COVID-19 and your business

We understand that this is a worrying time for many businesses and we want to assure you that we’re here to help in any way we can. We're pulling together articles, how-tos and Government advice into one handy place to help you keep your business going.

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How to recession-proof your business: practical advice for business owners. We cover five key things you can do right now to ensure that your business not only survives, but thrives, as a global recession seems increasingly likely.

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How to recession-proof your business: practical advice for business owners

We cover five key things you can do right now to ensure that your business not only survives, but thrives, as a global recession seems increasingly likely.

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How to prepare your business for 4 July restriction changes

With the green light to get back to business from 4 July, we take a look at some of the obstacles SMEs could be facing and how to overcome them.

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Survey: are business owners feeling a loss of control or are we reaching a new dawn of optimism as lockdown lifts?

We surveyed over 2000 UK business owners across every industry about how they feel in the current climate. Let's take a look at the results.

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UK businesses owed £133b since lockdown, urgent need for funding to plug cash flow gap

UK businesses are returning to work with some trepidation as 90% continue to wait to be paid an average of £148,917 for work completed back in March.

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What to expect from commercial rent contracts after COVID-19

What long-term effects will we see on commercial renting? Is this as an opportunity to rethink and rebuild the most functional and productive workspace?

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Is the future of work at home, the office or both? A look at the short-term, long-term and post-coronavirus workplace

We explore the possibilities as businesses across the UK start making tough decisions about whether to return to the office - now, sometime soon or at all.

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How to handle your holiday policy as lockdown lifts: a look at the key considerations for businesses

Tips for how business owners can strike a balance between everyone going on holiday at the same time, or no one taking leave and burning out as a result.

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Furlough scheme updates: what's new with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

We take a look at the most recent changes to the furlough scheme and what they mean to your bottom line – along with how to balance necessary redundancies.

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How to apply for CBILS funding: a step-by-step guide for businesses

Everything you need to know from the CBILS funding solutions available and how they work to whether your business is eligible and how to apply right now.

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Which coronavirus government support schemes can be combined?

We take a look at the CBILS, BBLS, Future Fund plus various Government Support Grants, explaining which of these schemes can be combined – and which can't.

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What can you do now to encourage pre-pandemic customers to return after lockdown?

We take a deep dive into six different ways to reinforce trust in your business and encourage your existing customer base to return when they can.

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Taking Stock | Vodcast interview series with Anil Stocker

Taking Stock is a vodcast series hosted by Anil Stocker, Co-founder and CEO of MarketFinance. He talks to ambitious business leaders as well as key people from the investment, advisory, and governmental ecosystem to better understand how our British businesses are overcoming challenges such as COVID-19, and hoping to flourish despite the downturn.

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Planning your next fundraise: are investors looking to invest during lockdown?

Investors will of course be more cautious, but that doesn't mean they're not looking to invest. Here’s how to get the most out of your next funding round.

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The Future Fund is live! Here's everything you need to know.

We cover everything from what The Future Fund is and how it works to who is eligible, how to apply and what fine print you should be looking out for.

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The Future Fund explained: everything businesses need to know

We look at what the Future Fund is, how it works and who can apply. We also explore some of the criticisms causing a stir in the UK startup community.

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MarketFinance approved for accreditation for CBILS to support UK businesses

MarketFinance has been accredited by the British Business Bank as a lender under the government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

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CBILS accredited: we're proud to be supporting SMEs through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Here's a look at what the CBILS is all about, the funding solutions MarketFinance will offer through the scheme and which businesses are eligible to apply.

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The Bounce Back Loan Scheme explained

What exactly is the BBLS? How does the scheme compare to the CBILS and where do businesses apply? We cover all of this and more.

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Life after lockdown: planning long-term when the future feels short-term

We’re reaching a moment where ‘normal’ is coming back into (albeit still distant) view. Here's what you should be thinking about to get your business ready.

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How to win new business during lockdown

Winning new business during lockdown might not be easy but there are things you could be doing to pad out your thinning client list. These are our top tips.

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Life after lockdown: what can we learn from the beginnings of economic recovery in China?

