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Help for Eden Businesses following Cumbria Floods

07 December 2015

This page will be updated with all assistance available to businesses following the Cumbria Floods as and when we have information.

Funding

Farming Businesses

Farmers can claim up to £20,000 to help restore damaged agricultural land. The Farming Recovery Fund aims to help farmers restore productive grassland, recover productive arable and horticultural land, restore farm vehicle access and repair agricultural drainage. For application forms and guidance please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-the-farming-recovery-fund-frf  

The deadline for this fund is 31 March 2016.

Flood resilience grant

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to fund measures which improve the property's resilience or resistance to flooding, over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. Where resilient repairs can be provided at the same cost as standard like-for-like repairs, insurers should act to encourage take-up as part of the standard reinstatement process.

Eligible are businesses (including social enterprise) and charitable organisations properties where internal areas of premises which are critical to the day to day operations (for example: not storage sheds or warehouses) have been damaged by Storm Eva and Strom Desmond. If you consider your business to be eligible please visit Eden District Council's page on the resilience grant scheme for more information.

The deadline for applications to this scheme is 31 December 2016, all work must be completed and invoices submitted by 31 March 2017.

Legal Advice

Burnetts is to give free legal advice to Cumbrian businesses affected by the floods. The offer, which will last at least until 30th April 2016, covers any type of legal support such as advice on leases or tenancies for businesses which need to temporarily re-locate as well as employment issues.  The contact details are as follows:

Eden: Rob Winder | 01768 800855 | rw@burnetts.co.uk   
Tourism: Robbie Mather 01228 552222 | rma@burnetts.co.uk     
Farming: Diane Barnes 01228 552222 | dkb@burnetts.co.uk

Flood information for Food Businesses

Eden District Council's Food Safety Team have produced the following information leaflet for food businesses following the floods.

Flood information for Food Businesses

Business rates exemption

Businesses premises that were flooded will receive a minimum of three months rate relief if, as a result of the flooding, the business activity undertaken at the premises was adversely affected.  The three months relief applies even if the business was only affected for one day.  If the business continues to be adversely affected after the three months additional rate relief may be awarded for up to 12 months in total.  

Relief will also be considered where the premises were not flooded but the ratepayer can demonstrate their business activity has been adversely affected as a result of the flooding, for example, loss of trade due to bridge or road closures.  Businesses will need to demonstrate a reduction in trade of at least 20% over a minimum period of one month.

If you currently receive 100% small business rate relief you are not eligible for flooding rate relief as you have no rates to pay. 

Download the application form here or telephone 01768 810067 and ask for a form to be posted to you.

For further information contact the Business Rates department: Tel 01768 810067 or Email brates@eden.gov.uk