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Whether you are looking for a start-up business loan or funds to expand your venture, you will find exactly what you need for maximum growth at a low rate with these well-established business loan lenders.

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Loans uniquely designed for South African businesses 

South African SMEs account for over a third of our country’s GDP making them a vital component of our economy and livelihoods.

When it comes to business finance the market can certainly be described as complex, difficult to navigate and ever-evolving and it's these factors that make it difficult for both aspiring business owners and existing businesses to find and secure business finance.

Existing SMEs will certainly find it easier to secure finance than hopeful entrepreneurs without a track record to inspire lenders to offer them a business loan. We have provided a list of business lenders, their most important services and product details as well as their vital features to make the loan finding process easier.

Types of financing for businesses in South Africa

Unlike with other forms of credit, when it comes to business finance, research is a complex process since there are many types of business finance forms, different qualifying criteria and different approaches depending on your needs and goals.

It's important to remember that start-ups and existing businesses have very different options available to them. From government funding to angel investors and bank loans there is certainly no shortage of options for new and existing businesses.

Since understanding what types of funding options are available and whether or not they are suitable for you is we will proceed by listing and describing the different forms of financing.

Government grants for new & existing businesses

Institutions such as the Department of Trade and Industry and the Co-Operative Incentive Scheme in addition to a handful of others offer government grants which, unlike government funding or bank loans do not have to be repaid.

The competition for a government grant is fierce and businesses or startups must have a solid business plan in place, be registered, have a tax clearance certificate available, an open business bank account in addition to a list of other requirements.

It is much easier for a small business or an entrepreneur to secure a grant if they are already operating and turning a profit. In such cases, the institution will be able to justify the grant and easily gather all the required information and documentation to back up its decision.

New businesses with a solid business plan may qualify and will usually be put through a mentorship programme to help them register a business, obtain a tax clearance certificate and develop a good business plan.

Government funding schemes

Government funding will require as much paperwork and supporting documents as a government grant however, any funds obtained must be repaid in full, with interest. The benefit that this form of funding has over private funding from a bank is lower interest rates and significantly more flexible repayment plans.

Some government funds allow entrepreneurs to make their first repayment 6 to 12 months after the funds were approved and delivered. This is particularly true for businesses in the early stages of growth and for agricultural or seasonal businesses. Businesses that have secured contracts in place or have been awarded a government contract will find obtaining a government grant easier than others.

Debt finance from Banks and private lenders

Debt Financing is where an existing business borrows money from a lender and repays the loan in instalments with interest. This form of finance allows business owners or, their shareholders to retain complete control and ownership of the company unlike with equity finance where funds are raised through the offering of shares.

Major banks like Nedbank, FNB, and ABSA are primary sources of debt finance for businesses in South Africa. These banks offer overdrafts and asset-based loans like vehicle finance which are any form of business loan that is secured.

This security can be offered in the form of property, invoices or balance sheet assets and can either long or short-term to meet the business's needs. In addition to the major banks in South Africa, there are many smaller, private credit providers who offer debt finance.

Overdrafts: This form of business finance is used by most businesses whether they are large or small and is an ideal way to manage cash flow. This form of business finance does not offer a large amount in most cases but can cover all your cash flow needs and can be obtained even by start-up businesses provided their owners or shareholder offer a personal guarantee in the form of private assets.

Debtor Finance: This form of finance is available to businesses who have contracts in place or invoices that they can cash in on. Most major banks and private lenders will be willing to offer 75% finance on debtor invoices, however, qualifying is not simple and requires a significant annual turnover and business and financial administration that meets the lender's requirements.

Asset Finance: This form of finance allows a business to purchase equipment or vehicles by having a portion or complete asset invoice financed by the bank. The assets being purchased will be used as security until the loan is repaid in full. The loan is repaid in instalments plus interest and can be either a long or short-term loan.

Equity finance

Equity Finance is the finance gained by a business or start-up through the offering of shares. These shares can be offered privately to existing shareholders or publically to outside investors.

Although equity finance is quite popular among large corporations it is very rare for small and medium-sized businesses since investors are typically looking for a return of 35% or more within a few years.

In addition, most equity fund managers tend to invest only in businesses that are considered safe and easy investments. To access venture capital or equity finance you will have to either have an existing business or have a patent in place to gather the interest and support of investors.

Angel investors

Angel investors offer funds to business that they believe may offer high returns for a relatively low investment. They are more likely to invest in what would be considered a "high-risk business" by equity fund managers and banks.

Angel investments offer startup companies a higher chance of raising the required funds than other forms of funding but is certainly far from easy. The two largest angel investment networks in South Africa are the Angel Investment Network and Angel Hub Ventures where the majority of angel funding transactions are done.

