How we're supporting British businesses, from entrepreneurs to SMEs impacted by coronavirus.

Lloyds Banking Group
18 March 2021
4 min read

In January 2020 we reiterated our pledge to support British businesses by once again committing to lend up to £18 billion in 2020.

As the impact of coronavirus emerged, we committed to support businesses with our own £2 billion COVID-19 fund, which saw us grant more than 50,000 repayment holidays and overdraft extensions to businesses. 


£31 billion

total lending to businesses in 2020

311,000

businesses supported through CBIL funding


We were also an active supporter of the government schemes to help businesses through any interruptions they faced, providing additional finance facilities to those businesses who needed them.

This included providing support to 311,000 businesses affected by coronavirus interruption, lending them £11.7 billion through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

As a result we finished the year lending £31 billion in total to businesses in 2020.

 

The Big Conversation

At the end of 2020, we launched The Big Conversation: Helping Britain Recover, a programme of 22 virtual events which brought together more than 900 businesses, community members, policy makers and subject-matter experts across the UK’s nations and regions to explore how we can help Britain recover.

The Big Conversation report

We were swift to respond to changes and created the Bounce Bank Loan Top Up product in just seven working days.

To ensure our clients were kept informed, we launched a COVID-19 support site for our clients on Lloyds Bank.com and proactively contacted 60,000 businesses to ensure they understood their options to borrow more, delay or begin debt repayment, as they managed the impact of both coronavirus and Brexit.

An interactive PDF was produced, providing guidance to businesses on preparing for a short-term cash flow forecast, how to collaborate with other businesses and how to come up with a new revenue stream.

Further guidance was provided through Lloyds Bank online webinars covering topics such as: leading and collaborating using digital tools, surviving and thriving in the online world, corporate risk management in uncertain times, optimising working capital in a time of coronavirus, and financing your business in uncertain times.

We also invested over £5 million in supporting over 230 businesses and 450 apprentices to develop STEM skills that will support the UK’s recovery.

Discover businesses we've helped by sector

Supporting health care

We supported the health care sector by providing £400 million of new borrowing to this key segment.

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Supporting manufacturing

In 2020 we delivered £1.11 billion gross in new lending to support the manufacturing sector, beating our £1 billion annual lending commitment for the year.
 

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Supporting agriculture

We provided £431.6 million of drawn lending to agricultural businesses across Britain in 2020.

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Supporting Black-led businesses

Alongside our own Race Action Plan, in December 2020 we broadened our plan to go further and work beyond our own internal boundaries by actively supporting Black communities through our partnership with Foundervine and the Black Business Network.
 

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Supporting sustainable businesses

In 2020, we provided over £2.3 billion of green finance in Commercial Banking.

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Supporting trade

We shone light on the value international trade provides and released ‘A New World for Global British Business’ report which investigated trade diversion by Lloyds Bank and Aston Business school.
 

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Supporting education

We have provided £500 million of lending support to help Higher Education institutions through the impacts of coronavirus.
 

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Supporting housing

In 2020 we have provided more than £2.5 billion of new funding for the social housing sector.

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