Barclays launches new fund to help SME exporters through Brexit
04 April 2019
Barclays has announced a £14bn* lending fund as part of a series of initiatives to help SMEs to succeed and flourish through Brexit and beyond.
Focused on building SME resilience during uncertain times, the package of support includes:
- A £14bn* dedicated lending fund for the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK economy (turnover of £0-£25 million)
- More than 100 SME Brexit clinics and seminars being run in local communities across the country
- An established network of on-the-ground relationship management experts and industry specialists, based across the UK
These initiatives are designed to help SMEs think about managing cash-flow and working capital, exporting goods abroad, labour, supply chain management, and broader issues of preparedness.
Launching the fund, Group CEO Jes Staley, said:
“Barclays stands ready to help local businesses in towns, cities and rural communities, up and down the country, during this period of uncertainty. Today’s £14bn* fund, along with our broader package of support, shows our commitment to the local businesses that are the backbone of the UK economy – we are here to help them plan for the future and invest for growth.”
“It is the entrepreneurs, the farmers, the manufacturers, the house-builders, the new tech firms, and countless other businesses, that will help the country deal with – and capitalise on – this period of change. Barclays is here to help SMEs to do exactly that.”
The fund has already attracted interest from several businesses including raw material importers and manufacturers.
Glynn Richards of AEG Teachwall Limited, a Merseyside-based SME that imports aluminium and specialist engineering parts from China, said:
“Today’s commitment is reassuring for a business like ours. Despite some broader economic uncertainty, we’re keen to invest in new machinery in our main factory to keep on growing our business. With Barclays’ support on this front, I feel that we can invest with confidence, hire more people and hopefully expand across the North West and beyond."
More details on the lending fund, how to apply and Barclays’ broader range of support for SMEs can be found at: https://home.barclays/news/2019/04/sme-lending-fund/.
* The £14.7bn UK-wide fund is made up of £11.3bn from Barclays Bank UK PLC and £3.4bn from Barclays Bank PLC, and is a three-year commitment.