Coronavirus: Financial support for businesses

While much of the government financial support available to businesses during the coronavirus outbreak has now been withdrawn, some schemes are still operating. Read on for more information.

Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme helps give UK businesses ongoing access to finance as they recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme can be used for any legitimate business purpose, including managing cash flow, investment and growth. It is designed to appeal to businesses that can afford to take out additional debt finance for these purposes.

RLS is scheduled to run until 31 December 2021 (subject to review). It is available through a range of lenders and partners accredited by the British Business Bank.

For more information, and details on how to apply, visit our Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) page.

Recovery Loan Scheme

Pay As You Grow (PAYG)

PAYG enables businesses that have started repaying their Bounce Back Loans to:

  • request an extension of their loan term to 10 years from six years, at the same fixed interest rate of 2.5%
  • reduce their monthly repayments for six months by paying interest only – this option is available up to three times during the term of their Bounce Back Loan
  • take a repayment holiday for up to six months – this option is available once during the term of their Bounce Back Loan

As a borrower, you can use these options individually or in combination with each other. You remain responsible for repaying your Bounce Back Loan and fully liable for the debt.

Be aware that you’ll pay more interest overall if you use one or more of these options, and that the length of the loan will increase in line with any repayment holidays you take.

To learn more about these options, visit our Pay As You Grow (PAYG) page.

Pay As You Grow

Hospitality VAT rate

For businesses in hospitality, accommodation and attractions, the Government has reduced the VAT rate to 12.5%. This will apply until 31 March 2022.

For more information, visit GOV.UK.

Reference to any organisation, business and event on this page does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation from the British Business Bank or the UK Government. Whilst we make reasonable efforts to keep the information on this page up to date, we do not guarantee or warrant (implied or otherwise) that it is current, accurate or complete. The information is intended for general information purposes only and does not take into account your personal situation, nor does it constitute legal, financial, tax or other professional advice. You should always consider whether the information is applicable to your particular circumstances and, where appropriate, seek professional or specialist advice or support.

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Find coronavirus financial support for your business

The UK Government has created a simple business support finder to help businesses access the financial support available to them.

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