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Close Brothers and the Growth Guarantee Scheme

See how we can help your business access the Growth Guarantee Scheme.

About the Growth Guarantee Scheme

The successor scheme to the Recovery Loan Scheme, the Growth Guarantee Scheme launched in July 2024 and is designed to support access to finance for UK small businesses as they look to invest and grow.

The Growth Guarantee Scheme aims to improve the terms on offer to borrowers. 

Growth Guarantee Scheme-backed facilities are provided at the discretion of the lender who is required to undertake their standard credit and fraud checks for all applicants.

Growth Guarantee Scheme features

  • Up to £2 million facility per businessThe maximum amount of a facility provided under the scheme is generally £2 million per business group for borrowers outside the scope of the Northern Ireland Protocol, and up to £1 million (or such other sum as notified from time to time by us to the lender in accordance with the relevant legal agreement(s)) per business group for Northern Ireland Protocol borrowers. Minimum facility sizes vary, starting at £1,000 for asset finance, invoice finance and asset-based lending, and £25,001 for term loans and overdrafts.
  • Wide range of products: The Growth Guarantee Scheme supports term loans, overdrafts, asset finance, invoice finance and asset-based lending facilities. Not all lenders will be able to offer all products.
  • Term length: Term loans and asset finance facilities are available from three months up to six years, with overdrafts, invoice finance and asset-based lending available from three months up to three years.
  • Access to multiple schemes: Businesses that took out a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) or a Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) facility before 30 June 2024 are not prevented from accessing Growth Guarantee Scheme, but borrowing under these schemes may reduce the maximum amount the borrower is eligible for.
  • Pricing: Interest rates and fees charged by the lender will vary and will depend on the specific lending proposal. Pricing will take into account the benefit of the Government guarantee.
  • Personal Guarantees: Personal guarantees can be taken at the lender's discretion, in line with their normal commercial lending practices. Principal Private Residences cannot be taken as security within the Scheme.
  • Guarantee is to the lender: The scheme provides the lender with a 70% government-backed guarantee against the outstanding balance of the facility after it has completed its normal recovery process. The borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt.
  • Decision-making delegated to the lender: Growth Guarantee Scheme-backed facilities are provided at the discretion of the lender who is required to undertake their standard credit and fraud checks for all applicants.

The assistance provided through the Growth Guarantee Scheme, like many Government-backed business support activities, is regarded as a subsidy and is deemed to benefit the borrower. There is a limit to the amount of subsidy that may be received by a borrower, and its wider group, over any rolling three-year period. Any previous subsidy may reduce the amount a business can borrow.

More information on subsidies is available here.

Eligibility restrictions

  • Turnover limit: The scheme is open to smaller businesses with a turnover of up to £45 million (on a group basis, where part of a group).
  • UK-based: The borrower must be carrying out trading activity in the UK and, for most businesses, generating more than 50% of its income from trading activity.
  • Viability test: The lender must consider that the borrower has a viable business proposition.
  • Business in difficulty: The borrower must not be a business in difficulty, including not being in relevant insolvency proceedings.
  • Subsidy limits: Borrowers will need to provide written confirmation that receipt of the Growth Guarantee Scheme facility will not mean that the business exceeds the maximum amount of subsidy they are allowed to receive. All borrowers in receipt of a subsidy from a publicly funded programme should be provided with a written statement, confirming the level and type of aid received.

Get in touch

To enquire about the Growth Guarante Scheme via Close Brothers please visit one of the following:


Braemar Finance

Braemar Finance offer tailor-made finance solutions that are designed to help with the growth and development of Professions in the UK.

Close Brothers Asset Finance

Close Brothers Asset Finance offers a range of flexible funding solutions to UK SMEs, including Hire Purchase, Refinance and Leasing.

The following are not eligible under the Guarantee Growth Scheme:

  • Banks, Building Societies, Insurers and Reinsurers (excluding Insurance Brokers), public sector bodies, state funded primary and secondary schools

Business guidance

The British Business Bank’s Business Guidance pages have a range of guidance and resources for businesses, including information on how to manage your cashflow and where to find independent advice.

Legal notice

The Growth Guarantee Scheme is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business & Trade.

British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA.

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