The Treasury has announced extensions of its business loan guarantee schemes until the end of March. The new round of funding from the Treasury covers the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Bounce-Back Loans Scheme and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Bounce-back loans carry a full guarantee from the Government for up to £50,000, while the other schemes have a guarantee that covers banks for about 80% of the value of the loan. Rain Newton-Smith, chief economist at the Confederation of British Industry, said that “with cashflow difficulties still at the forefront of the minds of many business owners, continued access to Government-backed loans through to spring will bring great comfort.” Looking ahead, she added: “In early 2021, businesses will likely need clarity about the level of support beyond the Spring to build a bridge to economic recovery."
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