At the beginning of this week, the chancellor announced a new scheme aimed at helping small to medium sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.
The government states that it will guarantee 100% of the loan (unlike under the Coronavirus Business interruption Loan Scheme which is only 80% state-backed), there will be no repayments due in the first 12 months and the loan terms can be up to 6 years. Although not yet available, as it launches on Monday 4th May, this will come as very reassuring news for thousands of small firms who are in dyer need of a cash injection.
In order to be eligible for the scheme, your business must:
A business is an “undertaking in difficulty” when deduction of accumulated losses from reserves (and all other elements generally considered as part of the own funds of the company) leads to a negative cumulative amount that exceeds half of the subscribed share capital.
We can expect further guidance on this new scheme in the next few days. Some commentators have been quick to suggested that, on a practical level, the new scheme will require significant changes to the Consumer Credit Act, however, no changes have been announced yet.