North West firms have received £4.4bn funding during coronavirus crisis

Businesses across the North West have received a total of over £4.4bn in funding under the government’s two largest Covid-19 loan schemes, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Monday, 10th August 2020, 2:34 pm
Many business have had to get financial help to see them through

These provide financial support to businesses across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak:

More than 112,000 loans worth over £3.3bn have been offered across the North West under the Bounce Bank Loans Scheme, which provides a six-year term loan from £2,000 up to 25 per cent of a business’ turnover, with a limit of £50,000.

Almost 4,700 loans worth over £1.1bn have been offered across the North West under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which provides Business loans, overdrafts, invoice finance & asset finance of up to £5m to businesses with a turnover less than £45m.

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Total funding provided to North West businesses represents 11 per cent of the national total, in line with the relative size of the North West’s business population (10 per cent).

Keith Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of the British Business Bank, said: “A key objective for the British Business Bank is to identify and help reduce regional imbalances in access to finance for smaller businesses across the UK.

"It is welcome to see in the data that these schemes are helping businesses in the North West to access the finance they need to survive and stabilise, putting them in a better position to grow as we move into recovery.”

Businesses across the country, from a wide range of sectors, have benefited from the schemes.

Those featuring on the British Business Bank website include a cooking technology manufacturer, a health solutions company and a removals company. Others include a hotel, a plastering company and a distributor of table sauces to food premises.