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Covid-19

Managing cash flow when furlough ends in September

Since it was introduced by the government back in April 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been a lifeline for households and businesses across the UK. However, with the scheme set to end on 30 September, how can business owners manage cash flow in a way that will enable them to retain staff and continue trading?

18 Aug 2021

Covid-19

Can you save on your CBILS loan repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Last week, the Financial Times reported that as much as £5bn of state-backed government Covid-19 funding is at risk of not being repaid. So, what can business owners who took out a government-back loan – or any other type of finance – do to help ease the financial burden? For many, refinancing debt using the RLS could reduce repayment costs.

8 Aug 2021

Covid-19

What could the hospitality and tourism sector’s road to recovery look like?

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of hospitality and tourism businesses, not just as employers but as cornerstones of our local communities. As the sector continues to face huge hurdles, we take a look at what its road to recovery might look like in light of the Government's new strategy, which focuses on boosting resilience.

2 Aug 2021

Covid-19

How will the lifting of restrictions impact businesses?

Following a challenging year of unpredictable change, England’s business community is looking to 19 July with a sense of optimism - and slight apprehension. Let’s take a look at what we can expect following the lifting of all lockdown restrictions and how certain sectors reacted to Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday.

12 Jul 2021

Covid-19

How can businesses prepare for the summer reopening?

Although scientists advising the government are calling for the lifting of lockdown restrictions to be delayed, Step 4 of the roadmap is currently still set to happen on 21 June. Regardless of the exact date, what can businesses do to prepare?

7 Jun 2021

Covid-19

Recovery Loan Scheme mythbuster – 5 myths debunked

The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) is the latest iteration of government-supported business lending. In this article, we uncover some of the myths surrounding the RLS and share what we know so far about the scheme.

26 May 2021

Covid-19

June and the return to “normal” – what it means for businesses

With step three of England’s roadmap out of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in full swing, the business community is looking ahead with a sense of anticipation (and slight apprehension) to 21 June. Read on for a summary of what to expect and how securing the right business finance could help you to prepare for growth.

18 May 2021

Covid-19

How to secure business finance ahead of the stage 3 lockdown easing

April 12 – the date that stage 2 of the lockdown roadmap comes into play – is when non-essential shops can reopen and resume trading in person. Pubs can serve customers seated outdoors and haircuts can finally resume. Businesses have been working around the clock to get ready, and many are now looking ahead to how they can prepare for stage 3.

8 Apr 2021

Covid-19

Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) vs. AltFi products – how do they compare?

The CBILS, CLBILS and BBLS all came to an end on 31 March 2021. Launching on 6 April, The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) is the much anticipated replacement. But is it the best option on the lending market, and how does it compare to the other alt-fi products out there?

29 Mar 2021

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