This week, HSBC launched its most ambitious package of support for Liverpool and Cheshire’s small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), including a £150 million SME fund, one of more than 40 funds to support smaller firms across the country.
The newly announced fund is HSBC’s largest yet – £50 million more than last year’s successful SME fund. The funds are immediately available to SMEs in Liverpool and Cheshire.
To make it easier and cheaper to borrow, arrangement and HSBC security fees on qualifying business loans worth between £1,000 and £300,000 will be waived or refunded through to the end of July. This could save the average small businesshundreds of pounds on borrowing costs.
Barry Millar, Area Director of Business Banking in Liverpool and Cheshire, said:
“Today we are announcing our largest ever package of support for SMEs in Liverpool and Cheshire including a £150 million fund for lending and a promotion designed to make it cheaper and simpler to access funding. SMEs in Liverpool and Cheshire are ambitious and we are open for business and ready to help them invest to grow.
“Too often I hear customers say they weren’t aware just how closely HSBC works with SMEs and start-ups in Liverpool and Cheshire. We want to change that perception and reaffirm our commitment to businesses of all sizes.”
Ian Stuart, Head of HSBC’s UK Commercial Bank, said:
“We’re hugely proud of our unique international network, but it’s vital that businesses across the country, from start-ups and sole traders upwards, know that HSBC is there to support them. We currently approve more than 85 per cent of loans, and our net lending to business is up in 2015 – but we want to do even more. This fund is an aspiration, not a limit, on our ambitions, and removing fees from our business loans could save hundreds of pounds for the average firm.”
HSBC’s package of support is available to all Liverpool and Cheshire SMEs and includes a £150 million fund for lending to SMEs in Liverpool and Cheshire, reduced banking costs and 18 months of fee-free business banking for start-ups.