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Covid-19

The New Normal: The End of Covid-19 Restrictions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech Monday outlined the U.K. government’s new long-term COVID-19 plan, with today marking the first step towards ‘living with covid’ as all remaining self-isolation requirements are lifted today.

24 Feb 2022

Covid-19

How SMEs can mitigate supply chain disruption and remain resilient through the COVID-19 recovery

In a recent webinar, our Head of Sales, Ryan Hyde-Smith, was joined by Edward Revell from Starling Bank and Hugh Doherty from Smith & Williamson, to discuss how supply chain disruption is impacting UK SMEs. Here, we discuss how businesses can mitigate supply chain challenges through preparation and funding.

17 Feb 2022

Covid-19

RLS update: What’s changed and what are the alternatives?

If your business has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, you might be considering applying for finance through the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS). On 1 January 2022, a few changes came into effect. Read on to find out what’s changed and how to apply.

10 Jan 2022

Covid-19

What’s available in the £1bn support package for businesses?

On 21 December 2021, the government announced £1 billion of additional support for the hundreds of thousands of organisations across the UK hit hardest by the wave of Omicron variant coronavirus cases. Let’s take a look at how the £1bn fund is being distributed.

6 Jan 2022

Covid-19

RLS extension: What does it mean for businesses?

It’s official: the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) has been extended until 30 June 2022, as announced in the Treasury’s Autumn Budget. Read on to find out what’s changed and how you could reduce the amount you pay by refinancing your business’ debt.

4 Nov 2021

Covid-19

Funding for businesses experiencing supply chain problems and delays

The rise in the price of natural gas is having a significant impact on supply chains across the UK and overseas. Let’s take a closer look at how supply chain disruption is impacting different sectors, and explore how businesses can use funding to boost their cash flow.

26 Sept 2021

Covid-19

Managing cash flow when furlough ends in September

Since it was introduced by the government back in April 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been a lifeline for households and businesses across the UK. However, with the scheme set to end on 30 September, how can business owners manage cash flow in a way that will enable them to retain staff and continue trading?

18 Aug 2021

Covid-19

Can you save on your CBILS loan repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Last week, the Financial Times reported that as much as £5bn of state-backed government Covid-19 funding is at risk of not being repaid. So, what can business owners who took out a government-back loan – or any other type of finance – do to help ease the financial burden? For many, refinancing debt using the RLS could reduce repayment costs.

8 Aug 2021

Covid-19

What could the hospitality and tourism sector’s road to recovery look like?

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of hospitality and tourism businesses, not just as employers but as cornerstones of our local communities. As the sector continues to face huge hurdles, we take a look at what its road to recovery might look like in light of the Government's new strategy, which focuses on boosting resilience.

2 Aug 2021

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