Starting a business can be a big undertaking especially in another country. Thankfully, for those wanting to start a business in the UK there are a number of options. Knowing all your options can help you to plan for the successful start of your business. If you are a foreigner looking to start a business in the UK we will provide you with some of the options for getting a loan as well as the qualifications you will need to be approved.
Qualifications For Startups
There are a number of agencies that offer loans specifically for new businesses or startups. There are very specific conditions to apply for these types of loans, though the benefits are often worth the restrictions. Some of the common restrictions are: A business must be based in and operating out of the UK, a business must have been open and under contract for work for less than 2 years,
the applicant and owner of the business must be a legal UK resident and at least 18 years of age.
There are a number of benefits with startup loans. They generally offer flexible repayment terms and lower interest rates. These loans are typically for smaller amounts and are intended to get a new business going and not for major investments or large businesses.
Non startup business loans come in a variety of amounts and options. Businesses can seek one time loans for projects and equipment or open lines of credit for financing future purchases. There are also options for business that are in debt or have bad credit. Businesses have different stipulations than personal loans.
A business loan can be made for a variety of reasons. Funding purchase orders for delivering on existing contracts, paying for invoices, paying for new equipment, payroll coverage loans, or working capital for business expenses.
Requirements are similar to personal loans. The business must be in good financial standing, including business expenses, outstanding accounts, work force expenses and outstanding contracts. The credit rating of the business or business owner.
Collateral and Interest
Some business loans do stipulate the repayment on the financial transactions of the business meaning the amount of cash flow they have. Businesses that have good financial standing and good cash flow get better interest rates and repayment terms. For businesses with less than stellar financial records, some institutions may offer collateral based loans. These types of loans would require either the owner of the business or the business itself to put up property to secure the loan. The property is then held in lien until the loan is repaid. This is an option for businesses which are not as healthy.
Lending Limits and Business Size
Some businesses with established credit and financial histories with lending institutions can secure loans with little to no interest or collateral. Different institutions have different lending limits based on the size and history of the business. Most agencies classify their business loans in different categories. Small business loans are generally for smaller amounts and have shorter repayment terms. Businesses with higher lending limits or more financial capitol can get repayment terms of up to 25 years. They also have flexible interest options depending on the size of the business and the lending limit.
Knowing all the rules for applying for a business loan and the qualifications you will need will help you when you go to apply for the money you need for your business. There are a number of options in the UK for startups, existing businesses, and businesses that are struggling. Finding the right loan for your business can help make you successful.