Help is still available for flood victims

Businesses affected by recent floods in Northumberland are being reminded of flood recovery grants that are available.

Small and medium sized businesses can be used for a wide range of activities to support survival and recovery such as marketing, interest payments on new and existing loans, specialist advice, training, equipment and other activities supporting implementation of a recovery action plan.

While Arch, who is administering the scheme on behalf of the County Council, has been in contact with all the businesses affected by storms Desmond and Eva, traders are being reminded there is still time to submit a funding application.

Latest estimates suggest 75 businesses could be eligible and the amount of funding available depends on the size of the business and the level of support required.

Council leader Grant Davey: “Getting businesses that need assistance the right support is extremely important and that’s why we’ve been at the forefront of co-ordinating help for affected properties.

“Our focus, through Arch, remains helping traders get back on their feet as soon as possible and ensuring that despite the extreme flooding Northumberland remains ‘open for business’.”

Application forms are available on the council’s website, and businesses can call Arch on 01670 528489 or email

Householders and businesses that were flooded in December 2015 can also apply for a property level resilience grant of up to £5,000 to improve the property’s resilience or resistance to flooding, beyond repairs that would normally be covered by insurance.