Lenders approve £31bn through COVID loan schemes


Lenders had provided £21.3bn through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), a rise of £2.8 billion over the past week

According to figures published by HM Treasury, the banking and finance sector has so far approved over £31.3bn in loans to over 745,000 businesses through government-backed COVID loan schemes.

Over £3.8bn has been provided to 94,000 organisations in the past week alone.

In comparison, the ten largest banking groups provided an average of 275,000 loans and overdrafts in total each year to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK over the past five years.

As of 31 May, lenders had provided £21.3bn through the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), an increase of £2.8 billion over the past week.

More than 91,000 applications to COVID loan schemes were approved in the past week.

Lenders have approved £8.9bn to almost 46,000 businesses through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), an increase of over £750m since data was last published.

The number of businesses that received financial support through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), increased by 191, totalling just over £1.1bn.

Stephen Jones, chief executive of UK Finance, said: “These figures show that the banking and finance sector is committed to playing its part in helping businesses across the UK through these tough times”.

Stephen said, the amount of support available to firms affected by the COVID-19 crisis is unparalleled.

Over £31bn has been approved in government-backed lending schemes so far to almost 750,000 businesses, with a further £19bn drawn under bank-arranged commercial paper facilities.

Stephen said, but government-backed loans are not the only support the banking and finance sector has made available.

Over the last few months, lenders have put in place a clear plan to support businesses in every region of the country, including through offering extended overdrafts, capital repayment holidays and asset-based finance to businesses that need support.

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.