How to get a £100k business loan

An online business loan can provide SMEs with the finance they need for any present or future business ventures – from expanding stock at critical times of the year, to developing infrastructure, or hiring additional employees for long-term growth. Join the Esme team as we explain the eligibility requirements that need to be met in order to apply for loans of up to £100,000.

With many lenders, the more you’re looking to borrow, the more hoops you have to jump through. When such vast sums of money are being transferred, it’s crucial for all parties to ensure that loans are being borrowed responsibly, without jeopardising the financial security of the borrower or the loan provider in the future.


What are eligibility requirements?

Loan eligibility requirements are conditions that a prospective borrower is required to meet (by the lender) in order for their loan application to be considered for approval. A common example of this is for borrowers to provide bank statements and information on the business’ turnaround and profit.

Should a borrower seek to apply for a larger loan amount, then lenders may set additional eligibility requirements. For instance, the lender may ask for an asset to be provided as a form of security. This can range from a vehicle or a piece of equipment to commercial or personal property. This is in case the borrower is unable to repay their business loan, therefore the lender is able to sell the assets in order to cover the loss of their funds.


How to improve likelihood of your business loan application being considered

There are a number of ways you can improve your business’ desirability to lenders.

To begin with, be realistic about the loan you’re applying for. For help with this you should use the lender’s business loan calculator (or equivalent) to gain an approximate idea into how much you’ll be paying back each month. This is a crucial opportunity to evaluate your cash flow and whether making the monthly repayments will be practical for your business. The more realistic they are, the greater the likelihood you have of approval

Additionally, be sure to check your credit score – and your business’. Not only does this give you an insight into what the lender can see, and whether your score could positively or negatively influence their decision, but also the chance to take steps to improve your credit score before applying. You can check your credit score for free here.


What are Esme’s eligibility requirements?

Whether you’re applying for £10,000 or £150,000, at Esme Loans we have the same eligibility requirements regardless of the size of the loan you’re applying for – meaning that there’s no additional red tape for you to overcome when thinking big.


In order to be eligible for an Esme business loan, we require the following:

  • Proof that you’re over eighteen years old
  • Proof that you’re a director of a UK Limited Company
  • Proof that you’ve actively trading for at least 18 months
  • Proof of turning over more that £15k per annum
  • A personal guarantee


Final thoughts

As mentioned, eligibility requirements can vary between lenders and loan amounts therefore it’s best to check that you meet them before applying. However, if you are wanting to increase your likelihood of an approved loan application, take active steps to improve your business’ desirability with lenders and make your application stand out, for the all the right reasons.

To give you an idea of how much your monthly repayments could be, try our business loan calculator. You can also apply for a business loan with Esme using our easy ten minute application form.

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David borrowed over £37,500 to keep his online marketing going during cash flow squeezes.

“I remember it being unbelievably simple and once I’d accepted the offer the funds were in the account within a couple of hours. The reason I went with Esme was the simplicity of arranging the loan.”

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Joanna borrowed £25,000 to buy more equipment and grow her business.

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