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Last edited 14 May 2020
Government to support businesses through Trade Credit Insurance guarantee
In May 2020, businesses with supply chains that rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to the coronavirus will get support from the government, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen announced.
 Transaction support
Trade Credit Insurance provides cover to hundreds of thousands of business-to-business transactions, particularly in non-service sectors such as manufacturing and construction. It insures suppliers selling goods against the company they are selling to defaulting on payment, giving businesses the confidence to trade with one another. But due to the coronavirus and businesses struggling to pay bills, they risk having credit insurance withdrawn or premiums increasing to unaffordable levels.
To prevent this from happening, the government will temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance, ensuring the majority of insurance coverage will be maintained across the market. This will support supply chains and help businesses to trade with confidence as they can trust that they will be protected if a customer defaults on payment.
 Economic boost
The Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen said: "This country's businesses are crucial in helping us to kick start the economy as we get back to work, and I will do everything I can to help support them through this difficult time. By guaranteeing business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance, we will help to maintain a vital cog in our economy.
Business Minister Paul Scully said: "Giving businesses the confidence to continue trading is vital to seeing us through this crisis. This guarantee will be essential as we seek to reopen new sectors of the economy and get the UK back to work in a way that is safe for everyone."
The guarantee will be temporary and targeted to cover CV-19 economic challenges and will provisionally last until the end of 2020. It will be followed by a review of the TCI market to ensure it can continue to support businesses in future.
This article originally appeared on the CIAT website on 13 May 2020.
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