We take a look at the post-lockdown landscape in China and what UK businesses can learn from its economic recovery so far.

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Webinar | Invoice Finance: perfect for when COVID-19 lockdown lifts?

In this webinar, Capitalise CEO Paul Surtees joins Chris Findlow and Dave Potter from MarketFinance alongside Richard Pepler from Optimum SME Finance Limited to explore the nitty-gritty of invoice financing. Is it the best debt product out there today?

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MarketFinance acts to plug £20b cash flow gap from CJRS furlough payroll strain

The fintech business lender has stepped in to help SMEs bridge the gap between paying furloughed staff and waiting for their CJRS claims to be paid by HMRC.

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Creative agencies feel the pinch as 72% of UK businesses cut marketing budgets

The UK’s creative agencies are facing mounting challenges as their clients, big and small, slash marketing budgets and freeze current spend.

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Weathering the COVID-19 storm: should your business pivot?

Maybe, but don't pivot for the sake of it. Here's how to figure out when it's time to change tack and when it's actually better to hold your ground.

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Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund

This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Government advice: Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures.

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Government advice: furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March

Thousands more employees will able to receive support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) after the eligibility date was extended to 19 March 2020, the government announced today.

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Cushioning the impact of COVID-19: how to negotiate a rent reduction or payment delay

The rent on a commercial property is a huge cost, but it's one that you may be able to cut. Here's how to negotiate a win-win solution with your landlord.

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UK manufacturers need £650m in April to survive 2020

Over two thirds of manufacturers reported that their order books have halved in the last 30 days and 67% said they have less than £50,000 cash.

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On lockdown but open for business: finding new ways to network

Can you really strengthen and expand your professional network remotely? Definitely. Here's what you should be doing right now.

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The CBILS: what changed on 3 April?

We take a closer look at the CBILS updates announced by Rishi Sunak last week to address concerns regarding speed of funding and security requirements.

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On lockdown but open for business: looking after employee morale

Work performance is linked to emotional wellbeing, so keeping up team morale is crucial. Here's how to foster positivity and motivation while we all #WFH.

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On lockdown but open for business: preserving company culture

There’s more to remote working than simply running day-to-day operations. Now, more than ever, we must do everything we can to keep company culture alive.

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The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

How does the CBILS work? Who is eligible and how do they apply? What do SMEs think of the CBILS? We answer all of these questions and more.

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: furlough guidance

ICAEW examines the new furlough guidance and provides helpful scenarios and illustrations for how the scheme will work.

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Government loans only appeal to half of businesses

Despite measures announced by the Treasury, 67% of SMEs believe funds won't reach them in time and they'll run out of cash before Easter, says new research.

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Webinar | COVID-19 financial advice questions answered

In this webinar, we were joined by chartered accountant Bobby Lane to answer financial questions from our customers on how COVID-19 will affect their business.

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Productivity: on lockdown but open for business

The UK might be on lockdown but, for many businesses, the show must go on. Here's what you can do right now to keep your day-to-day operations on track.

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Cash flow contingency planning: why speed is crucial

Businesses the world over are feeling the effects of COVID-19. The Treasury had to act quickly to lighten the economic burden. Here’s why you should too.

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Rishi Sunak boosts UK business

Sunak has doubled down on subsidised loans and provided direct cash payments to UK businesses, focussing on the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors.

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Budget 2020 summary: The SME perspective

We take a look at the big picture and key Budget 2020 takeaways for SMEs including economic growth, business rates, entrepreneur's relief and more.

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SMEs: 69% facing cash flow strains from Coronavirus

This is down to paying for supplies earlier than anticipated because of coronavirus-related stockpiling and fears of disruptions to transport linkages.

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Disaster management for SMEs

Find out what the top four threats are to small businesses in the UK and get practical tips for how you can start preparing for them today.

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Coronavirus: How to apply for government business support

The BBC breaks down the Business Interruption Loan Scheme

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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

CBILS summary from the British Business Bank

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Government advice: support for businesses

Information on the package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

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Government advice: guidance for UK businesses trading internationally

Advice for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus.

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