Purbeck Insurance Services Responds to the outcome of the U.K. General Election

“Labour needs to prioritise small business growth and funding”

5th July 2024: Todd Davison, MD of Purbeck Insurance Services says:

“We want to see Labour prioritising small business growth and funding. Access to finance from the larger banks for SMEs can be difficult and precious time can be wasted in pursuit of these facilities.  Decisions by the big banks need to be expedited for SMEs so that they have the opportunity to explore other avenues if necessary.

“Reforms to the British Business Bank could make access to capital easier, particularly if the BBB increases links with alternative finance providers.  At Purbeck, we see most applications for personal guarantee insurance coming from SMEs that have secured loans from alternative lenders. 

“Also, knowing that cashflow can sometimes fluctuate, prior to taking finance, SMEs need to check what forbearance/assistance a lender would be able to provide in order to help manage cashflow and repayment obligations.  Any policies on interest only repayments, repayment holidays and the fees/charges in these circumstances, should be provided up front by lenders in the application process.

“Fundamentally, closer liaison is needed between the new Government and the lending community to help SMEs overcome the barriers to finance.

“At the same time, Labour needs to recognise that navigating the myriad of SME finance options can be daunting.  Improved awareness and education is needed on how different loan facilities work and what can be done to reduce the risk of personal guarantees such as sharing the guarantee or using personal guarantee insurance.

“As we await the outcome of the FCA’s review into small business lending practices, small business owners can alleviate concerns surrounding personal guarantee backed loans and instead view them as avenues for growth and opportunity.”

About Purbeck Insurance Services  

Purbeck Insurance Services is a Personal Guarantee Insurance specialist supporting Small and Medium sized Enterprises (“SMEs”) and promoting business confidence  

Insurance policies backed by Markel International Insurance Company Limited (“Markel”), an A-Rated insurer, as rated by A.M. Best (A), Fitch (A+) and S&P (A). Markel is a shareholder in Purbeck Insurance Services.  

Purbeck Insurance Services is directly authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority  

Insurance is underwritten by Purbeck Insurance Services, an authorised Managing General Agent (“MGA”) of Markel  

Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance is annual insurance policy that provides Director(s) with insurance cover in the event their business lender calls in the Personal Guarantee (provided by the Director(s) as part of raising business finance)  
Key features of Personal Guarantee Insurance:  

  • Premiums are competitively priced and based on individual circumstances  
  • Cover is available for Personal Guarantees signed to support a wide range of business finance facilities