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Loan notes, promissory notes, bill of exchange; whatever you call them, they’re an integral part of modern business and financial management.
In a sign of the increasing uptake of personal guarantee backed business loans amongst small business owners, and a corresponding need to mitigate the personal financial risks of these loans, we saw policy numbers increase year on year by 143% in October 2021, making it a record month!
The market sectors where business owners and directors have taken Personal Guarantee Insurance over the past month are predominantly construction, wholesale and professional services.
Keir Cox, our Operations Director, said: “Our data suggests businesses are keen to borrow as we get to the other side of the pandemic but may be facing a limited choice of options from lenders, outside of personal guarantee backed loans. This is even with a strong trading position, as has been the case for the majority of applicants over the past month.
“The increasing demand for personal guarantees from lenders was an issue we foresaw as an outcome of the pandemic but while business owners may have little choice over signing a personal guarantee if they need access to cash, Personal Guarantee Insurance is giving them the confidence to take on a loan without significant risk to their personal assets.”
For many people wanting to start (or grow) their own small business, a personal guarantee is the only way to successfully secure essential funding, but what is a personal guarantee, and is it a requirement to take our a loan for a new business?
As a company director, you’re legally accountable for your company’s records, accounts and performance, even if you hire someone else to handle certain day-to-day responsibilities (such as an accountant). The information that you’re responsible for sending to Companies House are as follows:
September 2021: Following news of an 18 month high in registered company insolvencies[i], we are urging the owners of small and medium sized businesses to ensure their personal assets, such as their home, bank account and savings, are protected if their business should become insolvent.
Nobody wants to think about debts, but the fact of the matter is that it’s always been a part of business (and likely always will be!). Sometimes, debt can become insurmountable for a limited company or a sole trader, but is a company director liable for its debts?
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