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RECORD DELIVERY FOR BCRS BUSINESS LOANS DURING PANDEMIC
A West Midlands based alternative lender has announced a 47 per cent increase in lending during the Coronavirus crisis.
BCRS Business Loans, which supports small businesses that are unable to access finance from traditional lenders, delivered a record £13.3 million of funding between April 2020 and March 2021.
The not-for-profit lender pledged to support businesses that were being impacted by the pandemic and was accredited by the British Business Bank to deliver the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) while it operated.
End of financial year results confirmed that 130 small businesses across the West Midlands were supported by BCRS during the period, which protected 1,680 jobs that may otherwise have been lost and supported the creation of 263 new jobs.
Stephen Deakin, Chief Executive of BCRS Business Loans, said, “We understand that small businesses are a force for social good in the communities they serve and are vital to the prosperity of our economy. In fact, SMEs account for 99.9% of the UK’s business population and 60% of total employment.
TRH DUKE & DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE VISIT HUGGLE PETS CIC
As part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek in May, Chamber members HugglePets welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to HugglePetsCIC.
William and Kate visited HugglePets Sensory Activity Centre and Community Aquarium, where they met a number of school children attending their weekly Animal Assisted Intervention session, helping to support their Social, Emotional and Mental Health utilising therapy animals.
Prince William could not resist the fluffy pet when he and wife met the youngsters receiving support for low mood and anxiety, with animals used to help them talk about their feelings.
Schools across the Black Country can organise for HugglePetsCIC to run 6-week programmes in schools and from their Sensory Activity Centre in Wolverhampton to support pupils with Low Mood, Anxiety, Healthy Relationships, Building Confidence and Resilience and Education on Suicide Awareness and Prevention.
AWARD WINNING CARE PROVIDER PICKS UP
Isabella’s Homes Ltd, the Wolverhampton based provider of tailor-made supported living accommodation and personal care services for adults with mental health and learning disabilities, has been named Supported Living Accommodation Service of the Year.
The judges praised Isabella’s Homes for the wide range of services they provide, enabling individuals of any age, and with any kind of disability or care needs in the Wolverhampton and surrounding areas, to receive the personalised care they require.
Judges were also impressed with the level of quality Isabella’s Homes maintains within its care services and maintain its careers to the highest standards with ongoing and thorough training for its teams.