Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme | Ulster Bank


Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

What is CLBILS?

The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) will support medium sized to large businesses with Group annual turnover of more than £45 million to access loans up to £200m.

We are participating in CLBILS and using the scheme to support our customers with Term Loans, where it is relevant to do so.

A summary of CLBILS and how it works

Icon expand What is CLBILS?

The Scheme is designed to support mid-sized and larger UK businesses who are suffering disruption to their cashflow due to lost or deferred revenues during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Scheme provides the lender with a Government-backed partial guarantee (80%) against the outstanding facility balance but the borrower remains liable for 100% of the outstanding debt.

The Scheme is open to businesses providing they, or other members of their Group, have not received a facility under the Bank of England's Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF), the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), or the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and will not seek to apply whilst the Scheme Facility is outstanding.


Icon expand Which businesses are in scope?

UK-based businesses with turnover of more than £45 million per annum. The business must have been confirmed they have been impacted by coronavirus and be considered a viable business. 

Businesses with private equity investors are eligible for support.


Icon expand Are all industrial sectors in scope?

Almost all business sectors can access CLBILS but the relevant borrower must not be:

  • A credit institution or insurance company;
  • An individual other than a sole trader or a partner acting on behalf of a partnership;
  • Classified as public sector by the Office of National Statistics; or
  • A state funded primary or secondary school

Icon expand What products does the bank provide CLBILS in support of?

Initially we are using CLBILS to support our customers with new Term Loans. 

Customers with existing Club or Syndicated loans should discuss additional borrowing requirements with their relationship director who will have access to specialist support.


Icon expand What sizes of loans are available?

We can provide CLBILS supported loans for amounts up to £200 million for businesses with more than £45 million Group annual turnover.

The amount of the loan should be based upon the Borrower’s liquidity needs for the next 12 months.


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Term Loans provided under this Scheme are available for a period of between 3 months and up to 3 years. The repayment schedule will be agreed dependent upon individual circumstances. Any outstanding loan balance will be repaid in full upon expiry of the facility. Interest will remain payable as it falls due throughout the life of the facility.

The loan will be documented via market standard documentation which may incorporate financial covenants and information undertakings. Certain restrictions will apply on dividend payments / distributions for loans of up to £50 million during the term of the facility. Additional restrictions will apply for loans over £50 million.   

Term Loans provided under CLBILS must not be subordinated to any other senior obligations of the Borrower. If security is provided to support existing senior lending facilities, the CLBILS loan will also benefit from this security on a pari passu basis (specific carve-outs for certain security in relation to residential development financing, asset finance and invoice finance will however apply).

Additional security may be required in support of the CLBILS loan.


Icon expand How long will CLBILS remain available?

CLBILS will remain available until 20th October 2020. This period may be extended by the Government at their discretion.

The Government has indicated that there is no maximum cap set for total lending to be supported through the new Scheme. Therefore, there is no immediate need to approach lenders if finance is not needed in the short-term.

*Security may be required. Over 18s only. Business use only.

Any property or asset used as security may be repossessed or forfeited if you do not keep up repayments on any debt secured on it.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible for support via CLBILS, your business must:

  • Be UK-based, with Group turnover of more than £45 million
  • Have been directly impacted by coronavirus
  • Have not received, either directly or within your Group, a facility under the Bank of England's Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF), the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), or the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and will not seek to apply whilst the Scheme Facility is outstanding
  • Have been trading successfully before the coronavirus outbreak and be considered viable over the longer-term, notwithstanding any coronavirus impacts over the short-to-medium term

Businesses with a turnover of less than £45 million may be entitled to other government support.

For more information please visit the British Business Bank website.

Add your signposting title here… How to apply for CLBILS

Speak to your Relationship Director.

If your business turnover is less than £45 million


Businesses with a turnover of less than £45 million, although not eligible for CLBILS, may be eligible for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) support.

Coronavirus guidance and support

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Coronavirus support

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The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Full details on CLBILS and the list of participating CLBILS lenders can be found on the British Business Bank website:

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