The government will allow a £10,000.00 cash grant to our smallest businesses delivered by local authorities. Small businesses that pay little or no business rates and are eligible for small business rate relief (SBBR) will be contacted by their local authority directly and need not apply.
A £25,000.00 grant will also be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from small premises with a rateable value between £15,000.00 and £51,000.00.
The government is also introducing a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for the 2020/2021 tax year.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (‘CBILS’)
The British Business Bank has produced the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme which allows businesses to apply for loans of up to £5,000,000.00 which will cover up to 80% of losses with no fees, as a result of the spread and impact of COVID-19.
The first 6 months of this finance will be provided interest free.
A number of private lenders are also making funds available to small businesses impacted by COVID-10, including:-
How Does CBILS Work?
CBILS will be made available from the week commencing 23 March 2020.
The scheme provides the Lender with a government –backed guarantee against the outstanding facility balance, therefore helping a ‘no’ credit decision from a lender to become a ‘yes’.
Whilst the government will pay all interest on the loan for the first 6 months, the borrower will always remain liable for the capital repayment.
CBILS supports a range of business finance products, including:-
To be eligible you must:-
Further criteria will be published shortly.
Finance terms are for 3 months to 10 years for term loans and asset finance, and up to 3 years for invoice finance.
For Borrowers seeking to apply, they must contact participating lenders. There are currently more than 40 and these can be found on https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/accredited-lenders/.
For Lenders seeking to participate in the CBILS programme, they must express an interest via the form on https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/our-partners/.
A COVID-19 Corporate Finance Facility is also being proposed by the Government to aid larger companies but further guidance on this is yet to be published.