Early fears of a financial crisis for many SMEs in the UK

Purbeck Insurance Services, provider of the UK’s only Personal Guarantee Insurance solution has welcomed the Job Retention Bonus that was announced by the chancellor yesterday but fears this maybe too little too late for many small businesses in the UK as many are reaching the end of their cash reserves.

As small businesses in the UK start to bring staff back from furlough, Purbeck believes there will be a rising demand for loans to cover the costs of paying wage bills but unfortunately the access to this funding will increasingly depend on the UK business owner providing security in the form of a personal guarantee.

Todd Davison, MD of Purbeck Insurance Services said, “Lending to SMEs is going to be much more risk averse than they were prior to the pandemic.

“It is likely that new finance will be heavily dependent on a business owner’s willingness to sign a personal guarantee – effectively putting their personal assets on the line if the business fails.  After months of worry and uncertainty this is not what small businesses need. “However it is important business owners and directors understand that a personal guarantee doesn’t have to be a barrier to getting the finance they need.  Personal Guarantee Insurance can cut the risk, paying up to 80% of the outstanding loan amounts due if the business fails.” Purbeck has a growing customer base of small business owners across the UK and recently settled outstanding debts amounting to over £20,000 for an engineering design and toolmaking business based in Bristol. Unlike any other type of business insurance, the value of cover extends to mentoring and support services offered to customers in financial distress. Todd Davison, MD of Purbeck Insurance Services continues: “It is crucial firms seek expert advice regarding business loans from members of respected trade bodies such as NACFB or FIBA and investigate ways to mitigate the risks such as using Personal Guarantee Insurance. “In addition to insurance, there are a range of measures business owners should consider to cut the personal risk they are taking.  Signing a Personal Guarantee is never a decision to be taken lightly but as long as you mitigate the risks it should not be an insurmountable barrier to securing new finance.”

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