NatWest £3bn move to help firms survive Brexit

Royal Bank of Scotland’s NatWest on Tuesday announced an additional £2 billion of funding for smaller businesses “as they prepare for the Brexit process.”

NatWest said the money is an extension to an initial £1 billion growth funding initiative announced in May – of which nearly £900 million “has already been approved for offer.”

The funding, which now totals £3 billion, is available to all current and prospective customers that meet the eligibility criteria.

“NatWest carried out an in-depth analysis of its existing customers and the wider market and determined that businesses with export or import trade with the EU, those with a reliance on the EU labour markets and those exposed to FX movements may need further support through the Brexit process and beyond,” said NatWest.

“Of its own customer-base, NatWest identified nearly 2,000 that it believes could benefit from this additional funding, all of which will be proactively contacted by their relationship manager in the coming weeks.

“Eligible customers will be able to take advantage of the additional funding to support their supply chains and financial risk management throughout Brexit, through for instance trade finance, term finance and increased liquidity.”

Alison Rose, CEO of Commercial and Private Banking at NatWest, said: “Earlier this year, we announced an additional £1bn designed to help UK businesses invest in manufacturing, technology and development and have approved nearly £900m for investment already.

“To triple this initial figure to £3bn is tremendously exciting and we’re thrilled to be able to help British businesses keep growing.

“The on-going Brexit process will also require businesses to think strategically and tactically about how to navigate what is still an uncertain period ahead.

“We are committed to helping UK businesses access the right financing products so they can meet their short and longer term trade and working capital needs – whatever the outcome of the Brexit process.”