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Fiduciam accredited for RLS by British Business Bank

Short-term lender Fiduciam has been accredited by the British Business Bank as a lender under the government’s Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS).


The RLS enables accredited lenders to provide facilities of up to £10m with a government-backed guarantee to the lender in order to help businesses grow and recover.

Fiduciam will offer business bridge loans, refurbishment loans, permitted development loans and development loans under RLS.

Loans will range from £250,000 up to £10m under the scheme, available in a single drawdown or multiple drawdowns.

All RLS loans granted by Fiduciam will need to be secured against property owned by the borrower, in line with Fiduciam’s standard lending policy and criteria.

Maximum loan-to-value (LTV) for properties from which a business is not being traded, is 70% for residential and semi-commercial property, and 65% for commercial property.

The maximum LTV for trading properties is 70% of the vacant possession value and 60% of operating value.

Fiduciam’s RLS offering has a borrowing term of up to three years.

Subject to certain conditions, existing debt can also be refinanced with a RLS facility. The same terms will apply to both new and existing customers.

To be eligible for a facility under RLS, the borrower must have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the business needs to be viable, were it not for the COVID-19 crisis.

The RLS scheme will run until 30 June 2022, although terms will change as per 1 January 2022.

Johan Groothaert, chief executive of Fiduciam, said: “As always, where the banks do not lend, Fiduciam is here to help.

“We fill a gap left by the high street banks by providing short-term credit to allow businesses across the UK to progress their projects to a stage where high street bank financing becomes available or business’ revenues can pay off our loan.

“During the COVID-19 crisis we continued to stand by our borrowers by advancing new loans. We now want to give them an additional boost out of this crisis with the Recovery Loan Scheme, as we did with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

“We are very proud to have been accredited by the British Business Bank for both these schemes.”

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