Written by revel accountants on 20th April 2020 in COVID-19 Uncategorised

Two schemes for innovative firms have been announced today by the Chancellor (20 April 2020)

1. The Future Fund Scheme
This scheme is not available yet.
It will launch in May 2020. It is designed for innovative high growth start up companies that cannot access monies through The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), that have to date raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third-party investors in the last 5 years, and have a substantive economic presence in the UK.

The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

The scheme will be delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank.

The headline terms setting out the main features expected to apply to the loans can be found here.

Eligibility

You’re eligible if your business:

  • is based in the UK
  • can attract the equivalent match funding from third-party private investors and institutions
  • has previously raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third-party investors in the last 5 years

Full eligibility criteria will be published shortly.

This post has been take directly from HMRC guidance published today on 20 April 2020.

2. Innovate UK’s grants and loan scheme

The £750 million of support for the most R&D intensive small and medium size firms will be available through Innovate UK’s grants and loan scheme.

Innovate UK, the national innovation agency, will accelerate up to £200 million of grant and loan payments for its 2,500 existing Innovate UK customers on an opt-in basis. An extra £550 million will also be made available to increase support for existing customers and £175,000 of support will be offered to around 1,200 firms not currently in receipt of Innovate UK funding. The first payments will be made by mid-May. Further details are awaited.

If you are new to Revel and are keen to find out more, please call our consultant Will Bolter FCCA MAAT ATT  (our designated COVID-19 response advisor) on 07379 451484 or contact us by email here.