It’s been over four months since the Government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and business Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) were introduced. Whilst there has been huge uptake of these loans, many businesses have still struggled to access them.

As UK high streets reopen and businesses start to trade again, we know that operating costs will be rising and for many, access to finance will be essential to their recovery.

I recently hosted a live panel session with three experts in the lending space. We discussed the latest updates to the schemes, alternative options available for those who might have been rejected and much more. I was joined by Katrin Herrling, CEO and Co-Founder of SME lending marketplace Funding Xchange, Mat White, Accounting Relationships Manager at iwoca and Tom Davenport, Head of Partnerships at MarketFinance

Here are some of the key takeaways from the session. You can

Xero’s app marketplace gives small businesses and their advisors access to over 800 apps to unlock productivity and run their entire business operations. Each month we celebrate an app partner that really stands out for helping our joint customers thrive.

We’re pleased to announce our app partner of the month for August is Pipedrive. Pipedrive is a sales customer relationship management (CRM) tool that makes life easier for its global customers, so they can focus on selling. 

Pipedrive launched its first integration with Xero in 2019, allowing customers to create Xero invoices and track their status within Pipedrive. It has been a popular integration in our app marketplace ever since. 

We spoke to Bruno Domingos, Lead Product Manager at Pipedrive, about the company’s journey with Xero and how their integration can save valuable time for salespeople. 

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