For many businesses across Lancashire and Cumbria, the festive spirit was dampened (and in some cases completely submerged) by the terrible flooding that occurred on Boxing Day and the days following. As the water level rose, so did the fear for many that their businesses would be severely disrupted – whilst some would not survive at all.
Business Rates Relief
Businesses can apply for temporary Business Rates relief by contacting the Business Rates Team on 01695 587158 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Support Grants
Small and medium-sized companies of up to 250 employees can apply for a business support grant from Boost Business Lancashire. Applications must be made by 28 February 2016. Call 0800 488 0057 for more details.
Support for Farmers
A support scheme for farmers affected by the flooding, administered by DEFRA, has also been put in place. Applications must be made by 1 April 2016. Visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-the-farming-recovery-fund-frf to find out more.
Whilst the Council is contacting all the businesses that it is aware of who have been affected by the recent floods, business owners can also contact the Business Development Officer on 01695 712559 for advice on any of these support schemes, and help to apply.
Businesses in Cumbria
A range of funding, grant and support schemes are also available to help those businesses affected by the severe flooding in Cumbria in December.
If your business has been affected, your RfM advisor can also help you assess the financial impact and provide advice on funding and support available.