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Northern Ireland businesses handed more than £2bn in Covid loans

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Covid loans by council area. Graphic Raymond Esteban

Covid loans by council area. Graphic Raymond Esteban

Businesses have said without the money they may have had to close.

Businesses have said without the money they may have had to close.

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Covid loans by council area. Graphic Raymond Esteban

Northern Irish businesses borrowed more than £2bn under the two biggest UK Government-backed Covid-19 loan schemes, it has emerged.

The British Business Bank said more than 44,400 loans had been given out to local firms under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS).


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