Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Supporting your business with a government-backed business loan

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What you get 

  • Straightforward application with quick access to funds
  • Government covers the first 12 months of interest (this means you pay 0% for the first year)
  • Interest rate of 2.5% p.a. fixed for the full length of the loan
  • Loan amount from £2,000 up to £50,000 or 25% of your annual turnover, whichever is lower
  • No repayments required for the first 12 months
  • 6-year loan with no early repayment charges


  • You have a Santander or Cater Allen current account opened before March 01 2020
  • You’re a UK-based business that has been impacted by Covid-19
  • You haven’t already applied for or received a Bounce Back Loan (BBL) for your business, or for another business in your group
  • Full eligibility details are included within the online application process
  • You don’t already have a CBILS, CLBILS or CCFF unless you’re refinancing it in full by taking this BBLS. We'll contact you afterwards if this applies to you
  • You are not a Relevant Financial Institution (RFI), nor do you intend to become an RFI (as defined within Article 2 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Excluded Activities and Prohibitions) Order 2014)

Repayment example

  • Representative 2.5% APR
    Loan amount £25,000
    Interest rate 2.5% (fixed) p.a.
  • Term 72 months
    First monthly repayment £469.75
    Total amount repayable £27,215.81

The total amount repayable over the term of the loan includes the Business Interruption Payment

Please note the maximum loan size available under BBLS is £50,000.
You cannot increase your funding amount above this under the Scheme if you decide you would like a higher loan amount.

You can use our online chat for any questions you might have. Simply click on the red ‘Chat with us’ area on the right-hand side of our website pages.

To get started:

You will need the following information to apply for a loan from the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS):

  • Company name, address and company registration number (where applicable)
  • Turnover for 2019 (estimates can be used)
  • Santander or Cater Allen current account, with a sort code and account number, which you use to manage your business

Please enter the information as it appears on your statements. It’s important you do this otherwise we may not be able to process your application.

If you’re a sole trader applying for a Bounce Back Loan but have a Santander personal current account which you use for your business, you’ll need to provide us a copy of your full 2018/19 self-assessment tax return. If your business hasn’t been trading long enough to be able to provide a tax return we can accept alternative documents such as a third party invoice which has been paid from your account within the last 60 days, addressed to you and your business or regulatory licence. These applications will take longer to process. Take a look at the ‘Other account information’ section to learn more.

You can’t use your personal current account to apply for a Bounce Back Loan if you’re a limited company or partnership. 

Applications from customers who opened their personal current account after 1 March 2020, or who run their business transactions through an account with another provider won’t be accepted. 

Full details will be provided as part of the application process.

Please note: Any BBL applications received after 7pm will be accepted, but not processed until 9am the next day.

How much will it cost:

You will not need to make any payments for the first 12 months, however, you can repay the loan at any time.

The table below shows illustrative costs for a Bounce Back Loan.

Loan amount£5,000£10,000£15,000£20,000£30,000£40,000£50,000
First monthly payment (at month 13)£93.95 £187.90£281.85£375.80£563.70£751.60£939.49
Total amount repayable over the term of the loan£5,443.18£10,886.32£16,329.50£21,772.71£32,658.98£43,545.27£54,431.60

 The total amount repayable over the term of the loan includes the Business Interruption Payment.

Your monthly repayments will reduce over time as you repay the capital balance.

A Business Interruption Payment (BIP) is the amount the government pays in the first year to cover your interest.

Loan amount£5,000£10,000£15,000£20,000£30,000£40,000£50,000
Business Interruption Payment (BIP)£125.01£249.99£375.00£500.05£749.99£999.98£1,249.97


There are no arrangement fees for setting up a Bounce Back Loan. 

Early repayment charges don’t apply.  

Everything you need to know before you apply

We recommend reading the information in the document below before you apply. You may like to save or print them so you can refer to them in the future.



