February 13, 2014

Has your business been affected by flooding?

The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is conducting a survey in association with law firm Withy King into the effects of the recent floods on the county’s businesses.

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In particular the LEP wants to establish the cost of flooding to Oxfordshire businesses. The results will be used to inform the Oxfordshire “Flooding Summit” on the 21 March 2014 which will bring together organisations to consider how to reduce the risk and impact of flooding.

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of the Oxfordshire LEP said: “It is vital that the survey covers as many of Oxfordshire’s businesses as possible to give us a complete and accurate picture of how the floods have affected business. I urge you to take time to contribute, comment and help us make an effective contribution to a strategy to cope better with excessive rainfall.”

Mark Emery, a partner at Withy King in Oxford, said: “We know from the businesses we speak to that a large number have been affected by the flooding. It’s essential that local and central government and support organisations understand the true extent of the damage and disruption caused to businesses so they can develop robust strategies to deal with the aftermath of the most recent floods as well as to mitigate the effects in future. We hope our survey will provide the information needed to make a real difference to the decision-making process.”

The flooding survey forms part of the latest Oxfordshire Business Barometer – a quarterly initiative run by Withy King and the LEP to engage local businesses on important issues, such as skills shortages and transport. The results are reported in ‘In Business’ magazine as well as online.

To take part, please visit https://t.co/KBvWNHi56Y

The survey is open until Friday, 7 March.

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