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The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offers loans of up to £5 million through the British Business Bank. The scheme is being offered to support primarily SMEs to access bank lending and overdrafts. The Government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan and will cover the first 12 months of interest on behalf of the business. The full rules of the scheme and the list of accredited lenders is available on the British Business Bank website. All the major banks will offer the Scheme once it has launched.

Tom Gooder, our head of business development and former HSBC relationship manager reports: “I’m talking to the main High Street banks on a daily basis and am requesting updates as soon as they are available. This is a very fast-moving situation with many variables from the lenders’ perspective in terms of physically delivering the funds, so I am hopeful the process has been as streamlined as possible for fast easy access and decision-making to support businesses.

“I am advised that the banks are expecting sound proposals from viable clients and that consideration has been given to all possible support available, as well as any support that the business owners/directors are providing and also what can be done to manage costs. Due to the expected volume of requests the banks are going to see, it is important clients get this right and it is positioned with the best chance of approval at the outset, as lengthy delays could occur. There are other finance providers in the market who can assist in my network and I would like to help in any way I can, so please do contact me if you need help.”


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    Robin Berry – Morgan Management
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    Andy McCarron, McCarron and Co
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    Qadeer Ahmed, MD, ABA Finance
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    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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    Frank Wessely, Partner, Quantuma LLP
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    Karl Austen, MD, Surefoot Communications
  • We have engaged Harwood Hutton in several areas of structuring, including VAT issues, decoupling an SPV from a group structure and HMRC clearance for a transaction. The team have exceeded all expectations by being proactive, measured and very thorough.

    Adam Fawsitt, Director, FHT Limited
  • We moved to Harwood Hutton as they delivered a succinct and professional proposal. If anything, we have been more impressed post-move. They are a fantastic company to work with. They do truly differentiate. They have the skills and capabilities of a mega firm but with a personal service.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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