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Transparency is our promise, personal loans without the confusion.

Have you noticed some banks advertise very attractive low rates in their advertising?

The report we commissioned in 2018 uncovered that UK borrowers surveyed feel misled by how Representative APRs (Annual Percentage Rates) in personal loans advertising is used. By applying for a loan based on the Representative APR advertised which is not always the rate they’ll end up getting, it’s cost them an estimated £204 million a year more than initially expected.

At Shawbrook, we’ve chosen to do things differently.

What you see is what you get. It is important to us that you have all the information you need when you’re thinking of applying for a loan and that you do not just make your decision to apply based on an advertised headline rate because not everybody will be offered that rate and we understand that can be very frustrating. When you come to us for a personal loan, we’ll always give you a quote for your guaranteed personalised rate right from the start. This means you’ll have a clear idea of how much the loan will cost you before you decide to apply.


Proportion of surveyed loan applicants that are dissatisfied with how Representative APRs are used in loan advertising


The minimum percentage of successful loan applicants that a provider has to offer their Representative APR to.


The proportion of customers that expect to be offered the advertised APR if their loan application is succesful.

* 1,500 personal loan customers surveyed by the Cebr, 2018

Are consumers being misled by Representative APRs?

The survey conducted by Cebr has revealed that in recent years, there has been a widening gap between Representative APRs advertised by lenders and the actual interest rates lenders offer successful applicants. 

The survey of 1,500 personal loan applicants indicated that borrowers are frustrated and want more transparency before applying:

  • 63% of surveyed loan applicants in the past two years feel dissatisfied with the way that representative APRs are currently being used in advertising.
  • 57% of customers surveyed were not aware of the specific rule that the Representative APR has be offered to a minimum of 51% of successful applicants.
  • 13% of consumers who apply for a personal loan go on to take out a loan that is more expensive than initially advertised.
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Keeping things clear and simple

With a Shawbrook personal loan, there is clarity from the outset

 We’ll give you an instant quote and offer you a guaranteed, personalised rate with no impact on your credit score.

You can apply for a Shawbrook Bank Personal Loan for a variety of reasons.

  • Borrow from £1,000 to £50,000.
  • Loan terms available from 1 to 7 years.
  • Get a fixed rate and fixed monthly payments over the whole term.

Customers are our top priority

We’re committed to being fair and transparent with everyone that applies for a personal loan, so this is our promise:

  • HonestWhat you see is what you get.
  • Open: We want you to get the rate that’s right for you.
  • Fair: Don’t pay more for someone else.
  • Upfront: If it’s not good for you, it’s not good for us.
  • Clear: We won’t waffle.


Below are some of the most common queries about our loans

Unsecured personal loans are loans that are not secured against any of your assets, such as your home or car.

These loans are typically for smaller amounts when compared to the amount you could borrow with a secured loan and can be more expensive because of the risk attached to unsecured lending.

However, at Shawbrook, we will give you a clear picture of your guaranteed rate when you apply for a quote so you can decide whether this is the right option for you.

Of course — you have the right to pay a personal loan back early or make an additional monthly repayment under the Consumer Credit Act. But it’s important to know that this may be subject to an early repayment charge.

To discuss your options with a member of our team, please contact us. If you have taken out a loan with us on or after 13th December 2021, you can also log in to your customer portal to contact us:

Alternatively, you can find out more by reading our guide on paying off a loan early.

Payments on your loan are calculated by considering how much you want to borrow, how long you want to borrow it, and how much it will cost you including any fees. A lender will use the annual percentage rate (APR) on this sum to give you a fixed monthly payment over the duration of your loan.

Some lenders offer an online calculator to help you see what your repayments could look like if you chose to borrow with that specific lender.

At Shawbrook, we believe that personal loan calculators might not accurately reflect what interest rate you’ll get when you apply for a loan. When you use a calculator, this may not be the actual rate you receive, so you won’t have a clear picture of the rate you’ll get and the associated repayments until you apply.

Instead of using loan calculators, we offer you a guaranteed rate through our quote tool, which provides you with a breakdown of your repayment costs based on the actual APR that you’re eligible for. And don’t worry; applying for a quote will not affect your credit score.

For more information, read our guide on why we don’t use loan calculators.

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