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Secured Loans Interest Rate – 6% 
Unsecured Loans Interest Rate – 7%

A business Loan can be used for many purposes, including start-up cost, expansion of existing business and venture capital.

An unsecured business loan is available up to £5,000 and is generally used for small asset purchase, e.g. tools. The business must demonstrate they have no suitable assets which might be used as security for the loan.

A secured business loan can be used to purchase assets of a larger value, e.g. car, plant and machinery, equipment and property, or for the construction of new buildings.

Agriculture Lending

Customers applying for a personal or commercial loan for the purpose of agricultural activities will receive a lower interest rate:

  • Secured Loan: 4.5%
  • Unsecured Loan: 5%

Bank of St Helena defines agriculture activity as the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.

Application Criteria
  • A fully completed business loan application form and a signed account transfer form to cover the application fee.
  • A Business Plan, covering a minimum period of three years.
  • A Cash Flow forecast, projected for a minimum of three years.
  • Balance Sheet projected for three year period.
  • Tax Certificate and Company documents (where applicable).
  • Trading, Profit and Loss or Income and Expenditure Account projected for the same period.
  • For existing businesses, a copy of your most recent Year End Accounts inclusive of a Balance Sheet

For more details on  what is required for a business loan/overdraft application please download the ‘Application Guide’ below.


Application Process

Upon receiving an application and all documentation required, an in depth analysis is undertaken on the business proposal. This process is likely to take 4-6 weeks (20-30 working days) depending on:

  • The value of the application
  • The details and accuracy of the information provided
  • The security offered
Unsuccessful Applicants

A loan application may be declined for a variety of reasons. The Bank reserves the right to refuse or approve loans at its sole discretion, without the requirement to provide a reason for doing so.

Successful Applicants

A successful applicant will be notified by telephone, email or letter.


Administration Fees

If your application is successful, you are required to pay an administration fee to the Bank for work carried out on your application. See the table below for the relevant admin and cancellation fees. 

Up to £5,000Application Fee£20
Administration Fee£40
Cancellation Fee£20
£5,001 - £30,000Application Fee £25
Administration Fee£50
Cancellation Fee£25
£30,001 - £75,000Application Fee£25
Administration Fee0.185% of Loan Amount
Cancellation Fee£25
£75,001 - £150,000Application Fee£30
Administration Fee0.3% of Loan Amount
Cancellation Fee£30
Over £150,000Application Fee£35
Administration Fee0.5% of Loan Amount
Cancellation Fee£35
Relevant Terms and Conditions, Forms, Guides and Brochures

Terms and Conditions

How your Loan Works

Application Guide

Cash Flow Forecast

Loan Calculator

Apply for Secured/Unsecured Finance - Sole Trader or Partnership Online

Download Secured/Unsecured Finance - Sole Trader or Partnership Application

Apply for Secured/Unsecured Finance - Limited Company Online

Download Secured/Unsecured Finance - Limited Company Application

Contact Us

Please contact us on (+290) 22390 or complete the Contact Form.

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