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While you don’t have to repay amounts under the BBLS for the first 12 months, you need to make sure that you carefully consider the loan amount you apply for and you feel comfortable that you could afford to repay in full.

If you require a business loan over £50,000, please visit Corporate and Commercial Banking 

What is the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)?

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) supports businesses by providing access to a source of alternative finance if you are impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The BBLS is designed to help you in circumstances where you wouldn’t normally meet our eligibility criteria.

Is BBLS backed by the government?

The BBLS is a government backed guarantee scheme, which may allow you to borrow money in these circumstances. The guarantee provides Santander with a full guarantee, should you fail to repay the loan following a demand by Santander. The provision by the UK Government of this support does not imply any endorsement or warranty of Santander from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy or  the  UK Government. 

You will always remain responsible for repayment of the whole (ie.100%) of the debt

What sort of businesses can apply?

Almost all business sectors are eligible for BBLS. The following trades and organisations are not eligible to apply: banks, building societies and insurers (but not insurance brokers); or the public sector including state funded primary and secondary schools.

What does ‘group’ mean in relation to BBLS?

Under the current guidance from the British Business Bank, “A customer may apply for one loan for each separate business, unless the businesses are a group as defined by having a holding company.” Please refer to our Business Group Guidance Sheet for more information.

Can I request a top up or increase my Bounce Back Loan amount?

No, under the scheme guidelines set by the government you can’t increase the loan once it’s paid out.

When will I start repaying my loan?

The Government will be covering interest payments for the first 12 months. 

You won’t need to make a monthly payment until month 13, at which point it will be fixed at 2.5% per annum for the rest of the life of the loan (another 5 years). Your monthly repayments will be made up of capital and interest payable.

You can repay the loan at any time.

How quickly will I get my loan?

For most customers we’ll send you an email (usually within 24hrs) containing documents you need to sign and return to us digitally. Please ensure that you check your junk or spam folders. Once we’ve received your signed documents we’ll send your loan money to your Santander account as soon as we've complete our final checks. 

How will the BBLS scheme affect my existing loan?

If you already have a CBILS loan with us you will need to repay your existing CBILS loan in full by taking this BBLS loan. 

If you have an existing Santander Business loan there will be no changes to this and the BBLS loan will be a separate loan for the additional amount that you apply for.

What are the consequences if I do not keep up with repayments?

If you miss a BBLS Loan payment we will record the details with a credit reference agency which could damage your credit rating and may make it more difficult for you to obtain credit in the future. Also, failure to make your BBLS Loan payments when they fall due may result in legal proceedings being taken against you by us, which may result in us taking enforcement action against you in order to recover the monies that are owed.

What if I don’t have a Santander current account or I’m not a Santander customer?

We’re working hard to do all we can to help our existing business customers who are in urgent need of support under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. This means that we are not currently accepting new applications for Business Current Accounts, but we will review this position over the coming weeks and further details will be available on our website.

Can I apply for a Bounce Back Loan if I hold a Santander personal current account and not a business current account? 

Yes, you can apply for a Bounce Back Loan if you have a Santander personal current account that you use for business. You’ll need to provide us a copy of your full 2018/19 self assessment tax return.
If your business hasn’t been trading long enough to be able to provide a 2018/19 tax return, we can accept other documents such as:

  • Proof of trading address.
  • Proof of the nature of your business such as:
    • A third party invoice which has been paid from your account within the last 60 days addressed to you and your business
    • A current insurance schedule certificate related to your business or regulatory licence e.g. taxi or Food Standards Agency registration document.

For applications using a Santander personal current account we’ll also need additional information from you as part of the application process, this may mean that it takes longer than normal to process your application.

Can I apply for a Bounce Back Loan if I am a Cater Allen business customer?

Yes, you can apply for a Bounce Back Loan with Santander if you are a Cater Allen business customer, please note that the timescales may be slightly longer due to additional processing required.

What other forms of government support are available for businesses?

