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News release - Issued by Department for Communities and Local Government

Interactive map launched to show flood-affected areas now #openforbusiness

• Northern Powerhouse Minister launches new interactive map showing those companies #OpenforBusiness in flood-affected areas.
• “Crowdsourcing” model keeps local information up to date
• Local residents and tourists will be able to discover what’s open where

Companies in flood-affected areas will have the chance to show they’re back and open for business with a new interactive map launched by Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton today.

Mr Wharton said the initiative would help communities throughout the North let the country know that they were getting back on their feet, following record-breaking wet weather in December.

The floods in the aftermath of Storms Desmond and Eva affected over a thousand local businesses in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland and Cumbria, which saw the wettest December since records began.

Today’s new interactive map will give traders, tourists and residents the chance to put details of their local businesses online, to show they are open for business – from pubs and restaurants to grocery stores and tourist attractions.

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton said:

“We are determined to do everything we can to support those businesses affected by flooding this winter.

“Today’s interactive map does just that, offering the chance for hard-working business owners and customers across flood-affected areas to state loud and clear that they are open for business."

Support for Business

The Government has made clear its commitment to stand fully behind flood-affected communities, following this winter’s record-breaking rainfall.

That’s why Ministers have announced a package of support worth over £200million –to help flood-affected communities, which is available through their local authorities.

Today’s interactive map will offer real-time updates on the businesses that have re-opened in the wake of the floods, with information “crowd-sourced” from businesses and their customers.

Those wanting to upload details of companies re-opening in flood-affected areas can visit Open For Business Map, where they can complete a simple form with details of the business – including location and opening times.

Anyone uploading details will also be able to tweet them, using the dedicated #OpenforBusiness hashtag.

It means today’s map will provide an easily accessible place for:

• Businesses, wanting to let their communities – and those travelling to their area - know they are open;
• Customers, who can offer their support to their favourite business as it gets back up and running; and
• Tourists, who will be able to see at a glance what is open in any particular area as they plan their holiday

The Government recently launched a PR campaign, co-ordinated by VisitEngland and VisitBritain with £1m in new funding, encouraging British families to spend their Easter break in the North of England.

The package builds on £15 million of funding already allocated through the GREAT Britain campaign to encourage tourists to visit the North of England.



Notes to editors

In addition to funding for businesses, the £200million Government support for flood-affected areas also includes:

• support people as they protect their homes against future floods by providing grants of up to £5000, so they can install new flood barriers, replace doors and windows with water resistant alternatives, or move electricity sockets up to a safer level
• ensuring that flood affected communities will not face Council Tax or business rates bills for their homes and businesses for as long as they are out of their properties
• Farmers affected by the recent flooding in Cumbria, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Durham can get grants worth up to £20,000 to help restore damaged agricultural land under the Farming Recovery Fund.

You can see the businesses that have already told us they are #OpenForBusiness in the full screen map.

Find out more from Local Growth Hubs

Businesses who want more support or guidance should contact their local authority or their Local Growth Hubs for more information on getting business support, as follows:

Leeds City Region

Growth Hub contacts for Leeds City Region: telephone: 0113 348 1818 or email

North East

Growth Hub for the North East including Northumberland: visit

York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

Growth Hub contacts for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding: telephone: 0300 456 3565 or email