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三级成人视频The British Business Bank has drafted in more lenders in a bid to speed up the delivery of emergency coronavirus loans to the UK’s smaller companies fighting for survival.

三级成人视频The state-owned development bank, which is administering the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), has approved three challenger banks - Oaknorth, Starling and Cynergy - as well as the Co-operative Bank to extend the reach of the support.

三级成人视频The move follows frustration over the speed of access to the scheme unveiled by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in March. According to the latest figures, 2,500 firms have been granted £453m in loans so far through CBILS, which targets firms of up to £45m in turnover with loans of up to £5m.

Some challenger banks such as OakNorth have been left on the sidelines until now三级成人视频 despite boasting machine-learning algorithms, which it claims gives it the ability to turn around loan applications far more quickly than traditional lenders.

三级成人视频Keith Morgan, chief executive of the BBB, said the quartet would help meet the “incredible demand” from small businesses. He said: “These new lenders will be able to deploy vital funding and get additional finance flowing to smaller businesses across the UK as quickly as possible.”

三级成人视频The BBB is yet to confirm when the new banks will be able to receive applications but Starling expects it to be “days rather than weeks”. 

三级成人视频Helen Bierton, Starling’s chief banking officer, said: “Business owners who have poured their heart and soul, not to mention their life savings, into successful enterprises are crying out for help. The important thing now is to get money into their hands.”