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Advice for flooded businesses

If the worst has happened already, or you're wanting to get a plan in place in case a flood should disrupt the normal operation of your business, here are some places you can go for help.

You will learn

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

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 once, 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.

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Written by:

Simon King

Growth Hub Manager

Email Address: simon.king@howsbusiness.org

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