Support available for local businesses following floods

Following Storm Frank and the severe flooding that hit some of the towns in our region, Dumfries and Galloway Council are are trying to help local businesses get back to normal.

Business Gateway advisers and officers from the Economic Development services have been out in all the affected towns, visiting the businesses that suffered during the floods.

They have been talking to owners and staff about the impact the floods had and any issues they are now facing.

The officers are providing lots of information and support including how to help with insurance, about potential funding that may be available, if alternative premises may be required, etc.

The team are trying to contact all businesses that were impacted by the flooding.

However, there may be some businesses that the team aren’t aware of that may also have been impacted.

If your business requires some assistance or support with regards to specific business continuity and you haven’t been contacted, then the team would like to hear from you.

Phone lines have been set up to help with your calls:

Stephanie Carrick – 01387 273998

Liz Macpherson - 01387 273992

You can also email: bcp@dumgal.gov.uk

In addition, The Scottish Flood Forum is a Scottish based charitable organisation that provides support for and represents those who are affected by or are at risk of flooding and is funded by the Scottish Government.

They have been in touch in relation to the flooding within Newton Stewart.

This forum will be setting up a weekly drop-in session, one day per week from next Tuesday (12th January) at the McMillan Hall in Newton Stewart to provide advice on property and insurance issues in relation to both residential and businesses properties as well as discussing how to make properties more resilient for the future.

Advisors are also available on 01698 839021 or you can visit the website on the following link: www.scottishfloodforum.org