Lack of action on flooding 'worries firms'

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Lack of action on flooding 'worries firms' (image credit: iStock/NaokiKim)

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has highlighted the considerable risk to many smaller companies across the UK from potential flooding in their area.

Responding to a new report from Environmental Audit Committee entitled 'Flooding: Cooperation across Government', which showed two-thirds of UK small businesses have been affected by some form of flooding in the last three years, the FSB believes action is now needed to respond to this serious threat.

Overall, one sixth of the UK's small business operators are located on flood plains, placing these organisations at significant risk of disruption in the event of widespread flooding.

Mike Cherry, FSB national chairman, said: "Many small businesses in parts of northern England, Scotland and Wales are still recovering from the devastating floods last Christmas.

"Ministers need to put a proper, multi-agency strategy in place to manage the risks of flooding across the UK. Long-term plans must ensure that homes and businesses are protected through a combination of flood defence schemes and strategic river management."

He added that progress is being made in this area, but it may not be taking place fast enough to prevent further disruption in the coming years.

However, Mr Cherry did note that it is important to remember that while as many as 16,000 properties in England were flooded in last year's adverse weather, more than 20,000 at-risk properties were protected via existing flood defences.