Coronavirus support measures help every region and nation in the UK

  • new figures show government economic support is reaching every corner of the UK
  • businesses across the entire UK have received government-backed loans during outbreak – with more than 130,000 firms in devolved nations receiving £4.7 billion
  • data also shows that nearly 900,000 firms in England have benefitted from over £10 billion in business grants

Figures released by the Treasury show that more than 130,000 firms in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have benefitted from £4.7 billion of coronavirus support through the government’s Bounce Back Loan and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). This includes:

  • loans and support worth more than £2.3 billion have been given to more than 65,000 firms in Scotland since the outbreak
  • around 41,000 businesses in Wales have received more than £1.4 billion in finance
  • and more than 25,000 businesses in Northern Ireland have received over £1 billion

The figures also show that businesses up and down England have also benefitted from more than £10 billion in business grants, with equivalent funding being made available to the nations through the Barnett formula.

  • more than 102,000 business properties in Yorkshire and the Humber received £1.1 billion in grants since the pandemic
  • alongside 119,000 grants made in the South West, to the value of £1.3 billion
  • and 131,000 business properties in the North West receiving over £1.5 billion in support

Loan schemes, grants and business rates holidays have supported businesses across all sectors. But the retail, construction and hospitality sectors, including hotels and restaurants, have benefitted the most.

17% of loans went to the construction sector, and all retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses benefitted from a 100% business rates holiday – demonstrating how government support helped those businesses that were impacted hardest by the pandemic.

Ahead of a visit to Scotland to see the impact of the government support schemes and meet people who have benefitted, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

I recently set out the government’s next steps towards economic recovery and securing the UK’s long-term prosperity in our Plan for Jobs.

As we embark on this next phase, the latest figures demonstrate that we are continuing to support jobs, incomes, and businesses across every corner of the UK.

As well as loan schemes, grants and businesses rates holiday, around a third of employees in every region benefitted from the furlough scheme, in addition to support through the self-employed income support scheme, as the government moved quickly to support businesses across the whole country to protect jobs. This is part of a package of over £50 billion in loans, £11 billion in grants, and 9.5 million people furloughed.

The Chancellor set out his Plan for Jobs last month, which will support jobs with the Job Retention Bonus to help businesses keep furloughed workers, and expand Worksearch Support including a Flexible Support Fund and a £2 billion Kickstart scheme to subsidise jobs for young people

The government is also creating jobs in the construction and housing sectors through funding to decarbonise public sector buildings, and protecting jobs with VAT cuts for hospitality and tourism, as well as the Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme. These schemes are union-wide, and support key industries across the whole of the UK.

This comes in addition to the government’s recent announcement that the devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will receive a minimum of £3.6 billion in additional funding this year, on top of the £8.9billion confirmed since March to support the coronavirus recovery.

Stephen Pegge, Managing Director of Commercial Finance at UK Finance, said:

Lenders understand that times are tough for businesses up and down the country, but the industry has a clear plan to help them get through this crisis. Whether you’re a sole trader in a rural area or a company with hundreds of employees in a major city, the banking and finance industry stands ready to offer the right support to suit your needs and these figures demonstrate that funding is well distributed throughout the UK.

Businesses should remember that any lending provided under government-backed schemes is a loan not a grant, and so should carefully consider their ability to repay before applying.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

Our unprecedented package of support has helped firms of all sizes, in all sectors, and in every corner of our United Kingdom.

Today’s data shows just how big an impact our measures have had, providing breathing space for millions of businesses, safeguarding jobs and protecting people’s incomes.

As we bounce back from the pandemic, we will continue to prioritise jobs and skills, while placing the environment at the heart of our recovery.

Further information

Breakdown of facilities offered by region – CBILS

Region Value of facilities offered (£m) Number of facilities offered Proportion of facilities Proportion of UK Business Population*
East Midlands 776,952,806 3,325 7% 6%
East of England 1,020,035,597 4,669 11% 10%
London 2,001,937,526 7,790 17% 19%
North East 263,944,238 1,233 3% 3%
North West 1,129,802,539 4,699 10% 10%
Northern Ireland 237,817,722 836 2% 2%
Scotland 587,638,410 2,693 5% 6%
South East 1,585,052,125 7,376 16% 16%
South West 927,187,748 4,283 9% 10%
Wales 303,205,680 1,391 3% 4%
West Midlands 871,365,361 3,770 9% 8%
Yorkshire and The Humber 741,647,567 3,419 8% 7%
Unknown 39,998,100 137 0% 0%

Breakdown of loans offered by region – BBLS

Region Value of loans under BBLS offered (£) Number of BBL loans offered % of total loans % of business population*
East Midlands 1,982,958,564 67,515 6% 6%
East of England 3,060,902,628 100,476 10% 10%
London 6,983,181,564 210,102 20% 19%
North East 939,452,112 33,651 3% 3%
North West 3,338,019,322 112,444 11% 10%
Northern Ireland 809,032,542 25,491 2% 2%
Scotland 1,844,452,115 63,649 6% 6%
South East 4,347,184,714 144,152 14% 16%
South West 2,408,463,217 84,593 8% 10%
Wales 1,115,836,982 40,195 4% 4%
West Midlands 2,593,303,126 84,773 8% 8%
Yorkshire & the Humber 2,185,143,320 73,962 7% 7%
Unknown 51,761,340 1,665 0% 0%
  • Source: British Business Bank
  • *Source:
  • Offered figures published by the British Business Bank may differ from aggregate approved figures published by HM Treasury due to a time lag between the two data sources, and since some borrowers may decide not to proceed with an approved application.
  • Sectoral breakdowns for the loans scheme can be found on the British Business Bank’s website here.
  • Details on geographic and sectoral split for the CJRS and SEISS schemes can be found here.

Business Grants

Region Small Business Grant Fund number of grants paid Small Business Grant Fund value of grants paid Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund number of grants paid Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund value of grants paid Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund number of grants paid Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund value of grants paid
South East 86,751 867,510,000 37,493 705,210,000 6,540 45,532,451
North West 99,153 991,530,000 26,100 471,215,000 6,632 42,190,626
East Midlands 59,470 594,700,000 15,669 285,765,000 3,319 23,498,080
East of England 68,475 684,750,000 25,012 454,455,000 4,043 25,537,623
London 60,272 602,720,000 39,732 870,295,000 1,908 10,335,262
Yorkshire and The Humber 80,122 801,220,000 19,386 353,910,000 3,383 20,819,273
South West 84,296 842,960,000 27,380 485,290,000 7,329 45,230,611
West Midlands 69,430 694,300,000 19,802 361,645,000 2,845 16,156,526
North East 33,997 339,970,000 8,971 153,850,000 1,428 8,918,500
  • The data provided are based on the latest estimates for these grants by parliamentary constituency and local authority as at 5 July 2020.
  • The data are self-reported by local authorities. Although some quality assurance has been carried out, it has not been possible to carry out full verification of the data provided.
  • Data presented here may differ from data on grants provided by local authorities previously published by local authority as at 5 July for various reasons. For example, where a hereditament is on a boundary and not identified as being within a local authority by the postcode look up file, it is excluded from the constituency figures. A full reconciliation exercise will take place at the end of the schemes. In the meantime, these figures should be regarded as provisional.
  • Business grants are England-only, but are Barnetted.

See more statistics on coronavirus funding for businesses and self employed people here.


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