Grant gets firm back on its feet

Kidderminster Shuttle: FLOOD SUPPORT: Lindsay Wilson with councillors Simon Geraghty, left, and Nathan Desmond. FLOOD SUPPORT: Lindsay Wilson with councillors Simon Geraghty, left, and Nathan Desmond.

A BEWDLEY business that had to shut when hit by the recent flooding is now up and running again after receiving a grant.

Beales Corner Holiday Cottage was given £1,500 to help recoup the costs of evacuating and re - housing current tenants as well as finding alternative accommodation for a party that was on its way from Germany.

The cottage became flooded after the riverside town was battered by torrential rain earlier this year and the grant was made available through business support service Worcester - shire Business Central, in partnership with district councils across Worcestershire, including Wyre Forest.

Lindsay Wilson, who has owned the cottage since 2004, said: “With properties that are listed and over 400-years-old, bureaucracy has previously been an obstacle but not with this fund.

“The process was quick and simple..”

She added she would also be applying for a grant to improve her property’s ability to withstand future flooding.

Conservative councillor Nathan Desmond, Wyre Forest District Council’s cabinet member for resources and transformation, said: “This is a fine example of a proactive response to help local businesses.”

Simon Geraghty, Worcestershire County Council’s deputy council leader and cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure, added: “It was great to see first-hand the difference that the money is making for businesses affected by the flood."

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