The British Business Bank has provided NEPIC with an update on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes and Fund, designed to support UK businesses that are losing revenue and seeing their cashflow disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Thursday, 16th April 2020. The new scheme provides finance to mid-sized and larger UK businesses with turnover above £45m (which is the upper limit for the existing smaller-business focused CBILS).
can help provide facilities of up to £25m for businesses with turnover from £45m up to £250m, and facilities of up to £50m for those businesses with a turnover of more than £250m who are suffering disruption to their cashflow due to lost or deferred revenues during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The scheme will be operational with lenders from Monday 20 April 2020. The CLBILS website is the best source of up to date information but for your ease of reference please see attached the following document – CLBILS Factsheet.
The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports term loans, revolving credit facilities (including overdrafts), invoice finance and asset finance facilities. It is designed to give lenders greater confidence to provide funding by providing a partial guarantee of 80% of the outstanding facility balance.
Please note that any queries by SMEs in relation to their specific circumstances must be directed to their lender or one of the accredited CLBILS lenders and not to the BBB.
On 20th April 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced he is to establish a new Future Fund to support the UK’s innovative businesses currently affected by Covid-19. These businesses have been unable to access other government business support programmes, because they are either pre-revenue or pre-profit and typically rely on equity investment.
The scheme will deliver an initial commitment of £250m of new government funding which will be unlocked by private investment on a match funded basis. The government scheme, which will be developed in partnership with the British Business Bank with the intention of launching for applications in May, will initially be open until the end of September. Over the coming weeks the Bank will work with government on the details on how the Future Fund will operate and how to apply for the scheme.
The British Business Bank has recently announced that it has approved five new lenders for accreditation under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS): The Co-operative Bank, Cynergy Bank, OakNorth Bank, Starling Bank and Funding Circle.
In addition Arkle Finance, Close Brothers and Secure Trust Bank, recently accredited under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, are now accredited under CBILS. Coutts has been accredited for CBILS as part of RBS Group’s existing accreditation.
We have recently revised and updated our CBILS FAQs for SMEs with a number of the more complex questions that SMEs have been asking Lenders.
These are the new questions we have added to the FAQs page on our BBB website:
OTHER BUSINESS FINANCE SUPPORT OPTIONS
You can also find details of other government measures to support public services, people and businesses through this disruption on the Government’s Business Support website.
GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FOR YOUR BUSINESS DURING THIS PERIOD OF UNCERTAINTY
The British Business Bank and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) have created new content to help businesses that are facing financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
You can view this regularly updated guidance at the Business Finance Guide website.