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FUTURE FUND APPROVES 155 COMPANIES FOR CONVERTIBLE LOANS

  • 155 companies approved for Future Fund convertible loans, an increase of over 100 in the last week

Today the British Business Bank publishes new statistics that show 155 companies have received Convertible Loan Agreements for signature out of 577 applications, an increase of over 100 in the last week.

To date, £146m worth of convertible loans have now been approved under the Future Fund. This sum has been matched by at least the same amount from third-party investors. Operating on a commercial basis the Future Fund unlocks additional third-party investment on a match funded basis, creating a bridge to the next equity funding round for innovative companies with good potential. The government has made an initial £250 million available for investment through the scheme and will consider increasing this if needed.

The purpose of the Future Fund is to support innovative UK companies with good potential, that typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19. Until now these companies have been unable to access other government business support programmes because they are either pre-revenue or pre-profit. The Future Fund will help these companies through the current period of economic disruption and the recovery, so they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential.

The Future Fund opened for applications on 20 May 2020. Application processes are expected to take a minimum of 21 days from initial application to funding being awarded, providing applicants provide all the information required.

Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank said: “In the past weekthe British Business Bank run Future Fund has tripled the number of companies approved for convertible loans. The rapid build of our open access online transaction process has enabled businesses to gain access to finance through the scheme quickly and efficiently. The scheme plays an important role in providing funding for innovative businesses that are not able to access other forms of support so I am extremely pleased to see so many companies receive their agreements in such short a time.”

Data up to close of businessTotal number of applicationsNumber of convertible loans approvedValue of convertible loans approved
27 May419n/an/a
31 May464n/an/a
7 June53353£55.9m
14 June577155£146.0m
  • The Future Fund opened for applications on 20 May 2020
  • Provided that applicants provide the information required during the application process in a timely manner, it is expected that the process will take a minimum of 21 days from initial application to funding being made available
  • Convertible loans are reported as approved at the point the Convertible Loan Agreement document is issued by Future Fund for signature
  • The time to which applicants subsequently receive funds will depend on the speed with which they complete the documentation
  • Figures shown were shared directly with HMT on 15 June 2020

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Further information

British Business Bank James Burnham

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Notes to Editors

Covid-19 Loan Schemes

Future Fund

The Future Fund will support the UK’s innovative businesses currently affected by Covid-19. These businesses have been unable to access other government business support programmes, such as CBILS, because they are either pre-revenue or pre-profit and typically rely on equity investment. The scheme will deliver an initial commitment of £250m of new government funding through convertible loan notes which will be unlocked by private investment on a match funded basis. Developed by government and delivered by the British Business Bank, the Future Fund launched for applications in May and will initially be open until the end of September.

Bounce Back Loans Scheme (BBLS)

BBLS is a demand-led scheme offering lending that targets small and micro businesses, providing loans from £2k up to 25% of the business’ turnover with a maximum loan of £50k. Providing lenders with a 100% government-backed guarantee and standardising the application form is expected to lead to a faster process with many loans becoming available within days. The Bounce Back Loans Scheme enables businesses to obtain a six-year term loan at a government set interest rate of 2.5% a year. The government will cover interest payable in the first year.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CBILS)

CBILS is a demand-led scheme offering lending to smaller businesses with turnover of up to £45m. Invoice finance and asset finance facilities are available from £1k to £5m, while term loans and revolving credit facilities are available from £50k to £5m (the lower limit for these has increased from £1k following the introduction of BBLS). The government makes a payment to cover interest and lender-levied fees under CBILS for the first 12 months. Following the launch of the Bounce Back Loans Scheme, CBILS will no longer be available for new loans and revolving credit facilities (overdrafts) of £50,001 or less, but remains available for Asset and Invoice Finance facilities below £50,001.

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loans Scheme (CLBILS)

CLBILS is a demand led scheme targeted at larger businesses with a turnover of more than £45m. It offers term loans, revolving credit facilities, invoice finance and asset finance. The maximum amount available through CLBILS to a borrower and its group has been increased from £50m to £200m. Term loans and revolving credit facilities over £50m will be offered by CLBILS lenders which have secured additional accreditation. The maximum size for invoice finance and asset finance facilities remains at £50m.

Companies borrowing more than £50m through CLBILS will be subject to further restrictions on dividend payments, senior pay and share buy-backs during the period of the loan.

About the British Business Bank

The British Business Bank is the UK government’s economic development bank. Established in November 2014, its mission is to make finance markets for smaller businesses work more effectively, enabling those businesses to prosper, grow and build UK economic activity. Its remit is to design, deliver and efficiently manage UK-wide smaller business access to finance programmes for the UK government.

The British Business Bank programmes are supporting more than £7.2bn of finance to over 93,000 smaller businesses (as at end of September 2019).

As well as increasing both supply and diversity of finance for UK smaller businesses through its programmes, the Bank works to raise awareness of the finance options available to smaller businesses:

  • The Business Finance Guide (published in partnership with the ICAEW and a further 21 business and finance organisations) impartially sets out the range of finance options available to businesses at all stages – from start-ups to SMEs and growing mid-sized companies. Businesses can take the interactive journey at thebusinessfinanceguide.co.uk.
  • The new British Business Bank Finance Hub provides independent and impartial information to high-growth businesses about their finance options, featuring short films, expert guides, checklists and articles from finance providers to help make their application a success. The new site also features case studies and lessons from real businesses to guide businesses through the process of applying for growth finance.

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