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Support for businesses – January 2021

Find out more about the range of measures that have been introduced to support businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic.

To help our valued community of borrowers, we have produced guides to download in an easy-to-use format. These contain details of schemes such as government-backed loans, job support and rates relief, with the content tailored for businesses in:


We will update these guides as more information becomes available, so please visit the LendingCrowd blog regularly to keep up with developments. If you are not a LendingCrowd borrower, please feel free to use and share these guides if they help.

Government support measures
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the UK Government has set out a number of measures aimed at supporting businesses through the outbreak. Find out more on the UK Government website.

Businesses in Scotland can also find a wide range of information and guidance at

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) can provide loans from £50,001 to £5 million for small and medium-sized businesses across the UK. The loans are interest free for the first 12 months. CBILS closes at the end of March 2021, so be aware of this deadline if you are considering applying for a loan scheme.

LendingCrowd has been accredited as a CBILS lender and can offer loans from £50,001 to £250,000, with terms of either three years or five years. Find out more about CBILS loans from LendingCrowd.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
This has been extended until 30 April 2021. The UK Government will pay part of the salaries of employees who would otherwise have been laid off due to Covid-19. Employers can bring furloughed staff back to work part-time and claim support for the hours not worked. The UK Government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will pay pension contributions and employer National Insurance Contributions.

LendingCrowd cannot provide legal or financial advice. If you need advice from a Chartered Account, you can find one via the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

The Federation of Small Businesses is also a valuable source of information.

Contact LendingCrowd
The entire LendingCrowd team is working tirelessly to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your business.

If you have any questions, please email or call 0345 564 1600.

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Gareth Mackie

Gareth Mackie

If you invest through LendingCrowd you should understand that your capital is at risk.

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