Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (128)

Robert Troy


128. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the latest figures regarding the future growth loan scheme launched in March 2019 for each item (details supplied) until the end of quarter three 2019, in tabular form. [40445/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Future Growth Loan Scheme makes up to €300 million worth of loans available with a term of eight to ten years and is open to eligible Irish businesses, including those in the primary agriculture and seafood sectors, to support strategic long-term investment. Finance provided under the scheme is competitively priced and has favourable terms, for example, no security is required for loans up to €500,000.

The scheme has been developed by my Department and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in partnership with the Department of Finance, the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland and the European Investment Fund. 

Loans to businesses under the scheme can be used to fund investments in equipment, machinery, buildings and associated overhead costs for organisational and/or process innovation.  Loans to primary agriculture under the scheme can be used to fund investment in tangible and intangible assets on agricultural holdings linked to primary agricultural production.

The Future Growth Loan Scheme features a two-stage application process. Applications for eligibility under the scheme is made through the SBCI website. The SBCI assesses the applications and successful applicants are issued an eligibility reference number.

Eligible businesses may then apply for a loan under the scheme with one of the participating finance providers using the eligibility reference number. Approval of loans under this scheme is subject to the finance providers’ own credit policies and procedures.

The figures in the table below are those as at 27 September 2019. The Department receives a report each quarter from the SBCI on the uptake of the scheme. A number of requested figures have not been included in this table as they pertain to the relationship between banks and their client SMEs and so are beyond the remit of these reports. Some questions requested the same information and have, therefore, been answered once.

Requested Details (at 27 September 2019)

Number of businesses which have applied to the SBCI to confirm eligibility for the scheme


Number of businesses which have had their applications assessed by SBCI


Number of businesses which have not had their applications assessed by SBCI


Number of businesses which have had a successful application and received an eligibility reference   number


Number of businesses which had a successful application and received no eligibility reference number


The number of businesses who did not have a successful application and received no eligibility   reference number


List of current finance providers

Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, KBC

Number of SMEs which have progressed to sanction at finance provider level


Total value of loans progressed to sanction at finance provider level


Current interest rate for those in receipt of approved loans

Maximum interest rate of 4.5% for loans less than €250,000 and 3.5% for loans more than or equal to   €250,000