iwoca’s Flexi-Loan product more than doubles to £500,000 to meet small business demand

We've more than doubled the maximum size of our business loan offering to meet small business demand – we're now offering business loans up to 500k.

22 July 2022
  • iwoca raises the maximum size of its Flexi-Loan to 500K as small business demand for larger loans grows.
  • The lender's most recent SME Expert Index revealed that demand for loans over 200k increased compared with the same period in 2021, rising by 8 percentage points between Q2 2021 and Q2 2022.
  • Larger loans will help iwoca cater to the concerns of more small businesses as they look to invest in the future and manage their cash flow.

We're more than doubling the maximum size of our core lending product, Flexi-Loan, allowing small business owners to access up to 500k.

We're evolving our most popular product, previously capped at 200k, to meet the growing appetite for high value loans in the small business sector.

Demand for larger loans grows

The decision to increase the loan cap follows iwoca seeing current and new customers applying for higher value loans through COVID-19 government loan schemes: the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS).

In addition, our most recent SME Expert Index, a quarterly survey of UK brokers, showed that demand for loans over 200k increased compared with last year, rising by 8 percentage points between Q2 2021 and Q1 2022.

Larger loans will help iwoca cater to the concerns of more small businesses

The increased loan size allows iwoca to cater for the needs of more small businesses, offering them the opportunity to access finance which meets their individual needs, with some looking to invest for the future and others looking to manage their cash flow in the current challenging economic environment.

The Q1 2022 SME Expert Index found growing their business’ was the most common loan purpose for small business (43%), followed by ‘managing day to day cash flow’ (31%) and ‘bridging occasional cash flow gaps’ (10%).

Fast access to finance

From today, small businesses will be able to borrow between £1k and £500k, over a period of one day to two years with iwoca’s flexible business loans. With a rapid application process, small businesses will be able to apply for a loan in just five minutes, with money landing in their bank account within 24 hours, in many cases.

Christoph Rieche, Co-Founder and CEO of iwoca, said: “All of our customers and partners tell us that they love the fast decisions we offer them; for amounts of £250,000 we make firm offers in less than a day. However, larger small and medium sized businesses also told us that our maximum loan amounts were too low for them to be relevant and therefore I am delighted that from today we’ll be upping them to 500k.

“With loans up to 500k we now cover an ever larger portion of the SME market. We serve the smallest micro-business that just got started all the way to established medium sized enterprises - regardless in which industry they operate. I am proud that we’ve already helped more than 70,000 businesses to access finance over the last 10 years, and we won’t stop innovating to serve them better in the future.”

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Charlotte is a Senior PR & Communications specialist at iwoca. She's been sharing news and insights about the finance industry for over three years.

Article updated on: 22 July 2022

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