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Interest-free business loans

Benefit from an interest-free business loan to help get your budding business off the ground.

The NSW Government is offering an interest-free business loan that allows small- to medium-sized enterprises to benefit from funds that are usually only available to secure businesses needing more capital. As long as your business can demonstrate the amount of revenue and further growth that are prerequisites for a government loan, you are able to apply for this extra capital.

This opportunity is a real boost to newer businesses because they tend to have an unsecured lending history and are often unable to obtain commercial financing. This initiative is put forward by the NSW Government, which means only businesses within NSW are eligible.

How does an interest-free business loan work?

An interest-free business loan works the same way as any other business loan. Before you apply for the amount your business needs, figure out whether the loan terms and repayments are something your business can take on. The loan offered by the NSW Government has a loan term of four years with varying repayment plans, and includes the flexibility of multiple payment advances, which can offer peace of mind.

The loan doesn’t require any personal assets to be secured, such as a residential property or a vehicle, but while you’re paying off your loan, Jobs for NSW will place security over all general and future assets of the business.

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What types of interest-free business loans are available?

The Regional Growth Loan is an interest-free loan that specifically assists businesses creating jobs in regional areas outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. There is no interest payable on this loan. The minimum amount is $200,000 and the maximum is $500,000. This loan does not need to be secured by personal assets. The loan term for is four years. There are no establishment fees or early repayment penalties charged with this loan.

Alternative business loans from NSW Government

If your business is not eligible for the Regional Growth Loan, the NSW Government also offers two alternative loan options to consider which are charged interest.

  • The Strategic Growth Loan is flexible and offers direct capital to emerging and fast-growing businesses that are scaling quickly. This loan offers a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $1,200,000. This is offered over four years with an interest rate of 9.2%.
  • The Accelerating Growth Loan is also flexible and for businesses that are growing within the state of NSW. The minimum for this loan is $200,000 and it has a maximum of $500,000. The interest rate for this loan is a fixed 9.2% for the term of the loan, which is four years.

There are no establishment fees with these loans, nor are there any penalties for early repayment.

Is my business eligible for an interest-free business loan?

The eligibility criteria for the Strategic Growth Loan are:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be an incorporated company
  • Have a minimum of five employees (full-time, part-time or casual)
  • Create a minimum of 20 new jobs within the next 3 years in NSW
  • Demonstrate a likely revenue of at least $1 million within the next year
  • Be trading for at least a year
  • Demonstrate further growth for a minimum of 1 year, shown through future pipelines or contracts
  • Be unable to obtain commercial finance

The eligibility criteria for the Accelerating Growth Loan are:

  • Have an ABN and be an incorporated company
  • Have a minimum of five employees (full-time, part-time or casual)
  • Create a minimum of 10 new jobs within the next two years in metropolitan NSW (Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)
  • Demonstrate a likely revenue of at least $500,000 within the next year
  • Be trading for at least a year
  • Demonstrate further growth for a minimum of one year, shown through future pipelines or contracts
  • Be unable to obtain commercial finance

The eligibility criteria for a Regional Growth Loan are:

  • Have an ABN and be an incorporated company
  • Have a minimum of five employees (full time, part time or casual)
  • Create a minimum of 10 new jobs within the next two years outside of metropolitan NSW (Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong)
  • Demonstrate a likely revenue of at least $500,000 within the next year
  • Be trading for at least a year
  • Demonstrate further growth for a minimum of one year, shown through future pipelines or contracts
  • Demonstrate they have been unable to obtain commercial finance

What do I need to consider before applying?

Once you’ve read the eligibility criteria, it’s important to consider whether or not your business is going to grow and meet the standards that are set by the NSW Government. Once you’ve considered this, it’s also important to consider the hiring capabilities of your business, because some of the loan requirements are that you have to add 10 or 20 employees over the next three years.

As there are no fees for early repayments or any establishment fees, another thing to consider is the penalties that might be associated with this loan, such as if you make a late payment.

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