The Greyhound Inn, at Llantrisant near Usk, is breathing a little easier after securing a Bounce Back Loan of £50,000.

Kelly Jolliffe, owner of the Greyhound Inn, said “Coronavirus struck just as were moving into the busy spring season and suddenly all our income disappeared overnight.

"The Bounce Back Loan has helped us ensure supplier relationships are maintained as well as helping us pay our staff and creditors. I think it’s important during this difficult time to make sure our whole supply chain stay on their feet. As well as honouring our payment terms, it means we will all be better placed for when the time comes to re-boot our business after the crisis.

"Our bank manager at Barclays, Debra Reader, really buys into what we are trying to achieve. I feel that her understanding and sincere interest in our business made all the difference when we needed this urgent support.

"If you don’t have a bank manager who gets close to what you do, your chances of getting stuff done quickly are jeopardised.

"The Bounce Back Loan was all agreed and drawn down within 24 hours and gives us confidence in coming out the other side.

"The loan is critical in getting us through this period which like most businesses, put enormous strain on our cashflow. More than anything it allows us to prepare for the re-opening and to trade instantly as we have already acquired infra red thermometers, sanitiser stations and a range of equipment in order to observe any health and safety measures to protect both our staff and our customers.”

Deb Reader, Barclays Local Business Manager said “The owners have worked hard to develop a strong business and motivated management team. Their growing success is reflected by their popularity and positive reviews.

"Myself and the team have spent time getting to know the business, and when the Greyhound Inn was impacted, our understanding of the business and our relationship with its owners made a huge difference. The new facility will secure jobs within the local community and provide vital liquidity to the business.”

Kelly Jolliffe said: “The lockdown has given us time to reposition the business and use the time, marketing and planning for the future when the restrictions are eased, something we have never had time to do before.

"The impact of this pandemic will be felt for years to come by our business because the debt has to be repaid, but hopefully, when this is over, people will go out and support local business as a whole, to help get everybody back on their feet.”

Barclays is offering a range of measures to support business customers through this difficult period including waiving everyday charges, and fees for all business customers with a turnover below £250,000, capital repayment holidays and new overdraft facilities.