Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (UK only)

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (“CBILS”) can provide working capital for smaller businesses in the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues due to coronavirus. CBILS is a government-backed scheme provided by the British Business Bank with the aim of supporting the continued provision of finance to UK businesses.

With a CBILS loan from Close Brothers, you could borrow up to £5m of additional funding on top of your asset finance or invoice finance facility.

What is the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme?

The British Business Bank’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme ("CBILS") facilitates lending to smaller businesses. It is only available through accredited CBILS lenders and is designed to help SMEs manage cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the scheme, we can offer government-backed loans between £1,000 and £5m to businesses using our asset finance and invoice finance facilities.

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How does CBILS work?

CBILS funding could be added onto your asset finance or invoice finance facility if your otherwise viable business has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the provision of finance will enable you to trade out of any short-to-medium term difficulties.

The facility is underwritten, approved and managed by Close Brothers, and repayments are paid directly to us, just like any other business loan. We offer CBILS facilities of up to £5m over a maximum term of three years. 

The guarantee is to Close Brothers ("the lender"), and not the small business. As with any other commercial transaction, the borrower is responsible for repayment of the full value of any facility supported by CBILS.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Please note: Close Brothers can only provide CBILS loans to invoice and asset finance customers. We do not offer standalone loans at any time.


Is my business eligible?

To be eligible for support via a CBILS facility, a business must:


Be a viable UK based business, with a turnover of no more than £45m per annum


Generate more than 50% of its turnover from trading activity


Require a CBILS-backed facility to support trading primarily in the UK


Borrow up to a maximum of £5m (finance terms are up to five years for term loans and asset finance, and three years for invoice finance)


Be suitable for a Close Brothers asset finance or invoice finance facility (usually a B2B company with turnover of £500k or more per annum)

How can I access CBILS through Close Brothers?

If you are an existing Close Brothers Commercial Finance customer, please contact your account manager who will be able to inform you about the application process.

If you are a new customer interested in applying for asset finance or invoice financeand a CBILS facility, please call 08081499318 to speak to one of our funding specialists.

Full details on CBILS eligibility criteria and the list of participating CBILS lenders can be found on the British Business Bank website at:


Downloadable materials

How to apply for a CBILS facility


Useful links

FAQs for SMEs

Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme

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