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July 3, 2022

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BBL Complaints and Outcomes

Sole Trader Applied for a Feeder Account in July 2020 with HSBC By the Day of the Scheme Ending March 31st, 2021, They Hadn’t Processed It So He Missed Out – Ombudsman Awards Him £500 Compensation As He Says Having Looked At His Tax Return, He Didn’t Qualify for a £50k BBL Anyway

The title of this BBL related complaint gives you an idea of what the case revolves around, perhaps the applicant made a mistake or could have applied elsewhere for a BBL if HSBC had done things on time, who knows, anyway have a read, and see what you think about it. […]

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Insolvency Service Use the “New Rule” To Hit Company Director With an 8 Year Ban For Over-Estimating His Turnover By Over 25% of the Permitted 25% Permitted by the BBL Scheme

Bagging a £33k Bounce Back Loan from NatWest by claiming his turnover was £133,000 when it was in fact £1,169 sees a Company Director given an 8-year ban for taking the insolvency route and leaving that BBL still owing. The turnover he used turned out to be for an associated company registered in another country. […]

The Disqualification Files

Company Director Blags Two £50k Bounce Back Loans for One Single Business and Along With His Failure to Keep and/or to Maintain Adequate Accounting Records Gets a 10 Year Disqualification

The rules of the Bounce Back Loan scheme stated that you could have as many BBL’s as you had eligible separate businesses, one for each business, as long as they were not part of a holding company at the top of the structure, in fact the record I am aware of is 36 BBLs to one multiple business owner. However, today’s case is regarding a Director who got two £50k BBLs for one single Business. […]

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5 Year Disqualification for Failing to Maintain and/or Preserve Adequate Accounting Records Which Meant Insolvency Service Unable to Work Out if a Local Council Covid Business Grant Was Used as a Legitimate Trading Expense

Today’s case of a Company Director getting a 5-year disqualification when winding up his business, involves a Local Council Covid Business Grant which is the first time I have seen one listed as part of the reason for that long disqualification. […]

The Disqualification Files

5 Year BRO for Indian Takeaway Owner Who Transferred a £50k BBL to a Family Member for No Apparent Reason – 8 Year BRO For Man Who Secured a £50K BBL for a Partnership That Had Ceased Treading Before the BBL Scheme Launched – Co-Directors Hit with a 7 Year Disqualification

A mix of Ltd Company Directors, Sole Traders and even those who do not own a business but who obtained a Bounce Back Loan are winding up their businesses or declaring bankruptcy and are being hit with disqualifications or BRO’s if the Insolvency Service determines skulduggery regarding […]

The Disqualification Files

Using £5k of a £50k Lloyds Bank Bounce Back Loan for a Personal Mortgage Payment at the Halifax and Paying £45k To Himself Having Over-Egged His Turnover in the First Place When Applying for that BBL Results in a Company Director Getting a 9 Year Disqualification

Overstating the turnover of a business to get a Bounce Back Loan and using any of that loan for personal benefit is always going to see the Insolvency Service getting rattled and handing out a long disqualification if that business ends up in liquidation. Today’s case ticks all of those boxes and saw a Company Director hit with a 9-year disqualification. […]

It is a task I did not want to do, however as more and more businesses are sadly being forced to go to the wall with a Bounce Back Loan owing, I am keeping a count of the Sole Traders and Company Directors that I come across that have been forced to wind up their business and also the ones that have been slapped with a Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (BRO) or Disqualification by the Insolvency Service due to BBL “wrongdoing” and the value of the BBLs that have gone sour. The list is ever growing and the reasons for the BRO or Disqualification do vary. You can find an overview of each case HERE.

