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What is an unsecured business loan?
An unsecured business loan is a funding option which does not require security, such as valuable business assets. This means a borrower can secure business financing without risking the loss of important assets such as equipment, property, or 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?
Unsecured business loans are borrowed by businesses and can be used for cash flow, growth and much more. The business is then expected to repay the loan and any accrued interest each month for a fixed period of months until the loan is paid off.
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. Once you have discussed the terms of your loan agreement, a fixed repayment term will be agreed upon.
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
What are the interest rates on unsecured loans?
Interest rates on unsecured loans are determined by the lender. Factors that influence interest rates can include how long a business has been trading for, the monthly turnover of a business, and credit history.
Interest rates will vary from lender to lender. As a credit broker we work with lenders that are able to offer competitive interest rates. So we will always try to match your business to a lender that can provide you with the business finance you need with an affordable interest rate.
Can I get a business loan during COVID-19?
Yes, businesses in the UK can still receive business loans during COVID with SME Loans. The lenders we are working with are still able to operate within lockdown and are still providing business loans to companies. We understand that the Coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns have had a damaging impact on businesses across the UK.
If you have been struggling with finding a loan for your business during the pandemic, then you may want to read our guide to sources of finance. Our quick guide looks at what the government is doing to help, such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). It also provides alternatives if you have struggled in securing financial support from the government.
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
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How can I apply for unsecured business finance?
Our application process has been designed to ensure an efficient, transparent service is provided to all clients. We udnerstand that time is money for business owners, so we prioritise a quick service that provides 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 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 the 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?
The main advantage of unsecured business loans is that there is no risk of losing valuable assets if you fail to repay your loan, such as land. In addition, they offer more flexibility for business owners to invest in the business, unlike when receiving funding from investors.
- Funding is fast. Businesses can access working capital within as little as 24 hours. This is a benefit when compared to having to wait for bank loans.
- Repayment plans are tailored. Make fixed monthly payments over a period of 1 to 3 years.
- We find great rates. We work with lenders who aim to keep the APR and amount you pay back at a low.
- 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 business loan can I get in the UK?
We can offer unsecured business loans in the UK between £1,000 and £500,000. The amount you are able to borrow will depend on how long you have been trading for, minimum monthly turnover, and your personal and business credit rating.
If you're unsure about how your business credit score works or how to improve your business credit score, then you can read our business credit score guide for further information.
Are unsecured business loans regulated by the FCA?
Responsible lending means everything to us. We are a credit broker, and the lenders 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 business loans are unsecured, you aren’t required to secure the loan against an asset, unlike a secured loan. This means that you do not need to risk your assets. 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?
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?
Commercial finance is the blanket term used to cover a variety of funding options for businesses. Secured and unsecured are the main categories for which commercial finance falls under. Secured finance requires the borrower to put up business assets as collateral for the loan. Unsecured requires no collateral.
The features of commercial finance include:
- 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 a variety of finance options. These include:
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.
Like sole traders, startup companies struggle with approval from traditional lending facilities. Our startup 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 work with Sharia-compliant financial institutions that are able to provide financial products that adhere to the rules of Islamic Finance.
Emergency business loans
In emergency situations, which has become a common occurrence following the Coronavirus, 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 can 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 unsecured commercial loans, you are not required 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 a commission when we successfully introduce you to a broker.
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. Lenders will run a full credit search if you choose to accept 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.
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