The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) has provided invaluable support to businesses struggling with the effects of coronavirus, and the scheme continues to evolve. You may now be able to access a top-up if you didn’t take your full entitlement originally, and also request an extension to the loan term if necessary.
With businesses suffering financial distress due to compromised cash flow and extreme trading disruptions, the emergency cash from Bounce Back Loans has offered valuable flexibility and helped many businesses to avoid full insolvency.
Bounce Back Loans are unsecured and guaranteed by the government, which has encouraged lenders to sanction loans. Other significant features of the Bounce Back Loan Scheme also make it attractive to businesses impacted by coronavirus, including:
As you run a limited company, the money from your Bounce Back Loan belongs to the company as a separate entity. So how can you spend your company Bounce Back Loan, and is there any type of spending that isn’t permitted?
Although there are no detailed rules on how you can spend a Bounce Back Loan, it must be used for the ‘economic benefit’ of your business. You cannot spend it for personal purposes, and it’s highly advisable to keep written records of how it is spent, with invoices/receipts where appropriate.
If you consider your working capital needs– the general day-to-day outgoings that keep your company running – the loan could be extremely useful to prevent a slide into insolvency. Cash flow insolvency means you cannot pay bills as they fall due, and BBLS has been instrumental in helping businesses avoid this.
Here are a few areas where the money from a Bounce Back Loan can be spent:
As payroll is typically one of the highest outgoings for businesses, you could use your Bounce Back Loan to cover staff wages over the coming months.
Although a moratorium on the forfeiture of commercial leases has been in place, it’s due to come to an end on 31st March 2021. If the moratorium isn’t extended again, the money from your Bounce Back Loan could be used to pay rent arrears, perhaps in instalments by agreement with your landlord.
Paying supplier bills on time helps to keep the business running smoothly, and being on good terms with reliable suppliers is important for the longer-term when the immediate effects of the pandemic have reduced.
Again, business rates can constitute a large proportion of outgoings for many businesses, and although business rates relief has been available for some industries in England, a Bounce Back Loan can help you keep up with your liability.
Paying general utility bills, such as heat, light, and water, with the funds from a Bounce Back Loan ensures you can run your business without undue pressure from utility companies and the water authority.
For more information on the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, and how you can spend your Bounce Back Loan, please contact our expert team UK Liquidators to arrange a free, same-day consultation. We work from an extensive network of offices around the country, and can provide the reliable professional advice you need.
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