The Government has launched a range of support measures to help support businesses through the disruption caused by coronavirus including;

  • A statutory sick pay relief package for small businesses.
  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England.
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief; and 
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Please refer to a summary of Government support or the Government support website for full details.

The Bounce Bank Loan Scheme (BBLS) 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). British Business Bank plc is wholly owned by HM Government and is not authorised or regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Full details on BBLS and the list of participating lenders can be found on the British Business Bank website:

Making a complaint

Take a look at our information on how to complain, including details of our complaints handling procedure and your right to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service. 

Apply for a Bounce Back Loan

Everything you need to know before you apply

The scheme offers businesses a government-backed lending facility if they meet the Bounce Back Loan Scheme eligibility criteria.

You can only apply for one Bounce Back Loan per group. Before you start your application, please take a look at the Business Group Guidance Sheet

We updated our guidance on groups on 17/06/2020 so it is possible that, if you applied before and were declined, you may now be eligible.

You may wish to keep a copy of the Business in Difficulty Guidance Questionnaire to hand if you want to check if your business is in difficulty. Please note this does not form part of the application process. 

Important Information including Key Facts

We are expected to do the following in respect of your BBLS Loan (Loan):

  • Monitor repayments you make during the life of the Loan and take appropriate action to help you where there are signs of actual or possible repayment difficulties 
  • Make appropriate adjustments if we identify you as vulnerable or we have reason to believe you may be vulnerable in order to ensure your circumstances are accommodated throughout the duration of the Loan
  • If you default under the BBLS Loan, give you a reasonable period to remedy any breach and will not treat the same as an event of default if it is remedied by you within this period.
  • Not require you to pay any fees of any description (including on default) or any default interest except we may continue to charge interest at 2.5% per annum if the Loan is not repaid when due until such time as it is repaid. 
  • Pay due regard to your information needs and provide information in a way which is clear, fair and not misleading. 

We are to provide you with the following information in relation to your Loan during its term:

  • Timely, clear and adequate information that enables you to understand that, where you fail to make payments under your Loan with us, the amount missed, what can be done to remedy, in what timescales, and the impact (if any) on future repayments;
  • Information about any proposed action we may take in respect of the Loan (upon any default by you), prior to taking such action;
  • Regular information about the Loan (on at least an annual basis) in the form of a statement setting out details of the payment transactions in respect of your Loan during the period since such information was provided (or the date the Loan was advanced to you, if no such information has been provided previously) and amounts outstanding under your Loan; and
  • Information on options available to you for help and assistance, including sources of free independent advice. 

Please note the above is for information purposes only and will not be deemed incorporated into the Loan (nor provide you with any additional rights under it).

Important information is included within documents which can be accessed via the links below. You should read and consider these documents before proceeding with your application. You should print or save copies of these documents for further reference and for your records. If you have any questions regarding these or require further information, please contact us.

All lending is subject to status, availability, our lending criteria and the BBLS eligibility criteria. To ensure that your application is processed without additional information being required, please ensure that all of the details you input into the application reflect those on your business current account and match Companies House. 

The right to decline any application is reserved. BBLS Loans are not subject to the usual consumer protections that apply to business lending and as such you will not have the benefit of the protection and remedies that would otherwise be available to you under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 or the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

If you’re transferring a CBILS overdraft to a Bounce Back Loan

When you opened your overdraft under CBILS, any existing standard overdraft you had on your business banking account with us was incorporated into the CBILS overdraft.
Under the rules of the BBL Scheme, you must transfer your full CBILS facility into a Bounce Back Loan. This means your overdraft will be removed in full. Please take this into consideration when choosing the amount of Bounce Back Loan to apply for.
If you want to, you can apply for a new overdraft on your business current account. We’ll have to assess the application in our usual way, doing a credit check and taking into account the current and expected performance of your business.

It’s important that you read and understand the information in the Bounce Back Loans Key Facts Document and Bounce Back Loan Scheme Data Protection Statement. 

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