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Advice for flooded businesses

Advice for flooded businesses
Simon King
Start-up advice, Business development, Social media
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In this article you’ll learn

  • What help is available for food manufacturers
  • How to stay safe when recovering the business
  • What grant funding is available

We have pulled together a selection of guidance for flood affected businesses to save you the time searching.

The Federation of Small Businesses have some of the best advice in a handy bulleted list of 20 points:

http://www.fsb.org.uk/resources/helpful-guides/advice-for-businesses-affected-by-flooding

If you are in catering, or food manufacture, specific advice is available from the Food Standards Agency:

http://www.food.gov.uk/science/microbiology/flood

You may need to contact your local Environmental Health Officer. They will be employed by your local council (not the County Council) find their contacts here:

http://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/yourarea

Beginning an insurance claim will be top of most to do lists once the water subsides. Here’s a guide from the Association of British Insurers on the 6 steps involved with making a claim and getting sorted. Its written for a domestic audience, but the principles are the same. The FSB link above has good advice on minimising stock damage.

https://www.abi.org.uk/~/media/Files/Documents/Publications/Public/2015/Property/Responding%20to%20Major%20Floods.pdf

When it’s time to recover the business, the Health and Safety Executive have a brief guide to ensure you stay safe:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/business/recovering-your-business.htm

If you got caught out this time, or think you might in future, make time to make a plan. It could be a great investment:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/410606/LIT_5284.pdf

We hope this covered all the main points, but if there is something missing, or you have a specific query, get in touch via Twitter, which is a great way to keep on top of fast moving situations such as flooding.

Grant funding also available

Grants of up to £2500 are now available for businesses flooded following the recent storms. The majority of eligible businesses will receive an application form directly, however the form and guidance are also available online.

Businesses can claim a grant to help with clear up and business recovery costs. Business unable to trade from their premises may also be eligible for Business Rate Relief of up to 3 months.

 

Summary

Here is a selection of guidance and help including links to organisations who offer help for flooded businesses.