?
Some of the loan providers SME Loans work with run soft credit search, so you don’t need to worry about your application leaving a footprint on your credit report. A full credit search will only be run if you choose to pursue the offered loan.
If my application gets approved, how long do I have to accept the offer?
You have 3 working days from receiving the agreement to accept the lender's offer.
When do I make my loan repayments?
Usually you will be expected to make your first repayment one month after accepting your loan. Paid in monthly instalments, the repayment structure will be made clear in the terms of agreement with your chosen lender.
Will I need a personal guarantee?
As the lenders we work with offer unsecured loans, in the place of collateral you will most likely be asked to sign a personal guarantee.