HSBC Business Loans Review

Looking for an HSBC business loan or a small business loan? Explore our comprehensive review including HSBC's loan decision process within 24 hours.

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    • Credit limits up to £500,000
    • 24 hours to get a decision
    • No fees for repaying early
    • Top-ups available

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    HSBC was opened in 1865 and has grown to become one of the largest banks in the world, serving millions of customers globally every year. The bank helps many different people, from individual savers and SMEs, to some of the world’s biggest companies.

    If you’re a small business owner, or you have your own start up, HSBC can offer you a commercial mortgage, commercial lending and business overdraft. Here’s everything you need to know about the bank’s small business loans.

    HSBC business loans at a glance

    Every care has been taken to ensure this information is accurate. All information was correct as of 11th March 2020

    Wannt to compare more business loan products? We've got guides on Royal Bank of Scotland, Esme, Santander and more.

    How does an iwoca business loan work

    1. Apply in minutes

      It takes five minutes from start to finish. We're designed with small businesses in mind, so we'll just need the basics about your business to make a decision.

    2. Use your funds

      We'll approve you based on your business performance. You then transfer as much as you need to your bank account, and the funds will typically be in your account in hours.

    3. Repay or top up

      We don't charge early repayment fees: we only charge interest for the days you have the money. If you need more funds, applying for a top up is easy. As your business grows your credit limit will too.

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    Frequently asked questions

    Here are some frequently asked questions that you might find useful.

    Am I eligible for an HSBC business loan?
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    To be eligible for an HSBC business loan you must be over 18 years old, a permanent resident, and have a good credit rating. You’ll also need to be able to prove that you have a consistent income that supports your existing debts and loan amounts.

    How do I apply for a business loan from HSBC and what documents are needed?
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    You can apply for an HSBC small business loan in a number of ways; in branch, online, or by phone. If you want to apply for a larger flexible business loan, you can do it by phone or in branch. You will need a driver’s license, passport or other government-issued ID as well as recent bank statements and business tax forms. You could need extra documentation, depending on your funding option.

    Will HSBC perform a credit check?
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    Once you have submitted an application, HSBC will perform a credit check to assess your credit score. The bank says it does this to “fairly and openly” assess the risks involved in lending to your business. If your application is declined on this basis, you can contact the bank’s business lending appeals process to have the decision reviewed.

    How long does it take to be approved?
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    If you are already an HSBC account holder then you might get approved for a loan immediately. Other customers should be contacted with a credit decision within five working days, but you could be contacted sooner.

    Will I need to provide security?
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    Not necessarily; HSBC business loans can be secured or unsecured.

    Can I pay off an HSBC loan early and can I make overpayments on an HSBC loan?
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    Yes, you can. But it might cost you; if a small business loan is repaid early the bank could still charge you interest for an additional calendar month and 28 days.

    Yes, you can and there are no charges for overpayments with a small business loan. Once you’ve taken out an HSBC small business loan you can repay it monthly or quarterly over a term of one to ten years. You are given a three-month repayment holiday at the beginning of the term, but interest will still be charged during this period, so it will cost you.


    The iwoca story

    Over the past eleven years iwoca has grown from a small start-up to one of the fastest-growing business lenders in Europe. Now we're a team of around 400 in London and Frankfurt working towards the goal of funding one million small businesses.

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    Questions? We're here to help

    Call us at 020 3397 3375 from Monday to Friday (9am - 6pm). We can take your business loan application over the phone, or answer your questions about applying online.

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