More than £3bn lent to small businesses through Government scheme


Smaller businesses that would previously have struggled to obtain finance have now accessed more than £3bn through the British Business Bank’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme.

The Government initiative provides loans of between £1,000 and £1.2 million to smaller businesses who would have been – or already have been – turned down for a loan or other form of debt finance because they were not able to provide sufficient security for the loan.

To date it has provided over 28,300 business loans, at an average value of £105,000, to allow smaller businesses across the UK to successfully grow their business.

Margot James, the Small Business Minister, said: “Building an economy that works for all is an important part of our Industrial Strategy, which is creating the conditions for businesses to start up and grow right across the country. Today’s £3 billion lending milestone shows just how much Government support is available to help ensure small businesses get the access to finance they need to succeed.”

Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman, urged lenders to embrace and promote the initiative.

He said: “This milestone is testament to the fantastic work that the British Business Bank does right across the UK. The Bank facilitates vital access to finance for thousands of small firms, particularly in areas of the country where investment is harder to secure. The £3 billion of lending backed by the Enterprise Finance Guarantee is a critical lifeline for our small business community.”

What is the Enterprise Finance Guarantee?

Introduced in 2009, the British Business Bank’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) facilitates business finance to smaller businesses that have a sound borrowing proposal and robust business plan but are unable to obtain finance from their lender due to having insufficient security to meet the lender’s normal requirements.

EFG supports a wide range of business finance products, including:

How does it work?

There are around 40 accredited lenders on the scheme. These lenders range from high-street banks, to challenger banks, to asset based lenders, through to smaller specialist local lenders.

If the EFG lender can offer finance on normal commercial terms without the need to make use of the EFG, they will do so.

Where the small business has a sound borrowing proposal but no, or inadequate security, the lender will consider the small business for support via the EFG.

The EFG provides the lender with a government-backed 75% guarantee against the outstanding facility balance, potentially enabling a ‘no’ credit decision from a lender to become a ‘yes’.

The borrower pays a 2% Guarantee Fee as a contribution towards the costs of the scheme.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for support via EFG, the small business must:

If you are interested in finding out more about whether your business is eligible for funding under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, call us on 0800 9774833 or email As an independent commercial finance broker, we can assess your funding requirements and introduce the most suitable lender and solution for your needs.


Some of the funders we work with

  • Peak Cashflow
  • PNC Business Credit
  • Clear Factor
  • Metro Bank SME Finance
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Nationwide Finance
  • Praetura Invoice Finance
  • eCapital Commercial Finance
  • Optimum Finance
  • Time Finance
  • InvoCap
  • Tradeplus24
  • Davenham Asset Finance
  • Close Brothers Invoice Finance
  • Partnership Invoice Finance
  • Investec
  • Barclays
  • Merchant Money
  • Giant
  • Ultimate Finance Group
  • Woodsford Tradebridge
  • Aldermore Invoice Finance
  • Regency Factors
  • Team Factors
  • Davenham Trade Finance
  • Leumi ABL
  • 4Syte
  • IGF Invoice Finance
  • Sonovate
  • Berkeley Trade Finance Ltd
  • Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance
  • Skipton Business Finance
  • Kriya
  • ABN AMRO Commercial Finance
  • Pulse Cashflow Finance
  • Accelerated Payments
  • Santander Corporate & Commercial
  • Roma Finance
  • Blazehill Capital
  • Cynergy Business Finance
  • MaxCap
  • Castlebridge
  • Haydock Finance Ltd

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