Today marks the halfway point of the Bounce Back Loan scheme, it is due to run for six months and therefore will end on November the 4th. There is always the chance that the scheme will be extended if demand is there, and from what I have seen demand is just as high as it has always been.
Sadly though the number of approved BBL’s appears to be dropping each week, which isn’t surprising due to most accredited banks/lenders not accepting new customers, each bank will be working through their backlog and will soon, at least, have all of their current customers who want a BBL sorted out.
There are exceptions, HSBC with their feeder accounts are helping non-customers get a Bounce Back Loan, if you pass all of their checks and they don’t make any errors when processing your BBL application, which they are getting infamous for by the way, but that is a very, very slow process and you could end up waiting weeks or months to get a feeder account set up and opened.
Metro Bank, Barclays and Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank are also accepting new customers, so they are worth a try if you have not seen me mention that fact before.
The waiting list for a Starling Bank BBL is being worked through each week, the proof of that can be seen on my Twitter timeline with more and more people invited to apply each week. However, I am not convinced everyone on that waiting list will be invited to apply before the scheme ends.
Some pressure does need putting on the other twenty or so banks that have slammed the door shut on new account applications or have told those who have opened an account recently they cannot have a BBL due to the accounts not being opened before a certain date, (many backs decided to add that new BBL term and state accounts opened after a date in March this year cannot apply for a BBL with them).
I try and avoid politics (apart from advising anyone with a problem getting a BBL to ask your MP to assist in your quest), but with the Government seemingly panicking and constantly changing their advice on the pandemic, lockdown rules and additional business trading rules whilst in the same breath telling everyone to get back to work, they need to look at extending the Bounce Back Loan scheme.
If the banks do not reopen their new account openings and/or the BBL scheme is not extended there is a chance some people are going to miss out on getting one. That should not be allowed to happen.
I have heard plenty of adverts for the British Business Bank on the radio, telling anyone in business looking for help and support to check their website out, they are the rule maker of the scheme and as such if you are worried about missing out on a BBL or are having problems getting a bank account from one of their lenders then fire off a tweet or email to them and let them know your worries and concerns.
They tend to reply to emails, and whilst they have proven useless at replying on Twitter (see below), at least by letting them know of any problems they cannot say they are unaware of them.
I keep retweeting them the above tweet but alas my attempt at getting that question answered is falling on deaf ears. But then again, they do appear to have their heads in the sand, for they do have Tide listed as an accredited lender, even though Tide have no money to lend out and that lender has failed a lot of businesses in respect of giving them a BBL.
Been Declined a Bank Account or BBL?
Please read below for some reasons as to why you may be declined a bank account and/or a Bounce Back Loan with some lenders.
Many people who are declined tend to fear it is their credit rating/score that is the cause of a decline, and whilst that can and may play a part obviously, there can be a whole host of other reasons, some of which can be sorted out, and when the latter is the case you may find it much easier to open a bank account and/or obtain a Bounce Back Loan.
Some Lenders can and will and are in within their rights to decline anyone for an account and/or BBL based on their own criteria in additional to that laid down by the British Business Bank.
With that in mind, if you have checked all of the following and/or have been declined by one lender then you are also within your rights, and encouraged to apply to any other lender that is part of the Bounce Back Loan scheme.
Potential reasons not relating to credit score/rating
SIC Code – Not matching on companies house vs what you put in your application.
SIC Code – considered a reputational risk – you would be surprised how many business types fall into this category.
Directors/owners name(s) not matching companies house and/or
Voters roll e.g. Chris vs Christopher, as your middle name.
Business address not matching, has your accountant used their address to register? What is your correspondence address at companies house?
Business name not matching e.g. Ltd v limited
Recent changes of directorship and/or ownership – red flag at the moment due to BBL fraud
Markers registered against the company or director
Previous financial relationship with the bank or one its subsidiaries that did not end well
Many Bounce Back Loan applicants that have been through hell and still are experiencing problems have been offered compensation from a bank ranging from £50 up to £2500 for the more complicated problems.
It is your choice as to whether you accept any offer of compensation and the amount you accept too.
Bank and Lender Updates
Be aware things can change in an instant at any bank and as such I will now give you an overview of how things are going with each bank, and let you know how and where to contact if you want to try and chase up your Bounce Back Loan application and find out where things stand with each bank.
