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Step 1: Deciding on business finance

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When looking into financing your business, there are a number of factors to take into account. These include what you need it for, as well as the size and type of your company.

We've created this 6-step lending guide to help you build a strong application and understand our assessment process.


Which form of finance is best for you?

Consider the various options below to see which best fits your business's needs.

Business loan

We offer flexible business 3 4 loans ranging from £1,000 to £25,000 , as well as more significant investments over £25,000 . A Barclays Business Manager can help you decide on the amount and repayment terms if you're unsure of how much you need, or can afford to borrow.

A business loan could suit you if:

  • You need a cash injection to buy new equipment or a company vehicle
  • You're looking for a flexible solution that can be repaid in convenient, fixed instalments



A business overdraft 3 4 can provide financial breathing space, by helping you pay for stock and other costs without waiting for sales and income. Your Barclays Business Manager can help match your overdraft to your borrowing requirements. You’ll only pay interest when you start using your overdraft and only on the amount you use.

An overdraft could help your business if:

  • You need flexible or short term borrowing
  • You want to manage unexpected changes in cashflow


Commercial mortgage

If you want to buy a new property for your business or release equity from an existing one, a commercial mortgage 3 4 could be an appropriate financing solution. We can agree a repayment period of anything from 1 to 25 years.

Consider a commercial mortgage if:

  • You want to buy new business premises or release some equity from an existing one
  • You have another property that you'd like to use to secure business finance
  • You want to borrow amounts over £25,000. However, there are limitations attached to certain industries and the loan is subject to lending on certain maximum and minimum amounts. Talk to your Barclays Business Manager for further information

Any property used as security, which may include your home, may be repossessed if you don't keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Credit cards

Business credit cards are ideal to help support a business's cashflow needs, whether you're starting up, growing or already established. Our business credit card lets you separate your personal and business expenditure and includes an interest-free period of up to 56 days.

You can apply for a credit card online . It only takes a few minutes and you'll hear from us with a decision within 14 days.


Cashflow finance

Cashflow finance is suitable for businesses looking to release cash tied up in their invoices. It offers the following benefits:

  • Get up to 85% of your approved invoices advanced within 24 hours. This is usually more than offered with traditional overdrafts
  • Online access to your sales ledger status and electronic payment requests
  • We can take on the risk of non-payment by your debtors


Existing Barclays customer?

View our range of loans online

New to Barclays?

See our Business current accounts

Apply online for a Business current account

Important Information

1. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am–7pm. To maintain a quality service, we may monitor and record phone calls. Call charges

2. Lines open Monday to Friday, 8am–8pm. To maintain a quality service, we may monitor and record phone calls. Call charges

3. Subject to application and status

4. The Lending Code. Barclays Bank PLC subscribes to the Lending Code which is monitored and enforced by the Lending Standards Board. The Lending Code sets minimum standards of good practice when dealing with certain customers in the UK in relation to loans, current account overdrafts, charge cards and credit cards. Further details can be found at Lending Standards Board