The Government and TVBC are putting in place a package of support for businesses affected by the flooding since 1 December 2013 including a one day workshop at The Grosvenor in Stockbridge.
In the first instance all businesses affected by flooding should contact their insurance company.
Business Rate Flooding Relief
Businesses that have been flooded will be able to apply to TVBC to get business rate relief for three months. Information on the scheme and how to claim is being sent to all businesses located within flood warning areas with business rate bills this month. A copy of the letter can be found on the TVBC website here.
If you believe that you might be entitled to this relief please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Customer Services Unit at the Beech Hurst address shown below. Please provide as much detail regarding your situation as you can, including dates, the extent of the impact /damage and provide evidence to support your application for example photographs and relevant insurance documentation.
Business Support Scheme
The Council has developed a new scheme to support all small and medium sized businesses in flood affected areas that have been impacted by flooding and suffered a significant loss of trade.
The Government has allocated Test Valley £55,000 of funding to support the scheme.
For further information about how to claim please see the Flood Business Support Scheme document on the TVBC website here.
Repair and Renewal Grant
A repair and renewal grant of £5,000 will be available to all flood affected businesses. The grant will provide financial support to pay for repairs which improve a property’s ability to withstand future flooding. The grant will also be available to homeowners.
More details and how to claim the grant will follow shortly.
For more assistance about any of the above information please contact us by email: email@example.com
Other Government help available:
Government Business Support Helpline
Comprehensive advice and support to businesses affected by floods is provided by a Helpline which offers a free one hour call with a dedicated Business Support Adviser to help businesses get back on their feet. The helpline number is 0300 456 3565 and can take calls from flood affected businesses now.
Government Support for Farmers
The Government is providing a £10million fund for farmers suffering water-logged fields. The Government’s Farming Recovery Fund booklet can be found at the bottom of this page.
HMRC Tax Helpline
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have set up a dedicated helpline to provide tax advice and assistance to those who have been affected by flooding – telephone 0800 904 7900.
They may be able to agree instalment arrangements where taxpayers are unable to pay as a result of the floods; agree a practical approach when individuals and businesses have lost vital records to the floods; suspend debt collection proceedings for those affected by the floods; cancel penalties when the taxpayer has missed statutory deadlines.
This helpline is in addition to other HMRC telephone contact numbers, and is available Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 8.00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, excluding bank holidays.
Sport England are offering grants to help in the repair and reinstatement of sports pitches and facilities damaged by flooding. For more information see their website – www.sportengland.org/floodfund
Tourism South East FREE One Day Workshop – 28th March
Tourism South East are offering a FREE one day workshop to all tourism businesses in the Test Valley area who have suffered loss, damage or disruption as a result of recent adverse weather.
The aim of the workshop is to provide information about support schemes available now, whilst also helping businesses plan for the future to minimize the impact of any major business disruptions.
If you would like to register your interest please contact Nigel Smith by email: firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Test Valley Workshop or by telephone: 02380 625480.
The workshop will be held at The Grosvenor Hotel, Stockbridge from 10 am – 3.30 pm on Friday, 28th March 2014.