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New UK Innovation Strategy to Cement the Nation’s Position as a Leader in Science, Research, Innovation: Report

Updated plans to put the United Kingdom at the front of the global innovation race have been shared by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the UK Research and Innovation unit as well as other organizations and individuals. Released on July 22, 2021,… Read More

Future Fund: Breakthrough – Now Open for Applications

The Future Fund: Breakthrough, opens today for applications.  The new programme was revealed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, during the budget speech this past spring. The £375 million scheme is designed to encourage private investors to co-invest with the government in high-growth… Read More

British Business Bank Posts Data on COVID Relief Loans: £79.3 Billion Distributed

The British Business Bank has published final data on the COVID relief programs that saw £79.3 billion in government-backed loans distributed to 1.67 million businesses. The UK government created multiple lending schemes designed to support businesses impacted by the Coronavirus. Both traditional financial services firms,… Read More

UK’s Starling Bank Accredited by British Business Bank as Lender Under Recovery Loan Scheme

UK-based digital bank Starling has been accredited by the British Business Bank as a lender under the government-backed Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), which is the successor to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). Starling had previously been approved as a lender under the initial… Read More

Mouro Capital: UK Venture Capital Concern About Government Dominance Unfounded

Manuel Silva Martinez, General Partner at Mouro Capital, says that concerns about the UK venture capital industry is entirely unfounded. In the UK, venture firms are the most common equity investors in early-stage UK companies. VCs top both investment crowdfunding platforms as well as individual… Read More

British Business Bank: Recovery Loan Scheme Open for Applications

The Recovery Loan Scheme is now open for application. Administered by the British Business Bank, this is a new scheme to support access to finance for UK businesses as they turn the corner on the COVID-19 health crisis. The scheme, announced at the Budget on… Read More

British Business Bank Reports that 1.63 Million Loans Have Delivered £75.1 Billion for Firms Impacted by COVID-19

Last week, the British Business Bank updated on progress pertaining to loans given to UK firms impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Originated under several government programs designed to support businesses during a difficult time, the Bank said that 1,630,155 government-guaranteed loans worth £75.1… Read More

Patient Capital: UK Institutional Investors are Missing Out on Value Created by UK High-Growth Companies

Judith Hartley, CEO of British Patient Capital, has distributed feedback on the just-published British Business Bank Small Business Finance Markets Report. Hartley believes that while unicorns are an indicator of success that many firms never achieve unicorn status yet still deliver strong returns. Hartley says… Read More

British Business Bank Report Shows Surge in SME Lending, 89% in 2020 Accessed Credit Due to COVID-19

The British Business Bank reports a surge in SME lending with 89% of businesses seeking funding in 2020 because of Covid-19. The Bank’s Small Business Finance Markets report states that 45% of SMEs surveyed applied for financing in 2020 in contrast to just 13% in… Read More

British Business Bank Provides More Info on Recovery Loan Scheme and Future Fund Following Budget Announcement

The British Business Bank has distributed a response following the Budget presentation by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunik. The Bank has been a key factor in supporting UK businesses as it has managed a series of programs designed to backstop the economy. Within… Read More

Resolution Foundation Warns UK Government on Creating Zombie Firms, Conister Responds Saying BBLS and CBILS Kept Firms Alive

Earlier today, the Resolution Foundation published a report called On firm ground? The impact of Covid-19 on firms and what policymakers should do in response. The report seeks to assess the current state of corporates while setting out priorities for policymakers to allow enable firms… Read More

Former Crowdfunding Platform Syndicate Room Receives £10 Million Commitment from British Business Bank for Investments

British Business Investments has committed £10 million to Syndicate Room. British Business Investments is a subsidiary of the British Business Bank. Syndicate Room was previously an investment crowdfunding platform that has since migrated to a fund model. According to a noted from Syndicate Room, the… Read More

British Business Bank Publishes Data on Future Fund

The British Business Bank has published Future Fund data on the 971 companies that have been approved for £975.5 million worth of Convertible Loan Agreements since launch last May. The Future Fund is designed to support early-stage ventures that typically do not have the capacity… Read More

UK Chancellor Extends COVID Loan Schemes, Over 1.5 million UK Businesses Supported So Far

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has extended the government-guaranteed Covid-19 business loan schemes until the end of March. The announcement was joined by confirmation that the furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021. The Chancellor said: “Our package of… Read More

British Business Bank Says BBLS Open for Top Ups for Eligible Firms

The British Business Bank has distributed a note indicating that from today, participating lenders in the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) are able to offer smaller businesses across the UK a ‘top-up’ to their existing loan if they originally borrowed less than the maximum amount… Read More

Online SME Lender Funding Circle Acquires £30 Million from British Business Investments

Funding Circle (LSE: FCH), an SME lender that facilitates loans in both the US and parts of Europe, has acquired £30 million in capital from British Business Investments. British Business Investments operates as a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank. Funding Circle plans to… Read More

British Patient Capital Says it Continues to Deliver on its Business Plan

British Patient Capital (BPC), a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of British Business Bank plc, the UK government’s economic development bank, says it is deliverying strong results corresponding to its business plan. BPC believes that the advent of COVID-19 will drive a wave of “tranformative” innovation. According… Read More

The British Business Bank Commits Additional £25 Million to Assetz Capital for CBILS

Assetz Capital, a peer to peer lender that originates secured loans, has received an additional £25 million from the British Business Bank for the UK Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). In March, Assetz Capital received £15 million from the British Business Bank to help… Read More

British Business Bank Provides Updated Future Fund Diversity Data

The Future Fund is a COVID support program for early-stage firms. The Fund provides access to capital to younger firms that do not qualify for other COVID support schemes. In brief, it is a matching program with the UK government will invest in convertible securities… Read More

British Business Bank Comments on Bounce Back Loans and NAO Investigation

The  British Business Bank has issued a response to a review by the National Audit Office Investigation into the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS).  The British Business Bank notes that the report highlights that the Bounce Back Loan scheme has succeeded in quickly supporting smaller… Read More

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