Over £100 billion in support from banks and the government has been received by UK firms through coronavirus stimulus initiatives, with lenders distributing more than £58 billion and companies claiming £39.3 billion under the furlough schem. Figures from HM Treasury published today reveal that UK lenders have supported over 1.33 million businesses across the country…

A study by Onward has found that around 20% of British businesses are only making enough profit to cover their debt interest payments. High levels of corporate debt built up by companies during the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed 4.3% of firms into technical insolvency, the report estimates. In the new research paper titled ‘Paying it…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that total asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) fell by 22% in July 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.  In the seven months to July 2020, new business contracted by 31% compared with the same period in 2019. The…

Latest figures from the HM Treasury have shown that almost £53 billion of credit has been issued through the Government’s emergency coronavirus lending schemes, with more than 1.23 million businesses benefitting. Around £35.5 billion has been approved through the bounce back loan scheme for small companies, with £13.7 billion provided to over 60,400 businesses through…

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to see business lending grow by 14.4% this year – the highest level in 13 years – according to an EY ITEM Club Interim Bank Lending Forecast. Additional bank finance (including government-backed loans) has been crucial to UK corporates and SMEs during the pandemic, and it is predicted that firms…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that total asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) fell by 41% in June 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.  In the first half of 2020, new business fell by 32% compared with the same period in 2019. The business…

Fleet leasing specialists Alphabet (GB) has announced the appointment of Clive Buhagiar as the new interim Chief Operating Officer. Buhagiar takes over the role from Uwe Hildinger, who will be joining Alphabet Germany as their new Chief Executive Officer in August. As interim COO, Buhagiar will be responsible for the whole Operational Function of Alphabet…

The banking and finance industry has approved £47.9 billion to over 1.1 million businesses so far through government-backed coronavirus lending schemes, HM Treasury statistics have revealed. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) continues to provide new support to thousands of small and micro businesses every day, with 1.08 million businesses having received a total of…

More than 1.1 million businesses backed by £46 billion through Covid-19 lending schemes according to the latest HM Treasury figures. The figures show that the banking and finance industry has approved £46.3 billion to over 1.1 million businesses so far through government-backed coronavirus lending schemes with Almost 1.05 million small and micro businesses have received…

New government data has indicated that UK firms have received £30.93 billon worth of Bounce Back Loans to help support them following the impact of COVID-19. The figures from the Treasury show that 1.01 million of loans have been made. Businesses have benefitted from 53,536 loans worth over £11.4 billion through the Coronavirus Business Interruption…

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