Businesses devastated by floods will not be left to ‘muddle through’

The big clean-up continues in Hebden Bridge, after the Boxing Day floods, 2015
The big clean-up continues in Hebden Bridge, after the Boxing Day floods, 2015

Business for Calderdale and the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Business Recovery Team have joined forces to work on behalf of the businesses in the borough affected by flooding.

The partnership means that there will be an even stronger voice for businesses that have felt isolated in their struggle to recover from insurance issues, loss of income, laying off of staff and refurbishing.

Both organisations are not for profit organisations - so when it comes to joint fundraising to support flood victims all monies will be used to maximise that support.

The two organisations will launch the partnership at a ‘Business Flood Recovery’ breakfast meeting to be held from 8am on January 19 in Mytholmroyd, at Calder High School.

Stephen Curry, Chair of the UCVR said, “From day one of the floods the UCVR have been working hard to ensure that the business affected will not be left to muddle through.

“Not only are hundreds of business disrupted now for weeks or months but there is knock on effect to other businesses which trade with flooded colleagues.

“We are also conscious of the plight of many sole traders working from homes and offices flooded.

“There is a wide range of businesses that need our support now and in the months ahead. This is not a quick fix partnership together we will work to rebuild the local economy as quickly as is possible”.

Nick Worsnop, Chair of Business for Calderdale and of Chadwick Lawrence solicitors said “As an organisation dedicated to the promotion and welfare of businesses across Calderdale, which obviously includes those who run and work in the businesses, we are committed to helping provide support to those in the Calder valley affected by these awful events.

“We will be raising the issue at our first meeting of 2016 and asking for ideas for help and support from members, whether it be by way of time, fundraising or donations.”

Business for Calderdale’s January event will take place at Asiagem in Halifax on January 12 from 5pm. For more information please visit