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For more information about applying for a Business Fuel business loan, read through our FAQs.
You can either:
Once the application process has been completed, your dedicated consultant will request you to submit certain documents for evaluation. Once approved and your loan agreement has been signed, pay-out into your bank can be done that same day.
When you apply, we will allocate a dedicated Business Fuel consultant to work with your application. Your consultant will address any queries you may have during the lifetime of your loan, as well as assist with any further lending request you may have.
For all approved loans, funds will be available within 3 days from the date Business Fuel receives the required supporting documentation.
We take a number of factors into account when structuring your funding solution. There is no simple formula, but we work in three categories to determine an overall score.
To kick-off our quick analysis and provide you with a preliminary offer we need:
Depending on the loan value, we may also require:
We require at least one year of trading history and a turnover of more than R1 million. As a start-up business, these criteria would not be met. However, where a business already meets these requirements and wish to pursue a new idea within the business, the business would be eligible for assistance from Business Fuel.
We do not provide funding to purchase an existing business, even if it has been trading for at least a year. We primarily look at the past operations of the business to make a funding decision – past operations may not necessarily be indicative of future operations following a change in management. We would therefore prefer that management has been running the business for at least 6 months.
What is this Direct Bank Connection?
We use a third-party provider who uses an automated process with bank-level security to pull transactional data from your bank account(s) and instantly provide these to us. This completely removes the need for you of locating your 12 months of bank statements and thereby fast-tracking your application. We only require the bank statements of the company which you are authorised to represent and therefore we do not require your personal bank statements.
Why do I have to provide my online banking information and what does Business Fuel do with it?
When providing your online banking username and password details, the system uses these to log into online banking on your behalf, without human intervention, and securely retrieve your bank transactions for the last 12 months. Business Fuel does not receive, store or have access to your login credentials. Our third-party provider does not store login credentials and all traces of the details are destroyed after the login process is complete. Bank-level security protects your information.
Can Business Fuel, or any other person, transact on my account?
This is a read-only connection and no transaction(s) can be processed. The system can only retrieve your transactional data.
How does a BUSINESS FUEL BUSINESS LOAN WORK?
Find out exactly how a Business Fuel business loan works, by perusing the FAQ’s listed in this section.
Our loans are initially structured over a 12-month period to help keep your instalment, as a percentage of your revenue, as low as possible. We can also structure this over a shorter period. In addition, you are welcome to deposit additional capital at any point to reduce your interest charge and shorten the repayment period of your business loan.
You can also access funds by withdrawing additional repaid capital at any time or refinance your facility once 50% of your capital is repaid, effectively extending the term of the loan.
You are welcome to deposit additional capital at any point to reduce your interest charge and shorten the repayment period of your business loan.
You can also access funds by redrawing additional repaid capital at any time or refinance your facility once 50% of your capital is repaid, effectively extending the term of the loan.
You can access funds by redrawing excess repaid capital at any time or refinance your facility once 50% of your capital is repaid.
We submit a weekly or monthly debit order to your bank account.
We charge interest on the outstanding balance of the loan over the life of the loan. There are no initiation, paperwork or administration fees.
Try our calculator here to see the cost and repayment terms of your required loan amount.
WHEN BUSINESS FUEL IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU:
Business Fuel made it possible for our company to complete some big contracts by providing us with capital to manage our cash flow and since then, we have never looked back. It is an absolute pleasure to work with the Business Fuel team, especially with their hands-on assistance and understanding of our business growth. They will always be on our contact list and we know that it is a relationship that will last for a long time.
- Kappie Kleinsmit | Tetracon
We were extremely impressed with the professionalism of Business Fuel and the promptness in handling our finance application. We would definitely refer Business Fuel as they were there for us when we needed it most. Their assistance helped us maintain customer relations and ensure our company’s growth going forward.
- Grant | Tailifts South Africa
Business Fuel was very helpful when we approached them. We were in the process of buying new property and had a shortfall on the deposit. We needed the money within 7 days to cover this.
A friend mentioned that I should search for companies that provide funding based on your cash flow. I found Business Fuel online and filled out their online application form. A consultant contacted me within a short space of time and from completing the online application form, my loan had been approved within 2 days with the funds being transferred to our account. My problems were solved, I paid for the property and today we are trading from it. Thanks to Business Fuel our business is solid and growing.
- Michael Mahlakoleng | 24HR Printing
Thank you for your professional and efficient service. Business Fuel really made a difference in our business!
- Anton Swanepoel | NSA Group
Like any business we have experienced cash flow problems during our quieter periods. Business Fuel was there to rescue our company financially on more than one occasion. They have helped us tremendously to keep our company rolling in very difficult times. Their staff are excellent to work with and very efficient. With just in a few days from application the money was transferred into our account.
- Faaria | Nufoods
Thank you Business Fuel for assisting us with the funding, very professional and quick.
- Daphney Makua / Corex
Business Fuel is a well organised, friendly and efficient company. We as a small business were in need of a loan to help us during a quiet season and Business Fuel assisted us without any hesitation. The handling of documents by the analyst were excellent and very organised. I would recommend them to any business that may need some cash urgently! Thank you.
- Alet Ferreira