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You can also download a free cash flow forecast template or a business plan template on the Start Up Loans website to help you manage your finances.
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Why you need a business plan
A business plan is a written document that describes your business. It covers objectives, strategies, sales, marketing and financial forecasts.
A business plan helps you to:
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- set out your goals
- measure your progress
You’ll need a business plan if you want to secure investment or a loan from a bank. Read about the finance options available for businesses on the Business Finance Guide website.
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Find out how to apply for a business loan and what you’ll need for your application.
What you’ll need
If you want a business loan from Lloyds Bank, we’ll need some information first. By understanding more about your application, we can support you to choose an option that’s right for your needs.
Below is a checklist of the sorts of things we’ll need from you. This might vary depending on your circumstances. And sometimes we might ask for more than what’s listed.
1. Your borrowing need
How much you’d like to borrow, how long you’d like to borrow it for, why you’d like to borrow it, how you plan to repay it, 2. your business.
We may also ask you for:
- Details of any other existing finance.
- Evidence of assets you could use as security, including the estimated value of your business.
- A profile of your business including the experience and track record of its owners and management team.
- Permission to carry out a credit check.
3. Other information
Depending on what type of loan you're applying for, we may also ask for:
- Details of business assets and liabilities
- Management accounts
- Historic financial accounts
- A business plan covering the borrowing term with a cashflow forecast.
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1. application review.
First, we’ll review everything and let you know if there’s something missing.
2. Credit assessment
We carry out our credit assessment on your application without impacting your credit rating.
We'll let you know if your application has been successful and you could have the funds in your account within 48 hours.
What if my enquiry is not successful?
If we can’t go ahead with your enquiry for a business loan, we’ll explain the possible reasons why and where you can find other options that may be available to you. We'll be happy to work together to help you present a stronger lending request in the future.
We put a number of checks in place to make sure we get our lending decisions right. If you think we based our decision on incorrect information and you’d like someone to review it, we’ll give you the relevant contact details..
We also have an appeals process which provides details of how and when you can take the matter further.
You can visit Better Business Finance for general help on finance, or for more information about grants or equity and supplier finance.
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There are alternative options to borrowing from a bank. Under the Government's Declined Lending Referral Scheme , you can be referred to three designated online finance platforms that may be able to help you find the finance you're looking for.
If you agree to a referral, we'll provide information to the scheme about your business and enquiry. Each of the designated platforms will then contact you to start the process of matching your requirements to lenders who may be able to offer suitable finance.
You can also contact them directly:
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We want you to find a product that's right for your circumstances, which is why we adhere to the Standards of Lending Practice, which are monitored and enforced by the Lending Standards Board .
To find out more you can read the statement of responsibilities, which details what's expected of us, the lender and you the borrower.
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The products and services outlined on this site may be offered by legal entities from across Lloyds Banking Group, including Lloyds Bank plc and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc. Lloyds Bank plc and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc are separate legal entities within the Lloyds Banking Group.
Lloyds Bank is a trading name of Lloyds Bank plc, Bank of Scotland plc and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc. Lloyds Bank plc. Registered Office: 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN. Registered in England and Wales no.2065. Bank of Scotland plc. Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Registered in Scotland no. SC327000. Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc. Registered office 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN. Registered in England and Wales no. 10399850. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under registration number 119278, 169628 and 763256 respectively.
We adhere to The Standards of Lending Practice which are monitored and enforced by the LSB: www.lendingstandardsboard.org.uk .
Eligible deposits with us are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). We are covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). Please note that due to FSCS and FOS eligibility criteria not all business customers will be covered.
Authorisation can be checked on the Financial Services Register at www.fca.org.uk under the Firm Registration Number 119278.
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