Business Partners loans have been of effective financial assistance to a number of South African entrepreneurs over the years.
Business Partners is a South African financial service provider with an excellent reputation.
To date, they have provided South African SMEs with business loans worth over R19.5 billion.
All business owners with a viable formal business can access financial assistance in loans of R500 000 up to R50 million.
However, the funds received from Business Partners have a spending restrictions.
A company can to spend their funds for expansion, working capital, equipment, takeovers, property, franchises or management buy-outs and so on.
The applications can either be done online or from any of the Business Partners’ branches countrywide.
You can fill and submit an ‘enquirer about finance’ form on their website, providing them with the requested information about your business, its owner and desired loan amount.
Business Partners will then use this information to determine whether you can proceed with the application or you can look elsewhere.
Should you proceed to the application phase, you will need to submit the application form and a business plan. The application form can either be emailed to them or dropped off from their branch.
Your business plan will provide them detailed information about your business, the management team; the activities of the business and the market in which it operates, projections and the financing requirement.
Below we have laid out some of the essential information your business plan should point out:
Also, the application will be assessed by looking at the business owner’s personal profile(s);
The funds received from Business Partners are meant to be spent on:
Business Partners offers long term loans from 3 to 5 years for business finance, whereas property finance goes up to 10 years.
Business owners with a viable business who want to purchase their own premises may get funding from Business Partners. The loan amounts start from R500 000 to R50 million and can be paid off in 10 years.
Considered applications are those of:
The property to be purchased is expected to be in good condition, well located and priced at reasonable market value.
Business Partners does not assist with funds for residential and agriculture properties.
Business Partners has long repayment periods from 3 to 5 years, this tends to lower the number of monthly instalments. Also, renegotiating the financing conditions, either in the repayment term or in the interest of the loan, maybe feasible in a long term loan.
Since 1981, Business Partners has been assisting small and medium enterprises in South Africa with investments and loans. Therefore, they have in-depth knowledge of the SME sector, as well as insight into the opportunities available to and challenges facing independent businesses.
Most lenders do not want to assist start-up businesses. While Business partners open their hands to assist startups, all you need is a good and feasible business plan that meets their standards. Their mentorship services also set them apart from other lenders.
Business Partners has about 300 mentors, who can assist in a range of services available to clients, potential clients and the public. Some examples of the type of assistance offered are marketing, financial management and technical assistance.
Business Partners puts restriction on the use of advanced funds.
The funds received can only be spent on items you specified on the loan application according to the requirements they give.
This becomes a limitation if you want to use the funds for other purposes, say, a business trip or other not mentioned uses.
The internet has made it possible for a business to apply and get funds for a loan in less than a day.
Surprisingly, Business partners still expect their clients to fill an inquiry form before being given an application form.
This drags and slows down the application process, in these fast-moving times, no business wants to wait up just to process a loan application.
Business partners is definitely a go-to lender when you need to finance huge projects since their loan terms can stretch out to 5 years or even more for properties.
However, their processes are too long for urgent cases that need immediate funds to solve.