Since Saturday, council officers have been talking to shop owners and other businesses that were directly affected by the flooding in hotspot areas.
One of their key tasks is to establish which small businesses meet the criteria to claim cash from the Derbyshire Floods Business Hardship Fund set up by the County Council, which includes additional funding from the District Council to help businesses affected in the Dales.
The aim of the fund isn't to compensate for issues that should be covered by business insurance, but to offer short-term instant relief to small businesses, including a £300 hardship payment.
To be eligible, businesses need to have less than 50 employees and have been directly impacted by flood water.
An application form can be downloaded here and hard copies are being delivered by the Council’s Economic Development Team to affected businesses in Matlock town centre, Darley Dale and Rowsley.
Anyone requiring free advice and assistance before completing the form can contact Derbyshire Dales Business Advice by emailing email@example.com
District Council Chief Executive Paul Wilson said:
"We pledged in the immediate aftermath of Friday's flood that we would, as a matter of urgency, examine what support we could provide for those affected.
"Our Economic Development officers were out and about at the weekend, assessing the immediate needs of our business community. The Business Fund is designed to provide initial help to those small businesses directly affected.
"Our job now is to continue to support local businesses where we can and get the message out that Matlock and the wider area remains open for business.”
The business fund is in addition to a £20,000 top up to the Derbyshire Foundation Fund that is aimed at helping households in financial hardship as a result of the floods. Apply by phoning Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.
The District Council is also encouraging local businesses and residents to sign up for the Government's free phone, email or text message flood alert service at www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has also announced it will provide funding via a Business Recovery Grant for up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized business able to demonstrate that they have suffered a loss of trade due to the flooding, that cannot be recovered from insurance. Please check here for further updates on this announcement.
East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) are currently offering free membership to any Dales business affected by the recent flooding. Find out more.