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Lowestoft Vision Help Secure Business Funding

More businesses in Lowestoft are benefiting from Waveney District Council's 'Flood Relief Business Support Scheme' thanks to the efforts of Lowestoft Vision's BID co-ordinator.

Lowestoft Vision and Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment in October 2014 of Jason Cookson in the new position of Lowestoft Vision BID Co-ordinator. The post was created with funding by Waveney District Council to support businesses in the town who suffered as a result of the December 2013 tidal surge floods.

 

More businesses in Lowestoft are benefiting from Waveney District Council's 'Flood Relief Business Support Scheme' thanks to the efforts of Lowestoft Vision's BID co-ordinator.

Lowestoft Vision and Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment in October 2014 of Jason Cookson in the new position of Lowestoft Vision BID Co-ordinator. The post was created with funding by Waveney District Council to support businesses in the town who suffered as a result of the December 2013 tidal surge floods.

Since this time, Jason has engaged with businesses situated on Bevan Street East, Suffolk Road, Commercial Road and Waveney Road that were badly impacted by the tidal surge. Working in partnership with Waveney District Council to raise funds for the businesses via the Flood Relief Business Support Scheme, he has successfully submitted funding applications for 32 businesses. To date £74,200 has been paid direct to business owners, with a further £16,600 agreed and awaiting payment.

Jason said: "In a short period I met with over 30 businesses which were affected by the tidal surge of December 2013. Many were devastated by the flooding, for some the impact lasted weeks, for others months, suffering severe financial loss, personal stress and trauma.

"Through one to one business meetings and a great working relationship with Waveney District Council, we have been able to process applications efficiently giving businesses access to the available funds."

"The funds raised will be injected back into the local economy, helping businesses buy new stock, materials and equipment, this is real money going to real people which will make a real difference to business owners."

Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council said: "We are delighted to have provided funding for this role and that Jason is making a difference in the town. It is vital that all affected businesses have access to the financial support available and this appointment is ensuring this is the case."

Paul Wilkinson a director of R&P Metalwork Ltd based on Commercial Road met with Jason last November to discuss flood funding, last week he commented: "I contacted Lowestoft Vision on the recommendation of neighbouring businesses who had already met with Jason.

"The meeting was productive, Lowestoft Vision had a professional, helpful and understanding approach and they dealt with all the application paperwork, provided regular updates. Within just a few weeks we received a flood funding payment of £4,000 from Waveney District Council.

"The funding will go a long way to helping us get back to where we were this time last year before the awful events that followed the flooding. We have bought new equipment, production has increased, making our business more self-sufficient and sustainable.

"We are grateful to Lowestoft Vision and Waveney District Council for their involvement and commitment."

Jason will continue to work alongside Lowestoft Vision BID Manager Darren Newman in organising future events and projects, which develop business in the town.

Lowestoft Vision and Waveney District Council are eager for business owners to contact Jason regarding the prospect of raising flood funding with a view to submitting requests for support. Jason can be contacted on 01502 502205 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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