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List of direct lenders offering Business loans

  1. Investec Business loan

    Investec

    • Partnering for growth
    • Tailored finance
    • Low rates and fees
  2. Mercantile Bank Business loan

    Mercantile Bank

    • Loans up to R1,500,000
    • Term up to 72 months
    • Interest from 12.10%
  3. Bidvest Bank Business loan

    Bidvest Bank

    • Low rate loans
    • Reliable loan options
    • Asset finance
  4. Boodle Business loan

    Boodle

    • Loans up to R4,000
    • Term up to 32 days
    • Interest from 60%
  5. Spartan Business loan

    Spartan

    • Asset Finance
    • Bridging Finance
    • Finance for SMEs
  6. Business Partners Business loan

    Business Partne...

    • Loans up to R5,000,000
    • Term up to 7 years
    • Interest from 18.5%
  7. Retail Capital Business loan

    Retail Capital

    • Flexible loan options
    • Fast loan payouts
    • 80% approval rate
  8. Business Loans Business loan

    Business Loans

    • Loans up to R1,500,000
    • Fast loan approval
    • Easy online application
  9. Bridging Finance Business loan

    Bridging Financ...

    • Loans up to R250,000
    • Term up to 60 months
    • Interest from 15%
  10. First National Bank Business loan

    First National ...

    • Loans up to R150,000
    • Term up to 60 months
    • Interest from 10.5%
  11. Pollen Finance Business loan

    Pollen Finance

    • Fast loan payouts
    • Loans up to R3,000,000
    • Term up to 26 weeks
  12. Bridgement Business loan

    Bridgement

    • Loans up to R5,000,000
    • Term up to 12 months
    • 100% online loans
  13. Kenote Finance Business loan

    Kenote Finance

    • Business growth
    • Quick online loans
    • Affordable loan options
  14. Merchant Capital Business loan

    Merchant Capita...

    • Working capital
    • Tailormade loans
    • Competitive rates
  15. Power Pack Business loan

    Power Pack

    • Business advice
    • Reliable loans
    • Low interst rates
  16. Small Enterprise Finance Agency Business loan

    Small Enterpris...

    • Loans up to R5,000,000
    • Term up to 12 years
    • Easy access to loans
  17. Cash Flow Capital Business loan

    Cash Flow Capit...

    • Loans up to R1,000,000
    • Term up to 60 months
    • Interest from 32%
  18. Funding Connection Business loan

    Funding Connect...

    • Business plan packages
    • Access to funding
    • Business coaching
  19. Fundrr Business loan

    Fundrr

    • Loans up to R500,000
    • Term up to 12 months
    • Affordable repayments
  20. Angel Investment Network Business loan

    Angel Investmen...

    • Develop a product
    • Investment opportunities
    • Marketing funding
  21. Grofin Business loan

    Grofin

    • Loans up to R1,500,000
    • Term up to 60 months
    • Interest from 28%
  22. Lend Link Business loan

    Lend Link

    • Loans up to R5,000,000
    • Affordable loans
    • Quick and easy loans
  23. RM Capital Business loan

    RM Capital

    • Invoice Discounting
    • Up to 10M
    • Within 24 hours
  24. Genfin Business loan

    Genfin

    • Loans up to R2,000,000
    • Grow your business
    • Tailored finance
  25. Reichmans Capital Business loan

    Reichmans Capit...

    • Loans up to R2,000,000
    • Term up to 72 months
    • Interest from 24%
  26. Business Funding SA Business loan

    Business Fundin...

    • Loans up to R1,500,000
    • Term up to 6 yeears
    • Interest from 23%
  27. Express Business Capital Business loan

    Express Busines...

    • Tailored loans
    • Cash advances
    • Working capital
  28. CapX Business loan

    CapX

    • Loans up to R50,000,000
    • Term up to 7 years
    • Interest from 32%
  29. Genuity Business loan

    Genuity

    • Loans up to R1,000,000
    • Term up to 72 months
    • Interest from 23%
  30. Anglo African Finance Business loan

    Anglo African F...

    • Loans up to R1,500,000
    • Term up to 72 months
    • Interest from 17%
  31. Transaction Capital Business Solutions Business loan

    Transaction Cap...

    • Loans up to R1,000,000
    • Term up to 72 months
    • Interest from 23%
  32. Genrand Business loan

    Genrand

    • Loans up to R1,500,000
    • Term up to 60 months
    • Interest from 24%
  33. Greenbridge Capital Business loan

    Greenbridge Cap...

    • Loans up to R1,500,000
    • Term up to 72 months
    • Interest from 18.5%
  34. Mettle Merchant Finance Business loan

    Mettle Merchant...

    • Loans up to R2,000,000
    • Term up to 7 years
    • Interest from 18.6%