Support from Bank of Scotland for the flood-affected

Support from Bank of Scotland for the flood-affected

Lloyds Banking Group has announced a £100m fund to waive arrangement fees on lending across areas affected by Storm Desmond, as part of a range of measures for small businesses and farmers affected by the floods.

The fund is now open, and businesses can apply through the network of Bank of Scotland branches and business centres.

The fund is designed to support the working capital needs of small businesses and farmers in the affected areas and will allow them to apply for lending free of arrangement fees, to help with cashflow shortages caused by the floods.

This support package will help businesses manage their way through the current conditions, for example by helping farmers fund food and shelter for livestock or small businesses to pay employees whilst they get their businesses up and running again.

Graham Blair, area director, SME Banking Scotland, Bank of Scotland commenting on the support packages launched today said: “We know how critical it will be for businesses affected by the floods to receive support with their cashflow, to help them through interruptions to their business, or to provide additional working capital to repair damage caused by Storm Desmond.”

Jen Tippin, managing director, Retail Business Banking, said: “Small businesses don’t normally have the cash reserves that larger businesses do, so any interruption to their cashflow can have a significant impact on their ability to survive. By supporting our small business customers during this difficult time, we hope we can help as many businesses as possible to get back on an even keel as quickly as possible and to continue trading during the busy Christmas period.”

In addition, the Group’s General Insurance business has redeployed specialist staff and sent its emergency response unit to affected areas, to help customers with their insurance claims and to offer practical support on the ground.