Firms urged to assess flood impact on business in the region

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Mar 2019

Businesses in Hull are being urged to assess how prepared they are for the impacts of flooding.

New figures released by the Environment Agency have shown the average cost of flooding to a business is £82,000.

The effects can be devastating to the small and medium businesses, which represent 99.9 per cent of all the UK’s private business sector.

An estimated 184,000 properties in Hull and the East Riding are at risk of flooding, which can be caused by variety of factors, including surface water, swollen rivers or coastal flooding.

In 2007, more than 9,000 homes and businesses in the area were flooded as a result of record levels of rainfall.

Business in the Community (BITC), The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is now encouraging firms to make sure they are safe.

Amanda Mackenzie OBE, chief executive, said: “Businesses in Hull and the East Riding are particularly vulnerable to flooding and there are lots of simple things businesses can do to prepare for an emergency and limit the harmful effects flooding can have on their business.”

BITC wants to encourage businesses to take its free online readiness test that assesses how prepared businesses are for a range of disruptions.

For more information, and further details of BITC campaigns, visit

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