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New Bounce Back Loans Announced


In a week which saw HMRC hit its payout date target for JRS Grants (6 days), the government announced new measures to help smaller businesses.


  • businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days

  • loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and businesses can apply online through a short and simple form


Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders, the Chancellor announced on Monday 27 April.


Rishi Sunak said the new Bounce Back Loans scheme, which will provide loans of up to £50,000, would help bolster the existing package of support available to the smallest businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.


The scheme has been designed to ensure that small firms who need vital cash injections to keep operating can get finance in a matter of days, and comes alongside the £6 billion awarded in business grants, supporting 4 million jobs through the job retention scheme and generous tax deferrals supporting hundreds of thousands of firms.


The government, which has been consulting extensively with business representatives about the design of the new scheme, will provide lenders with a 100% guarantee for the loan and pay any fees and interest for the first 12 months. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months.


The loans will be easy to apply for through a short, standardised online application. The loan should reach businesses within days- providing immediate support to those that need it as easily as possible.


The scheme will launch for applications on Monday 4 May. Firms will be able to access these loans through a network of accredited lenders.


The government will work with lenders to ensure loans delivered through this scheme are advanced as quickly as possible and agree a low standardised level of interest for the remaining period of the loan.


When looking at taking on a loan like this, remember that after 12 months repayments need to be made. You should also consider what other measures you have taken advantage of, such as VAT and Tax deferrments.


You dont want to stockpile debt.

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