Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support for Businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support

Helping SMEs through the third national lockdown

The third national lockdown presents unprecedented challenges to public health and SME businesses

We appreciate that business owners may be concerned about the impact coronavirus will have on their businesses. We share those concerns and would like to work with business owners through the unsettling circumstances.

It’s times like this when our mission to support SME businesses and the communities they serve counts the most. Supporting SME businesses is our priority. We have introduced several products and means of support to help SME businesses through the coronavirus outbreak including CBILS, Revive and Thrive loans.

Safeguarding clients, referrers and our staff

Following the government's advice issued on 4 January 2021, our offices remain closed and all BEF staff are working remotely until further notice. We are still open to help businesses through the coronavirus outbreak. We will use online technology to complete virtual appointments and issue all loan documents electronically.

As you may appreciate, our telephone line is extremely busy at present. In light of this, we kindly ask you to read the following information to help you contact us in the most appropriate way.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

As an accredited CBILS delivery partner we can support eligible businesses with CBILS loans from £50,001 to £150,000. Apply now.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

We do not provide Bounce Back loans. For more information on the scheme please visit the British Business Bank website.

Revive and Thrive Loans

Available exclusively from BEF, the Revive loan provides up to £50,000 unsecured while the Thrive loan provides up to £250,000 secured.

Start Up Loans

We cobtinue to welcome new applications from start ups. We will work with new applicants to ensure they receive the best possible support during the coronavirus outbreak. Apply now

Additional Financial Support for Businesses

For further information on additional financial support, please visit the Government's COVID-19 Support for Businesses Guidance page.

Further Guidance for Employees, Employers and Business

Further coronavirus guidance for employees, employers and business is available on the Government's website.

General information

A comprehensive and detailed overview of the current restrictions and available support is available on the West & North Yorkshire Chamber website.