Tag Archives: Help for Small Businesses

£20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

The UK government has opened the £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund for applications from 15 March. This support fund will support small businesses with reforms to trade rules with the EU. Smaller businesses can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with […]

Budget 2021: Major highlights at a glance

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the contents of his Budget 2021 in the House of Commons on 3rd March. He announced the UK government’s tax and spending plans for the year ahead. However, the focus on helping business and jobs through the pandemic and supporting the UK’s long-term economic recovery will remain unchanged. Here is a […]

Bounce Back Loan repayment terms extended

UK government has extended the Bounce Back Loan repayment terms for a further six months. Bounce Back Loan borrowers will now have the opportunity to make payments according to their individual circumstances. They now have the option to delay all repayments for a further six months. Pay as You Grow will be available to over […]

Coronavirus business loan exceeds £71 billion

UK businesses have now borrowed over £71 billion through the government’s coronavirus business loan schemes, according to figures from HM Treasury. The affected business sectors and areas of the country have altogether accessed to the loans of over 1.5 million. The British Business Bank has also published the regional distribution of loans under the Coronavirus […]

CBILS applications predicted to rise

The experts have predicted a rise in the number of CBILS applications. The government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) supports small businesses that have lost capital due to covid-19 outbreak. The finance lender MarketFinance recently surveyed 5,000 UK companies, employers with a minimum turnover of £250,000. The lender conducted the study in November 2020 […]

Small business grants update

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged local councils in England to ensure the speedy issuance of vital small business grants to firms that require them. The business group found that councils across England have distributed on average 92 per cent of the funds. However, only 23% of councils across England have issued 100% […]

Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The UK government Eat Out to Help Out scheme will start on 3 August and run throughout the month. Chancellor Rishi Sunak had announced this scheme in his Summer Economic Update. It will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in participating cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week […]

VAT flat rates reduction

HMRC has reduced VAT rates for hospitality and the flat rate scheme. VAT flat rates have been reduced for catering, accommodation and pubs in light of the government’s temporary VAT reduction. As a consequence of the temporary reduction in the VAT rate from 20% to 5% in the hospitality sector, the flat rate percentages used […]

Job Retention Scheme extended until October: Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced on Tuesday 12 May. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) until the end of October. Mr Sunak confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. However, the […]

Bounce Back Loan Scheme : Coronavirus

The government has announced a 100% government-backed Bounce Back Loan Scheme for small business to help them make it through the coronavirus outbreak.   What does the new Small Business Bounce Back Loan actually mean for small businesses?  Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new government-backed loan to support small businesses on Monday 27th April. The […]