Business lending figures have now risen to £40.7 billion to over 972,000 businesses through the three major government-backed lending schemes according to new figures from HM Treasury.

Three months to the day after the launch of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), lenders have approved over 50,000 facilities through the scheme for businesses needing financial support, totalling £10.5 billion.

CBILS was the first of the three coronavirus loan schemes to be introduced by the government in partnership with the banking and finance industry. Since then, the number of approved providers offering the scheme has doubled from 40 to almost 90, including traditional high street banks, FinTechs, asset-based finance and invoice finance providers.

The Bounce Back Loan scheme (BBLS) scheme figures show 920,000 business owners have accessed £28 billion worth of loans.

For 315 larger businesses, £2.1 billion has been approved via the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS).

Stephen Pegge, Managing Director of Commercial Finance at UK Finance, said “Since the beginning of the crisis the banking and finance industry’s core focus has been implementing a plan to help businesses through this difficult time.”

“Across all the government-backed schemes, lenders have now provided over 970,000 business with £40 billion in finance. Three months on from the launch of the first support measure, the CBIL scheme has helped 50,000 UK businesses to get access to the finance they need.”

“It’s important to remember that any lending provided under government-backed schemes is a debt not a grant, and so firms should carefully consider their ability to repay before applying.”