Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Ceisteanna (180)

Pat Casey

Ceist:

180. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of businesses by county that have applied for working capital under the Brexit loan scheme; the number of such businesses that have been sanctioned financing to date; and the total value. [40986/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

While the nature of the UK's departure from the EU still remains to be determined, Brexit continues to represent a significant challenge for businesses in Ireland, one which cannot be underestimated. That is why my Department and its agencies have put in place extensive supports, schemes and advisory resources to ensure that to ensure that businesses around the country are prepared for Brexit. These measures aim to assist businesses in identifying and managing key risk areas and develop practical preparatory actions regardless of the circumstances of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The Brexit Loan Scheme was launched in March of 2018. The Scheme, using a combination of Irish Exchequer and EU guarantees from the European Investment Bank, leveraged up to €300 million of lending at a maximum interest rate 4% at a cost to the Exchequer of €23 million - €14 million provided by my Department and €9 million provided by Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The Brexit Loan Scheme provides relatively short-term working capital, 1 to 3 years, to eligible businesses with up to 499 employees to help them to innovate, change or adapt to mitigate their Brexit challenges. Businesses can confirm their eligibility with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and, if deemed eligible, can apply to one of the participating finance providers for a loan under the scheme.

The scheme features a two-stage application process. First, businesses must apply to the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) to confirm their eligibility for the scheme. Businesses can use guidelines provided on the SBCI website to determine if they are eligible, and if so, to complete the eligibility form. As part of the process, businesses must submit a business plan, demonstrating the means by which they intend to innovate, change or adapt to meet their Brexit challenges. The SBCI assesses the applications and successful applicants receive an eligibility reference number.

Successful applicants can then apply for a loan under the scheme with one of the participating finance providers using their eligibility reference number. Participating finance providers are the Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and Allied Irish Bank. Approval of loans is subject to the finance providers' own credit policies and procedures.

As at 04 October, there have been 828 applications for eligibility under the scheme, of which 751 have been approved to date by SBCI. 198 of those applications have progressed to sanction at bank value, to a total value of €44 million. It should be noted that 153 of total applications received relate to repeat/duplicate applications.

The following table details the number of businesses by county that have applied for working capital under the Brexit loan scheme to 27 September 2019.

Counties

Breakdown of Businesses by county that have applied Brexit loan scheme to 27 September 2019

Carlow

17

Cavan

19

Clare

13

Cork

76

Donegal

44

Dublin

286

Galway

37

Kerry

21

Kildare

31

Kilkenny

6

Laois

10

Leitrim

3

Limerick

20

Longford

0

Louth

36

Mayo

12

Meath

37

Monaghan

28

Offaly

8

Roscommon

14

Sligo

12

Tipperary

20

Waterford

10

WestMeath

14

Wexford

17

Wicklow

37

Total

828