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Judith Hartley Appointed CEO, British Business Investments

Judith Hartley has been appointed CEO of British Business Investments, which is one of the British Business Bank’s commercial subsidiaries. Judith Hartley, who was appointed acting CEO of British Patient Capital and British Business Investments in September 2020, will “take up the permanent role of… Read More

Covid Born Recovery Loan Scheme Extended to Aid UK SMEs

Today, the UK government has announced that the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), launched in April 2021 to help businesses counter the COVID crippled economy, will be extended for a further two years. Originally set to end last December, during the Autumn Budget the government extended… Read More

British Business Bank: Small Business Equity Tracker Shows 88% Increase in 2021

The British Business Bank has shared the results of its annual Small Business Equity Tracker and the numbers for 2021 appear pretty strong. The Equity Tracker uses data from Beauhurst on publicly announced equity deals into UK SMEs. According to the Bank, equity investments in… Read More

British Business Bank: COVID Schemes Saved 500,000 to 2.9 Million Jobs

The British Business Bank is distributing an “Evaluation Report” on the impact of the COVID loan guarantees that indicates 150,000 to 500,000 businesses were saved and between 500,000 to 2.9 million jobs were maintained. The report was authored by London Economics and Ipsos. The document… Read More

Louis Taylor will Become British Business Bank CEO in October

Louis Taylor will take over the reins of the British Business Bank as its new CEO beginning on October 1, 2022. The Bank is the UK’s economic development bank. Taylor is currently CEO of UK Export Finance, the UK government’s export credit agency. Before joining… Read More

Recovery Loan Scheme Surpasses £1 Billion Lending Mark

The British Business Bank this week announced the Recovery Loan Scheme has passed a significant milestone, with 76 accredited lenders having offered more than £1bn to smaller UK businesses. Of the £1.06 billion of funding offered through 6,190 facilities so far, £822.8m has been drawn… Read More

Familiarity Breeds More Investment in UK Businesses: BBB Report

While more than 40 per cent of businesses in the United Kingdom have accessed external finance this year, the economic impact could be far greater, the British Business Bank’s first annual Regions and Nations Tracker reveals. The problems begin with a lack of local investors… 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

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

Assetz Capital is First Property Marketplace to Receive Funding from British Business Investments

Assetz Capital has received £15 million in funding from British Business Investments (BBI). According to Assetz Capital, this is the first time a property-focused marketplace has received funding from BBI, a subsidiary of the British Business Bank. Assetz Capital states that the funding will support… Read More

British Business Bank Investments Ltd Invests £18M in Praetura Asset Finance

British Business Bank Investments Ltd, the commercial arm of the British Business Bank, today announced an £18M investment in Blackburn and Manchester-based Praetura Asset Finance. The investment, comprising £15M of matched funding and an additional £3m of expansion capital, will support at least £36M of smaller… Read More

British Business Bank Investments Ltd Appoints Catherine Lewis La Torre As New CEO

British Business Bank Investments Ltd., the commercial arm of the British Business Bank, announced that it has appointed Catherine Lewis La Torres as its new CEO. Lewis La Torre joins the company from Cardano and has over thirty years’ experience in the private equity industry focused on investing in the… Read More

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