Ombudsman BBL Complaints

BBL Complaints and Outcomes

Hayley West the Ombudsman Decides That Clydesdale Bank Were Within Their Rights to Snatch Back a Bounce Back Loan for Reasons That Must Remain Secret

The murky world of Bounce Back Loans continues to amaze the British Public, with stories of dodgy BBLs being handed out to drug addicts and even criminal gangs now becoming an almost daily occurrence. That saga will of course continue to get worse moving forward, with plenty of additional scandals yet to be revealed, but today […]

BBL Complaints and Outcomes

NatWest Snatch Back Two Bounce Back Loans from an SME – Ombudsman Says That The Bank Was Entitled to Do So But Makes a Glaring Error in Their Ruling

Having had two Bounce Back Loans snatched back by NatWest, a Company Director sent in a complaint to the Ombudsman which initially was not upheld by the caseworker tasked with ruling on the case. He then appeals that decision and Hayley the Ombudsman then reviews it and says the initial ruling stands. However, as you can see in the ruling, Hayley does make a glaring mistake […]

The Financial Ombudsman Service is for want of a better word a joke, they won’t like me saying that, but I speak as I find, and it is the truth. Many, many people have submitted a Bounce Back Loan related complaint to them, and initially it will be dealt with by a “case handler” if you do not like the decision/ruling on your complaint you can then ask for a review, and by doing so it will then finally go to a real “Ombudsman”. Anyway, if you want to see all published FOS BBL related complaints and outcomes click HERE.

BBL Related FOI Requests

Trying to get information out of the British Business Bank or even BEIS about the Bounce Back Loan Scheme can be difficult. One way you can try and do so is by submitting a Freedom of Information Request. That is something I regularly do. However, one tip is to ask them for every FOI request they have received and the replies they have sent out, you can connect the dots much better then. Checkout a selection of those FOI’s HERE.

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A Total of 65 People Have So Far Been Arrested for Alleged Government Backed Loan Fraud / Local Authority Grant Fraud with the Government Having Paid Out the Guarantee to Lenders on 155 BBLs and 113 CBILs “Suspected” Borrower Fraud Cases

Trying to make sense of who out and out defrauded the Bounce Back Loan and CBILs schemes, along with ripping off the Local Authority Business Grant schemes is going to take quite some time, however plenty of people have already been arrested for such crimes. So far a total of 65 people have been arrested for […]

Compensation Files

BBL Compensation

If You Have Had Access to Your Bounce Back Loan Blocked, Then Unblocked Due to a BBL Lender Messing You About Be Aware That the Ombudsman Is Making Compensation Decisions Based On Loss of the Interest Free Period

It looks like Jenny Lomax an Ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service is finally getting to grips with the complexities of the Bounce Back Loan scheme, when customers complain to her about banks messing them about.  As this case proves, she took into account, and boosted the compensation initially awarded due to a customers BBL being blocked for a month, and them losing one month’s worth of the interest free period. […]

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BBL Complaints and Outcomes

Sole Trader Applied for a Feeder Account in July 2020 with HSBC By the Day of the Scheme Ending March 31st, 2021, They Hadn’t Processed It So He Missed Out – Ombudsman Awards Him £500 Compensation As He Says Having Looked At His Tax Return, He Didn’t Qualify for a £50k BBL Anyway

The title of this BBL related complaint gives you an idea of what the case revolves around, perhaps the applicant made a mistake or could have applied elsewhere for a BBL if HSBC had done things on time, who knows, anyway have a read, and see what you think about it. […]

BBL Complaints and Outcomes

Failure By HSBC to Update the Error Riddled Bounce Back Loan Database Resulted in Problems for a Business Owner Getting a BBL From Another Lender the Ombudsman Decides £400 in Compensation is Deemed Fair

It became apparent to many people that the so called BBL database that was set up many weeks after the BBL scheme was launched to add another level of protection to banks against fraudulent and duplicate applications was error riddled. This case somewhat proves that beyond all reasonable doubt. […]

If you fancy immersing yourself in Bounce Back Loan madness, scandals, and a whole lot more, then feel free to check out my Premium Content. With hundreds of pages of new stories, updates and things that may surprise or even shock you, then venture down that rabbit hole HERE.

