UK Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

CBILS provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue and seeing their cashflow disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UK – Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is accredited to lend under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

We continue to support our clients through a number of our own initiatives, as well as our involvement in government backed programmes like CBILS and CLBILS.

We understand how critical it is for many innovation businesses to get access to working capital during these challenging times and we’re committed to supporting as many of our clients as possible. 

We continue to accept applications for lending under the CBILS programme until 11:59pm on 31 March 2021. 

About CBILS?

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. 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. Full details on CBILS and the list of participating CBILS lenders can be found on the British Business Bank website at:

The scheme is part of a wider package of government support for UK businesses and employees. It provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue and seeing their cashflow disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eligible businesses can borrow from SVB between £500,000 and £5 million in term loans over a maximum of five years.




To receive a loan from SVB under the CBILS programme, you will first need to meet certain eligibility criteria set out by the British Business Bank. If you meet this, we’ll then assess your application in accordance with SVB’s lending criteria.

It’s important to note that loan approval is not guaranteed or automatic and you’ll need to provide detailed information to determine your eligibility. We’ll then carry out a full review and credit checks.

If you’re interested in checking your eligibility, please contact your Relationship Manager or call our UK Client Services team on 0800 023 1441 or +44 207 367 7881 from outside the UK.

The government will guarantee loans under the CBILS programme but the guarantee applies to the lender and not to borrowers, so you’ll be responsible for repaying 100% of the loan.


UK Based

Your business has to be based in the UK. If you also operate in other countries the British Business Bank requires your business to be generating more than 50% of its group turnover from trading activity in the UK at the time you apply. 

Business Size

Your annual group turnover must be no more than £45 million at the time you apply.

Click here if your annual group turnover is more than £45 million as you may be eligible for CLBILS.

Borrowing Proposal

You need to have a borrowing proposal that, if it weren’t for the COVID-19 outbreak, would be considered viable.

Adversely Impacted

Your business must be adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak – you’ll be asked to certify this.

Financial Difficulty

Unless you fall under an exception, your business must not have been considered to be in financial difficulty at the time you apply, or on 31 December 2019 if you don't meet the assessment based on the date you apply. You'll find more information about this on the British Business Bank's website, using the link above.

Additional Resources

Further information can be found on the following websites:

British Business Bank

Visit the British Business Bank's CBILS page. Learn more

Bank of England

Visit the Bank of England's website. Learn more

Industries we Serve

Learn more about the types of businesses SVB supports. Learn more

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