British retail sales plummeted by a record amount in April as many stores closed amid the coronavirus outbreak. The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the number of goods sold fell by 18.1% last month. Clothing sales also halved as many High Street shops were shut under the lockdown measures introduced by the…

The big uptake of Government-backed covid-19 loan schemes raises important questions about small businesses’ concerns over their treatment as customers of the banks, according to a new independent report. The report says that issues arise from the statistically significant participation of Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMEs) in Government-backed loan schemes. A tightening economy will…

The Government has introduced the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill in Parliament, which will put in place a series of measures to amend insolvency and company law to support business and to address the challenges resulting from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Bill consists of 6 insolvency measures and 2 corporate governance measures. The…

The British Business Bank has announced that it has approved six new lenders for accreditation under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). New lenders Bibby Financial Services, iwoca, Scania Financial Services, Triodos Bank UK, Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT), and Woodsford TradeBridge will be able to provide financial support to smaller businesses across the…

The Government has announced that it will extend the maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) from £50 million to £200 million. The maximum loan size increase will help ensure those large firms which do not qualify for the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) have enough…

New Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and seeking support under the Universal Credit “searching for work” conditionality rose by 69% to over two million between March and April. Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research shows that close to one in ten (8%) business owners have…

The British Business Bank has announced that it has approved two new lenders for accreditation to offer Covid-19 business loans to small businesses across the UK. Tide will join the sixteen other  lenders who have been accredited to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) since the scheme opened last week. Alternative finance lender Liberis has…

The Insolvency Service has published its latest business insolvency statistics which have revealed that the overall numbers of business insolvencies dropped in the days immediately after the UK lockdown was applied. The short term effects of the lockdown show that during the first three weeks of March, prior to the UK lockdown on the 23rd…

The government published new statistics that show businesses have to date benefitted from over £14 billion in loans and guarantees to support their cashflow during the crisis through schemes delivered by the British Business Bank. This includes 268,000 Bounce Back Loans worth £8.3 billion, 36,000 loans worth over £6 billion through the Coronavirus Business Interruption…

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor has announced. In a boost to millions of jobs and businesses, Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said…

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