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Can’t repay bounce back loan – should I go into liquidation?

Posted on: Sunday 6th December, 2020

Can’t repay bounce back loan – should I go into liquidation?

The government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) has been instrumental in helping businesses survive during the coronavirus pandemic, but as the crisis continues, some businesses are descending further into financial difficulty.

You don’t have to make any repayments on the loan for the first 12 months, which is welcome relief, but if you believe you won’t be able to repay your Bounce Back Loan at any stage, what should you do?

Do you go into liquidation and close down your business permanently, or are there other measures available to save the business?

What does liquidation involve?

When you enter liquidation any assets your company owns will be sold at auction, and the proceeds used to repay creditors. Your company is then removed from the register at Companies House, and ceases to exist.

Entering into liquidation voluntarily is better than waiting for a creditor to wind it up, as it means you can prioritise creditors, avoid trading wrongfully, and unwittingly taking actions that could be viewed as misconduct.

Your outstanding Bounce Back Loan would become an unsecured debt in the event of liquidation. These loans are backed 94% by the government and no personal guarantees are required.

If it couldn’t be repaid, the loan would be written off unless the liquidator discovered a breach of regulations/anomalies surrounding how it was used by directors or the company.

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What are the alternatives to liquidation?

Depending on your circumstances, alternatives to entering liquidation when you can’t repay your Bounce Back Loan could include:

  • Company administration: protects you from creditor legal action whilst the administrator formulates a plan for the company
  • Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA): you pay a single affordable amount to your creditors each month, and trade your way out of financial difficulty
  • Alternative finance: specialist finance tailored to your business

Company liquidation and director redundancy

Voluntarily placing your company into liquidation can be a good idea in some circumstances – when there’s no chance of recovery or business rescue. It means you place your creditor interests first, which is an important part of your duties as a director.

A further benefit of huge importance to directors, is that by entering Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation (CVL) you may be eligible to claim statutory redundancy pay. This could offset the costs of the liquidation process and support your personal finances at this crucial time.

Seeking professional insolvency help

If you believe your company is insolvent, you must seek advice from a licensed insolvency practitioner (IP). They’ll be able to assess your situation and present any different options to liquidation, such as alternative sources of finance or formally restructuring your company’s debts.

Redundancy Claims UK are insolvency specialists with an extensive track record of helping directors make successful claims for redundancy pay. We’ll advise on whether liquidation is the best option for your company, and if so, help you make a claim if you’re eligible. Please contact one of the team to arrange a free same-day consultation.

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