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BBL Complaints and Outcomes

Sole Trader Applied for a Feeder Account in July 2020 with HSBC By the Day of the Scheme Ending March 31st, 2021, They Hadn’t Processed It So He Missed Out – Ombudsman Awards Him £500 Compensation As He Says Having Looked At His Tax Return, He Didn’t Qualify for a £50k BBL Anyway

The title of this BBL related complaint gives you an idea of what the case revolves around, perhaps the applicant made a mistake or could have applied elsewhere for a BBL if HSBC had done things on time, who knows, anyway have a read, and see what you think about it. […]

BBL Complaints and Outcomes

HSBC Declined a Customers BBL Application He Then Submits a Second But Amended One They Toss It Aside Without Reviewing It Thinking it Was a Duplicate – Ombudsman Says He Can Have £100 Compensation For the Bank Says They Would Have Declined the Second One If They Had Properly Assessed It Anyway

Missing out on a Bounce Back Loan due to bank errors and a lack of information from them was something no end of people experienced during the BBL scheme, and this case highlights the stress and suffering caused by banks such as HSBC. […]

The Disqualification Files

Five More Sole Traders and One Individual Hit With Bankruptcy Restrictions Orders For Bounce Back Loan Wrongdoing Including One Who Blew His Playing the Lottery and One Who Wasn’t a Sole Trader at All

£193,000 spread over six Bounce Back Loans have been wasted by those named below, who, instead of using their loans for the economic benefit of their businesses, spent it playing the lottery, gambling or over-egged their turnover and one who was not even a sole trader. […]

I update this website daily with all manner of Bounce Back Loan related articles and news stories, if they do not fit into any of the other categories or overlap two of them you will find them all HERE.

500+ Stories of BBL Stress and Anguish

My “Twitter Vault” dates back to when the Bounce Back Loan Scheme was up and running. You will find complaints, stories of success and all manner of feedback relating to hundreds of SME’s personal experiences of trying to get a BBL. I have of course edited out any personal information. Just be aware some of the stories are distressing, but I feel they need to be put out there as many of you will relate to them and will know just how much of a stressful time it was for many people trying to get one of those loans at the time, and the state of mind many of you were in when applying. The Twitter Vault is HERE.

Bank Bosses Have Their Say

Being hauled in front of the Public Accounts Committee or the Commons Treasury Committee is something no bank boss will enjoy. They are often put on the spot and have all manner of questions fired at them by MPs. Come and take a look at some of the questions several bank bosses have been asked about the running of their BBL facility and how they stumbled, fumbled, and even mumbled their way through their answers HERE.

Snouts in the Trough

Snouts in the Trough

Alok Sharma’s Unusual Ramblings About Renting Clothes Makes More Sense Now as the Stories are Flowing of Carrie Johnson Twirling Around in Them and there are links to Dodgy Dave

As it is a Sunday and little happens in the world of Government backed loans or grants, I will today be looking at Alok Sharma’s recent ramblings on renting clothes and buying second-hand clothes as a little more information has come to light, involving the wife of Boris Johnson and David Cameron which explains Alok’s possible eagerness to promote such things. […]

Snouts in the Trough

Investec Now Accredited to Offer Recovery Loans and Would You Believe Andrew Mitchell MP (“Plebgate”) is a Senior Advisor Earning £12k a Year for Two Days Work

The list of MPs and Members of the House of Lords that have links to firms accredited by the British Business Bank to offer Government Guaranteed Loans gets bigger each time another one is accredited. Today I bring news of Investec the latest Lender to get the greenlight from the BBB to offer Recovery Loans and links to Andrew Mitchell MP. […]

Sleaze has made a reappearance in HM Government, not that it ever went away of course. My Snouts in the Trough Section of the website takes a look at MPs and Members of the House of Lords who have links or financial interests in Government Backed Loan Lenders, come and take a look HERE.

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