Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Supporting UK businesses during coronavirus, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme is now closed.


Greater flexibility with repayments – Pay as You Grow

Businesses that took out government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through Covid-19 have greater flexibility to repay their loans.

Pay As You Grow (PAYG) enables businesses who are repaying their Bounce Back Loans to:

  1. Request an extension of their loan term to 10 years from six years, at the same fixed interest rate of 2.5%
  2. Reduce their monthly repayments for six months by paying interest only. This option is available up to three times during the term of their Bounce Back Loan
  3. Take a repayment holiday for up to six months. This option is available once during the term of their Bounce Back Loan. 

Borrowers can use these options individually or in combination with each other. Borrowers should be aware that they will pay more interest overall if they use one or more of these options, and that the length of the loan will increase in line with any repayment holidays taken.

If you want Pay as you Grow to start from your next loan payment, you need to apply at least 20 days before that payment is due.


Will using Pay as You Grow affect my ability to obtain finance in the future?

Using Pay as You Grow will not, in principle, affect a business’s ability to obtain finance in the future. Pay As You Grow is designed to alleviate borrowers’ financial difficulty, even before it arises, by giving borrowers flexibility in meeting their repayment obligations. 

Using Pay as You Grow will not affect a borrower’s credit rating, but it may affect lenders’ future creditworthiness assessments. For example, when considering a request for additional funding a lender will take into consideration incomings and outgoings, including existing debt repayments such as the Bounce Back Loan Scheme facility. 

It will also consider a business’s total debt exposure, which will again include the outstanding Bounce Back Loan Scheme facility.


Other business finance support options:

In the first instance, businesses who have concerns regarding repaying debt should contact their lender.

In addition, the British Business Bank has a range of guidance and resources available to all businesses, including content on managing your cashflow and a list of independent advice services:


Guide to business resilience

The British Business Bank’s Guide to Building Business Resilience is packed with impartial, practical, and actionable information to help smaller businesses manage costs, boost profitability, and increase resilience.


The Finance Hub

Designed to simplify the complexities of business finance, the Finance Hub is a comprehensive online resource that empowers businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to established companies, offering a diverse range of information and resources to navigate the world of finance. It serves as a centralised hub where you can find independent and impartial guides, checklists, and articles, carefully curated to provide you with the knowledge needed to make informed financial decisions for your business.


If you have a complaint:

We are committed to maintaining transparent business practices and at all times to act with honesty and integrity. If you feel that we haven't lived up to your expectations in any way, we'd like to know so we can put things right for you. Here you can download our complaints procedure.


Can I refer my complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service?

If you are not happy with our final decision about your complaint, you may be able to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The Financial Ombudsman Service act as an independent and impartial organisation who help settle disputes between consumers and financial services businesses. The FOS are only able to investigate your complaint if Skipton Business Finance have issued a final response or if your complaint has exceeded the 8 week limit from when it was first raised.


How to contact the Financial Ombudsman Service

Phone: 0800 023 4 567 - Calls to this number are normally free for people ringing from a fixed line phone but charges may apply if you call from a mobile phone


0300 123 9 123 - Calls to this number are charged at the same rate as 01 or 02 numbers on mobile phone tariffs.



British Business Bank

As an accredited lender of the British Business Bank, we are offering the Bounce Back Loan in order support businesses affected by Coronavirus.


Find out more about British Business Bank here.