Small businesses impacted by Storm Babet urged to apply for grants

Small businesses impacted by Storm Babet urged to apply for grants
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Fri 22nd Dec 2023

Businesses with properties that were damaged by Storm Babet earlier this year are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £3,000 to help with repairs.

Hitting the UK in October, Storm Babet was one of the most severe weather events to affect the UK in recent years. It led to widespread flooding, damage to buildings and the deaths of seven people.

According to the Met Office, 19 October 2023 in the county of Angus was the wettest day on record in a series from 1891 with repairs likely to exceed £4m. It was also the third-wettest independent three-day period for England and Wales in a series from 1891, while the Midlands provisionally recorded its wettest three-day period on record.

Grants for businesses impacted by Storm Babet

The UK and devolved governments are providing grants to small and medium sized businesses that were severely impacted between 19 and 25 October.

In England and Wales up to £2,500 from the Business Recovery Grant scheme is available to businesses that were affected by the storm.

Businesses significantly affected by flooding are also eligible for business rates relief for at least three months, while firms can apply for up to £5,000 to help make their businesses more resilient to future flooding via the Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme.

In Scotland, £3,000 grants are available to businesses "where there is evidence that ability to trade was severely impacted". They can also get hardship relief for non-domestic rates where they would face financial difficulty without it.

Businesses need to apply to their local council for the grants. Many application deadlines are in January 2024. You can find details for your local council here.

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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