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Learn how other UK businesses have used external finance to reach their ambition

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NQ64 are a chain of unique bars across the country offering a range of specialist beers and cocktails which can be enjoyed by customers while playing a range of retro arcade games and consoles.

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Bare Kind

The COVID-19 lockdowns drove this one-woman business to shut down altogether. With her income completely dried up, the owner, Lucy, sought help via the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) so she could move the operation fully online and market her products more widely.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)


Used to running her business as a one-woman operation, Osmology founder Elizabeth Drew was looking to take on her first employee when COVID-19 hit.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Made Bare

As a self-employed, one-woman band whose company was still new, chemistry teacher Lisa Hogg didn’t qualify for any grants that would help her weather the coronavirus pandemic. Seeing her sales decline, and needing to sustain the business, she applied to the <a href=''>Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) </a>for support.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Make Up Or Break Up

Having grown from little more than a market stall in 2014 to an almost £1m-a-year business in 2020, the future was looking bright for this eco-friendly glitter supplier. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the business faced sudden financial trouble, having spent much of its working capital on stock it now couldn’t sell. Furloughing staff and depending solely on its dwindling overdraft, the business applied to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) for support.