The UK has been experiencing some of the worst storms in history, an unprecedented level of rainfall and several storms have left regions of the UK severely damaged. And small business’s are among the most affected.
The Small Business Storm Relief Fund has been launched to help Britain’s smallest firms that have been impacted by the extreme weather. And we need your help.
You can donate any amount of money to The Small Business Storm Relief Fund by clicking ‘Pledge’ on the right-hand side of this page. You can then select the region you wish to support and enter the value you would like to pledge.
A poll, conducted by Enterprise Nation, revealed micro and small companies were preparing to see revenues dip because of direct damage to their own premises or that of their customers, with 17 per cent expecting to lose thousands as a result of the crisis. The poll found 32 per cent were expecting the freak weather to have a long-term impact on their business.
Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “Seeing your home submerged or without power is a terrible experience, but with 70 per cent of all new businesses started at home, it’s clear the extreme weather we’re seeing will have a more profound impact on those who depend on their home-offices as a livelihood.
“Big businesses will be more prepared – but for small companies just starting out, an event like this can be make or break."
“What’s also emerging is that trade for these small companies is being seriously affected – with 50 per cent saying they will need help with cash flow to see them through.”
Kate Stewart, UK Communtiy foundations, said: “UKCF is delighted to be working in partnership with Enterprise Nation & Crowdfunder.co.uk. We recognise the important role small businesses play in communities and our network of community foundations across the UK is well placed to identify those affected by the floods and storms and get them on the road to recovery.”
Enterprise Nation have teamed up with The UK Community Foundations and Crowdfunder UK, to raise funds to support flood affected SME’s across the UK.
Enterprise Nation was founded in 2005 by Emma Jones MBE. Its mission is to create an inspirational environment for business owners and would-be entrepreneurs, a supportive community, informational books and events, and a campaigning voice to help small businesses in the UK flourish.
Crowdfunder.co.uk is the leading UK-based rewards crowdfunding network. Allowing local people to come together online to make great local ideas happen.We work with businesses, community groups and charities to help them raise funds from the community around them.
UK Community Foundation is UKCF is the umbrella organisation for all community foundations, providing philanthropic advice to clients and delivering UK-wide grant-making programmes. They provide advice and support to our member foundations and have one simple objective: to help build thriving communities.