Crowd2Fund has outlined the rates it will offer businesses when it relaunches to deliver the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS).
The peer-to-peer business lender plans to relaunch its platform in July and offer two government-backed support schemes to help small- and medium-sized enterprises, as part of its Reboot Britain Campaign.
The platform, which paused new investments and its secondary market in April, will launch the government-backed CBILS at 9.5 per cent and will continue to offer higher risk venture debt loans at 15 per cent.
Crowd2Fund will also offer the future fund, providing interest-only returns on investments at around four to eight per cent APR where the debt investment can be converted into company equity at a discounted valuation for investors.
“These products offer a truly unique opportunity to secure the success of the very best British entrepreneurs, who are building the future of the economy and stimulating job creation,” Crowd2Fund said in a blog on its website.
“Crowd2Fund will be using this as an opportunity to grow into a global operation, while also providing an international launch-pad to the forward-thinking global entrepreneurs, in the most future-focused sectors.”
In a separate blog, Crowd2Fund said it has strengthened its credit processes.
The platform has put additional loan monitoring checks onto its exchange and said in order to inform its revised credit policy, it is undertaking a review of every active client on the platform. The business lender said it will take action if they show signs of distress.
Crowd2Fund has also reviewed and updated its compliance processes.
When it relaunches, there will be a new investor onboarding journey, through which investors will be asked a series of questions to validate their understanding of the platform and investment products, before being able to log in.
In another separate blog, Crowd2Fund said since March, the platform implemented an emergency action plan to help mitigate the potential damages for both businesses and investors due to Covid-19 and this is starting to pay off.
Almost all of its distressed businesses are now accessing emergency credit, resolving themselves or in some circumstances, being restructured into a revenue loan, a structure that gives businesses more flexibility during periods of low revenue.
The businesses that contacted the platform were directly affected by the lockdown. They were mainly firms in the hospitality sector, beauty, education, health or non-essential shops and businesses that were not able to move their trading online immediately.
Crowd2Fund directed companies to government grants and offered the option to switch from fixed term loans to revenue loans, giving businesses a clear structure for them to repay after the lockdown.