Flood Affected Areas Open for Business

21 January 2016

We are calling on people to help support the region’s businesses affected by floods – by continuing to shop and do business there.

LEP Deputy Chair David Kerfoot, MBE DL said that whilst a lot of work still needs to be done in many flood affected areas such as Tadcaster and York many businesses have already re-opened.

Mr Kerfoot said: ““What’s most impressed me has been our region’s resilience with many businesses managing to re-open very quickly after the floods. Our region contains many small and micro businesses which are the backbone of our economy and it is vital that we continue to support them.”

David Bewley from The Inkshop, Tadcaster, made it his priority to get his shop back in order working 18 hour days to do so. He said: “I wanted to get the shop open not only for my own business but to return some normality as soon as possible here.”

Many shops that have already re-opened in Bridge Street – the worst hit in Tadcaster include Allens Ironmongers, Devine Meats, Barclays, Bridge Street Dental Surgery, Calcaria Stoves, Tadcaster Animal Supplies, Calcaria Carpets and Bartle residential estate agents. More shops continue to open and Sainsburys on Mill Street has also re-opened. Shops along Fossgate in York were also keen to show that they had re-opened for business.

LEP Chief Operating Officer James Farrar said: “ Grant application forms were urgently made available to affected businesses working in partnership with organisations including North Yorkshire County Council and Make it York. There are still significant challenges ahead, but Tadcaster and York are still open for business and it is vitally important people continue to go there to shop and do business.”