Loans for established businesses

Newport City Council - loans for established businesses

Loans of up to £10,000 are available from Newport City Council to businesses that have been established in the city for more than 12 months. 

The award of a loan is entirely discretionary.

To discuss or request an application form please email business.services@newport.gov.uk or telephone (01633) 656656. 

Eligibility 

The loan is available to existing SMEs (under 250 employees) that are more than 12 months old.

Companies, partnerships, sole traders and socialenterprises are all eligible. 

Purpose

The loan can be used towards:  

  • Plant and equipment (second hand is eligible subject to conditions)
  • ICT equipment
  • Software, websites and related training
  • New marketing projects (e.g. new branding or new activity to reach new markets) identified in a marketing plan
  • External and internal building works and alterations
  • Capital expenditure related to obtaining ISO accreditations 

Amount  

Loans can be up to 40% of eligible and reasonable costs. 

The minimum loan is £1,000 for a minimum total spend of £2,500 net of VAT and the maximum loan is £10,000 for a minimum total spend of £25,000 net of VAT. 

Repayments are between 12 months and 36 months (dependant on the size of the loan) from the start of the loan by standing order. 

The interest rate charged is 1% above Bank of England base rate at the time of the loan offer and is fixed for the duration of the loan. 

Criteria 

The proposed project must be located in the Newport City Council area and must safeguard or create jobs paid at or above the minimum wage. 

Businesses in any sector can be considered if the project has the capacity to offer a net benefit to the local economy while not adverselyaffecting other local businesses. 

Applicants should not commit to expenditure before receiving written notification of the loan approval.