Start & Grow is a rolling programme; there are approximately five decision-making panels each year. You will be advised of application deadlines and panel dates when we send you the application pack.
No. All our investments must be one third grant, two thirds loan.
The interest rate is the current base rate (at the time your application is approved) + 6%. This is fixed for the term of the loan.
A social enterprise can be a Company Limited by Guarantee with an appropriate “asset lock” and social purpose; it could also be a registered charity. Common types of social enterprises are Co-operatives, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Development Trusts, Credit Unions and Housing Associations.
We define social enterprises as businesses with social and/or environmental objectives whose surpluses are reinvested in the business or to improve their community, instead of maximising profit for shareholders and owners.
Resilient Scotland is not currently accepting applications from CIC’s limited by shares, because of the possibility that they may generate financial benefit for individuals, such as shareholders and investors, and this is not compatible with the charitable aims of Resilient Scotland or the JESSICA (Scotland) Trust. We are constantly reviewing our eligibility criteria and will update the website and FAQ’s should this situation change.
Your constitution (more commonly known as the governing document or Memorandum and Articles of association) must include a clause (dissolution clause) that sets out what you will do in the event of a decision to wind up or dissolve the organisation. The dissolution clause makes it clear that assets will not be kept or sold for any profit, but passed instead to another organisation with the same or similar charitable objects. Your dissolution clause must be worded so that it demonstrates your compliance with charity legislation and/or Company Law, depending on how your organisation is incorporated.
Having an asset lock also means that upon winding up, an organisation can only pass what is left in the business to another company (social enterprise, community enterprise or charity) with similar charitable aims. It also prevents assets being disposed of while the organisation is still running for less than their value (e.g. you can’t sell off a £300 laptop to a staff member for 1p).
The primary aim of all social enterprises must be a social or environmental one.
We cannot recommend what constitutes a social or environmental mission, these are different for each organisation, but an organisation’s social or environmental mission must be explicit in the governing documents and you should explain and justify the value of these when applying for investment.
Resilient Scotland is also a charity and must operate within its own charitable objects. You will be asked how you will help us meet our objectives as part of the application process.
This is possible in certain circumstances, for example, if you are proposing to start up a new enterprise or extend an existing activity which will create or sustain employment in one of the 13 areas, you may be able to apply even if your main operational base is elsewhere. If you have answered “yes” to all the eligibility checklist questions but still have doubts about whether you can apply you should contact us to discuss these in more detail.
There are no arrangement fees or legal fees in the normal course of making the loan and grant. Resilient Scotland will take a floating charge over each Start & Grow loan and there will be a small charge for registering this. This amount will be deducted from the grant. You may wish to take your own legal advice about the terms of the loan agreement and this may incur a cost.
In some cases, where particular conditions are imposed, the applicant may have to seek legal or other advice and this may incur a cost.
A floating charge is a security held by a lender which “floats” over all of the company assets (such as stock, office equipment), but which does not interfere with the running of the business. It may be used in particular circumstances (such as liquidation) to allow the lender to recover some money if the assets are sold.
If your organisation is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) please call us to discuss security requirements.
The conditions precedent will be different for each investment.
If there is other unsecured borrowing (for example, Directors loans), we may ask for a Letter of Postponement to give us comfort that the repayment of the Start & Grow loan will be given priority.
If the loan is for purchase or refurbishment of a property, we may ask to see the relevant planning permissions, building warrants, licenses etc.
You may repay the loan early, there are no fees for doing so. However, you should note that if you seek to replay the outstanding loan within the first two years of the term of the investment then you must also repay a proportion of the grant (this will be detailed in your loan agreement).
You may make larger payments than the agreed monthly payments, but these must be of £1000 or multiples thereof.
Your Investment Executive will keep in touch with you throughout the life of the loan. There will be monitoring visits (at least annually), and we will ask you to provide regular up-to-date financial information.
Should you anticipate any problems with meeting your loan repayments, you should contact us as soon as possible. We will always discuss your particular situation and be flexible in our approach to helping you overcome any financial or cash flow problems if possible. We will do this by using our own expertise, signposting you to others, or by restructuring the debt if possible.
This is no longer a requirement for Start & Grow investment, but if we think that a proposal could be ‘bankable’, then we reserve the right to request evidence that commercial lending has been refused.
You will be required to submit up-to-date financial information on an ongoing basis as part of our monitoring process. This will be different for each applicant, but for Start & Grow will be ‘light touch’, unless the investment is considered to be very high risk. We usually require that you submit financial information and quarterly and budgets and accounts annually.
You are required to inform us of any changes in governance during the repayment term, and we ask that you keep us informed of any significant changes to your business plans or key personnel.
Yes, but we may ask to see the Terms and Conditions that apply to other loans, so that we are aware of any restrictions or conditions that other existing lenders may have imposed, in case they affect the terms of our investment. We also ask that you inform us if you intend to take on any new debt funding during the term of the Start & Grow loan.
If there are unsecured loans in the company from Directors or other individuals, we may ask for a Letter of Postponement to give us comfort that the repayment of the Start & Grow loan will be given priority. This prevents organisations from using the Start & Grow investment to repay other existing debts.
Some investees have taken Start & Grow investment and have successfully returned to us for further investment. All applications are considered on the same basis, so if the debt can be serviced and the outcomes are sufficient, it is possible.
- Businesses that are insolvent or at the immediate risk of insolvency
- Proposals that are merely to replace existing debt finance
- Subsidiaries of public bodies
- Proposals capable of being fully funded on a commercial basis
- Organisations whose beneficiaries are outwith the 13 eligible local authority areas.
- Proposals that promote religious practices or beliefs
- Schedule 3 Community Interest Companies.