Each bank will have their own criteria for opening accounts, and some lenders also have their own set of rules regarding who they will allow to open an account and/or apply for a Bounce Back Loan.
They appear to have now launched their online Feeder Account Portal, which hopefully does away with the exceptionally long and drawn out process for applying for such an account.
Many people who had previously applied for a Feeder Account are still waiting for their call backs to set up the account, and/or to receive all related documents and many people are still waiting for payment.
Be aware many people have been declined for such an account when using that portal, and also when they have applied for a feeder account during the telephone interview for such an account.
Useful Email Addresses for Contacting HSBC:
Lloyds continue to do what they do best, process, and pay out BBL applicants quickly and with no fuss or hassle.
Be aware that if you hold a Bank of Scotland or a Halifax or Lloyds personal bank account you can use the Onboarding Portal to get a Lloyds Business Account and then can apply for a Bounce Back Loan.
Be aware though the dates listed on the website, as you will have had to have a personal bank account in operation before those dates to be able to onboard with Lloyds, if you have opened an account after the dates you will not be able to use that onboarding system.
Lloyds CEO Email Address
Metro Bank have now launched their Bounce Back Loan scheme, which is a sight to behold.
Due to the speed at which applicants are processed, and the rapid pay-outs too, many people wish they had an account with them, as their Bounce Back Loan journey would be an easy one for sure.
Metro Bank will let you register an interest in opening an account with them online and they will then make contact with you to arrange an appointment in one of their banks or ”stores” as they like to call them.
Applicants simply join an online queue and when it is their turn to apply for a Bounce Back Loan (which can be after a few hours), they then fill in the application form and once done they are then either approved on the spot, declined or told whether any additional information is required.
The feedback from many people is that Metro Bank are the game changer, as unlike most other banks people get to know at the end of their application their fate, without having to wait for days or weeks to discover what is going on with their application, as has been the case with other banks.
Email the CEO of Metro Bank Dan.email@example.com
Tide have run out of money to lend and are desperately scrambling around trying to raise more to increase the number of applications they can process, as such you can expect a huge delays before any application you have put in will be processed.
To be fair to the Co-Op not many people have been complaining about them, I have had a few here and there and some have been sorted out but every now and then I get someone appearing and asking for help.
Co-Op Bank CEO Email Address
Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank
I get the odd complaint about both Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale and it is always worth checking out their respective BBL sections of their websites for updates, seen reports of those banks taking applications for new bank accounts by the way, but check that out as it can change at any time.
Yorkshire Bank CEO Email Address
Clydesdale Bank CEO Email Address
I am still getting all manner of weird and wonderful complaints about Barclays, it does appear though that many applicants now fly through their Bounce Back Loan system, but many are still experiencing problems with applying, getting paid and contacting the bank.
Barclays CEO Email Address
NatWest and RBS
The usual complaints about NatWest and RBS, including poor communication, problems applying for a BBL and even people being declined. Once again you need to start haranguing the right people to have any chance of your problems being resolved.
They have been paying many applicants out obviously, so if you do manage to have a hassle free experience then you should get paid out fairly quickly, even if it is not in the time scale you had hoped for.
Be aware that you may apply, not hear anything and then out of the blue get an email saying they are so busy your application is being dumped and not looked at.
NatWest / RBS CEO Email Address
Much like some of the above banks Santander have attracted plenty of complaints, but in all fairness many followers, and many long-time ones too have found emailing their CEO does get a response and their claims processed quickly. They too have also been dumping applicants via a mass cull type of email so be warned.
Santander CEO Email Address
Starling Bank operate a waiting list type of system, however, be aware they have additional criteria of their own as to whom they will supply a Bounce Back Loan to. Therefore, there are no guarantees you will get a loan from them. They have declined many thousands of applicants.
Skipton Building Society
Skipton Building operate a different business model than most mainstream lenders so you will need to check their website to find out more about what they have on offer to applicants.
You will be asked to sign away your rights to be able to apply for a Bounce Back Loan if you try to open a new account with TSB. As such do not waste your time trying to get such an account with them if your intention is to apply for a TSB Bounce Back Loan.
TSB CEO Email Address
Other Bounce Back Loan Lenders
The following are other Bounce Back Loan Lenders, be aware I receive very few if any complaints about any of the following.