The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) launched on 6 April 2021 and supports access to finance for UK businesses as they recover and grow following the Covid-19 pandemic. RLS aims to help businesses affected by Covid-19 and can be used for business purposes, including, managing cashflow, investment and growth.

A key aim of the Recovery Loan Scheme is to improve the terms on offer to businesses, but if we can offer a business the choice of a commercial loan on better terms, without requiring the guarantee provided by the RLS, we will do so.

It is designed to support businesses that can afford to take out additional finance for these purposes. Businesses who have taken out a CBILS, CLBILS or BBLS facility are able to access the new scheme. The Scheme will run until 31 December 2021, subject to review.

ThinCats has been accredited by the British Business Bank to provide RLS loans, having previously been an accredited lender for CBILS and CLBILS. ThinCats offers RLS term loans to existing and new borrowers from £1 million up to £10 million.

Learn more about the special terms we offer for the RLS loan by reading our blog.

Find out more about RLS funding in your region

Core Features

Loan size (term loans)

£25,001 up to £10 million maximum per business (£30m per group)

ThinCats’ minimum loan size is £1 million

Facility tenor

3 months – 6 years

Personal Guarantees

Personal guarantees are not permitted for facilities of £250,000 or less. Above £250,000 the maximum amount that can be covered under RLS is capped at a maximum of 20% of the outstanding balance of the RLS facility after the proceeds of business assets have been applied. No personal guarantees can be held over Principal Private Residences

Use of multiple schemes

Businesses that have taken out a CBILS, CLBILS or BBLS facility are able to access the new scheme although the amount they have borrowed under a previous scheme may in certain circumstances limit the amount they may borrow under RLS.

Scheme duration

Initially 6 April – 31 December 2021. To be reviewed in Autumn 2021


The scheme provides the lender with an 80% government-backed guarantee against the outstanding balance of the facility. The borrower always remains 100% liable for the debt

Interest payments & fees

Businesses are required to meet the costs of interest payments and any fees associated with the RLS facility


Covid-19 impact: The borrower must confirm to the lender that it has been impacted by Covid-19.

UK-based: The borrower must be carrying out trading activity in the UK.

Viability test: The lender will consider that the borrower has a viable business proposition but may disregard any concerns over its short-to-medium term business performance due to the uncertainty and impact of Covid-19.

Credit and fraud checks for all applicants: Lenders are required to undertake credit and fraud checks for all applicants. The checks and approach may vary between lenders.

Turnover limit: There is no turnover restriction for businesses accessing the scheme

The following are not eligible under RLS

 - Banks, Building Societies, Insurers and Reinsurers (excluding Insurance Brokers)

- Public sector bodies.

- State funded primary and secondary schools.

British Business Bank

The Recovery Loan Scheme 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. Visit

Business Finance Support

 The British Business Bank has a range of guidance and resources available to all businesses, including content on managing your cashflow and a list of independent advice services.

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