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Supporting business: The team at BCRS Business Loans


Sikh temple offers support to NHS


The Sri Dasmesh Sikh Temple in Lozells, Birmingham has made an incredible donation of £42,000 to University Hospitals Birmingham Charity and Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospitals Trust. This donation from the temple was made


Lender backs Business Interruption scheme


BCRS Business Loans is supporting the new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) as part of its commitment to supporting businesses in the West Midlands that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The alternative lender became a delivery


partner for CBILS due to its existing accreditation as a provider under the former Enterprise Finance Guarantee. BCRS is now processing applications for the new scheme. CBILS is being delivered by the government-


owned British Business Bank through lenders such as BCRS Business Loans, to support the continued provision of finance to smaller businesses (SMEs) during the Covid-19 outbreak. BCRS will be supporting businesses in the


West Midlands that are unable to access finance from traditional lenders, by offering loans from £10,000 to £150,000 with terms up to six years. Under CBILS, interest and lender-levied fees will


be paid by the Government for the first 12 months. Stephen Deakin, chief executive at BCRS


Business Loans, said: “Now more than ever, we are committed to supporting the needs of businesses right across the West Midlands who are facing unprecedented uncertainty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. “With CBILS, and working in partnership with


the British Business Bank, we want to reassure smaller businesses that we are here to help you during this difficult period with additional features that make repayments more affordable for the first 12 months and government-backed lender guarantees that help us turn a ‘no’ credit decision due to a lack of security into a ‘yes’. “BCRS has adapted its loan process to ensure


it is still conducted quickly and efficiently via email, telephone and virtual meetings to heed social distancing advice from the government. We believe that no viable business should go unsupported.”


possible thanks to the generosity of the Gurdwara community who have contributed to the temple’s fund over the years. The temple committee wanted to make the donation in support of the NHS at this difficult time. Sukwinder Singh Sungu, the president of


the temple committee, said: “We are delighted to be able to support our NHS across Birmingham and the West Midlands at this difficult time. This donation is thanks to the generosity of the Gurdwara community. I know that the funds will help to make a difference to NHS staff and patients.” Charlotte Schofield, director of


fundraising at University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Sri Dashmesh Sikh Temple, Birmingham, for their amazing support. The donation of £21,000 to our hospitals will help us to support our NHS Superheroes and the patients that they are treating at this challenging time.”


Find out more at: hospitalcharity.org/nhsheroes


Skills training firm opens its first respite centre


A Birmingham business that specialises in providing skills training for people with learning disabilities has secured funding to open its first respite centre, Respite Breaks. The Care First Group, which operates across the Midlands, has bought


the property in Kingstanding. It will offer respite care for three people with learning disabilities and complex needs. Respite care is when other people take over from full-time carers, to give them a break. Care First, which was established in 1996, improves the quality of life for


those aged over 16 who have learning disabilities by providing life skills training, in a bid to increase their independence and self-belief. Neil Thorogood, finance director of Care First, said: “The opening of this


respite home will provide respite care for our clients, meaning that their carers can take some much-needed rest in the knowledge that their son or daughter are being cared for in a supportive and developmental environment.” He said: “Enabling parents to cope over the longer term, through having


respite, will ultimately help keep families together and avoid early transitions into long term expensive residential care, thus reducing the cost to local authorities and the NHS of high-cost residential placements. Funding was provided by Barclays Bank. Barclays relationship manager


Kevin Sheridan said: “I am delighted we have been able to support the business with the funding to develop this respite home which I am sure will be well received by several families and carers who carry out an essential role.” The home is due to open this year.


A home from home (from left): Ela Ksiazkiewicz, Respite Breaks Limited manager, Chris Winter CEO The Care First Group, Neil Thorogood and Kevin Sheridan


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