Support for Flood Affected Businesses
Financial support for businesses affected by the recent flooding is now available through Malvern Hills District Council and Worcestershire Business Central, the county-wide business support service for Worcestershire.
Businesses that have been directly affected by the flooding will be able to claim grants up to £4,500 depending on the level of recoverable costs incurred and loss of business.
Businesses that were not directly flooded or completely cut off but suffered significant loss of trade will be able to apply for a £500 loss of trade grant.
Applications are being assessed for categorisation as either:
- 'Priority One' - businesses that have had water in their premises
- 'Priority Two' - businesses that have been indirectly affected by the flooding of the road where it trades
- ‘Priority Three' - not directly flooded or cut off but suffering significant loss of trade due to flooding
Businesses will only be eligible to apply for support under one of the above categories.
Applications for Priority One and Two should be made by the 31st April 2014 and are being dealt with for the County by Worcestershire Business Central.
Priority Three applications from businesses who have suffered significant loss of trade, for example in Upton upon Severn, should be submitted by 30th June 2014. Download the application form for Priority Three businesses. In addition, directly flooded businesses may apply to the council for business rate relief for a period of three months.
Malvern Hills District Council is also operating a specific repair and renew grant of up to £5,000, available to householders and businesses to pay for measures that will improve a property's ability to withstand future flooding.
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.
For more information contact the Economic Development Team at Malvern Hills District Council on 01684 862151, or email firstname.lastname@example.org