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UK TV broadcasting provider expands with £5m backing from HSBC

by LLB Finance Reporter
23rd Sep 20 12:38 pm

A national television company which provides technical and creative production solutions for broadcasters including BBC, ITV and BT Sport has secured a £5m Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan from HSBC UK.

Timeline Television, based in London, has seen increased demand for the production of light entertainment and comedy programming during COVID-19 and has used the funding to support expansion in these areas.

In addition, the loan has allowed Timeline to invest in more remote production engineering capabilities to cater for increased remote working across the sector. HSBC UK’s CBILS funding has also enabled Timeline to improve its production services for sporting programmes, with broadcasting having to adapt to the changing sporting events landscape.

Roger Sewell, Finance Director at Timeline said, “The CBILS funding from HSBC UK was not just about protecting the company during lockdown, but for our longer-term recovery whilst ensuring we continued to deliver, improve and increase our production services to broadcasters across the UK.

“The way we needed to work changed overnight, as did consumer habits in watching television, so the funding immediately enabled us to invest in remote production – an area where a limited number of people are trained – as well as reacting quickly to shifts in programming demand.”

Rob Brand, Deputy Area Director for South and West London Corporate Banking, HSBC UK added, “HSBC UK is committed to helping businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19, and production companies and sporting events continue to see significant changes to ways of operating. The CBILS loan has allowed Timeline Television to invest in areas of high demand, whilst changing the ways in which its employees work, reinforcing its position as a leader in the sector.”

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