Can I Take Money Out of My Bounce Back Loan?

One of the questions that is coming up with increasing regularity from our clients is whether they can use the Bounce Back Loan (BBL) that they have obtained as a way of paying themselves or perhaps taking a loan out of the company.

Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t do this, so in this post we’re looking at the issue to see what these are. We’ll also give you some options to help you navigate what is a somewhat complex area.

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Let’s start right at the beginning with a look at the Bounce Back Loan itself. Originally introduced in 2020 as a rapid response to the worsening COVID crisis, the Bounce Back Loan is one of a number of measures designed to shore up businesses that would otherwise be perfectly healthy.

The loan scheme provided amounts ranging from £2,000 to £50,000 (or 25% of turnover, whichever is lower) and was administered by the British Business Bank

  • Accredited lenders advanced money to customers
  • In return, they received a 100% guarantee from the British Government
  • The Treasury paid the interest costs for the first 12 months

The BBL scheme proved to be a vital lifeline for many businesses as there were no payments due in the first year, and the government covered the interest cost for this period. The loan was also payable over a long 6-year term meaning that after the first 12 months, the repayment per month would be a manageable amount.

In total, in the year to 10th May 2021, 1.56 million companies took out a Bounce Back Loan with a total value of some £47.4 billion, so it proved to be a popular and very much needed initiative.

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