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In Business? Apply for Flood Relief

Financial support for businesses affected by the recent flooding is now available through Worcestershire.Business.Central, the county-wide business support service, in partnership with district councils across Worcestershire.
 
Grants of up to £3,000* will be awarded from funds supplied by central government and supplemented by a total of £200,000 from Worcestershire County Council.**
 
Applications are being assessed for categorisation as either:
 
·'Priority One' - businesses that have had water in their premises or;
 
·'Priority Two' – businesses that have been indirectly affected by the flooding of the road where it trades.
 
Priority One - the worst affected businesses, can apply for maximum of £3,000, with up to £1,500 on offer to Priority Two applicants. Applications must be made by March 21, 2014.
 
In addition, flooded businesses may apply to their local district council for business rate relief for a period of three months. Also from April 1, 2014, a specific repair and renew grant of up to £5,000 grant may be available to householders and businesses to pay for measures that will improve a property's ability to withstand future flooding.
 
This support complements the multi-agency Flood Recovery Group that continues to work together to co-ordinate the clean-up operations and to offer support to affected residents as well as businesses.
 
The group includes Worcester City Council, Malvern Hills District Council, Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire County Council, West Mercia Police, Public Health England, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Severn Trent Water, Western Power, Worcestershire Regulatory Services and the Environment Agency.
 
Cllr Simon Geraghty, Worcestershire County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, said: "We are leading the efforts to help Worcestershire recover from the recent floods and this announcement today of significant extra help from the County Council demonstrates our commitment to help those businesses most affected by the floods,"
 
"We are also pleased to be able to extend that business support to Wychavon and Wyre Forest, which were not included in the first tranche of funding from central government. We are working hard to help as many people as we can through the Flood Recovery Group and will continue to work with central government on any additional support that is needed."
 
Cllr Phil Grove, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development at Malvern Hills District Council said:
 
"Support from government is welcomed but we will continue to lobby for any further funding to meet the local need.  Communities in the district have a long history of repeated flooding and need all the support they can get."
 
Farms are being offered support by DEFRA to help bring their flooded land back into economic use (as either pasture or arable land) and covers areas of equipment or buildings where these directly support the agricultural activity on this land. Further details are available from DEFRA on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/farming-recovery-fund-guidance-for-applicants
 
For more information or to receive an application pack, visit http://www.business-central.co.uk/, email info@business-central.co.ukor call Worcestershire.Business.Central on 0300 123 1440. The lines will be staffed on Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm.·