Floods bad for business

Employees of Forbes electrical business, Shead and Nicholson, Phil Cleal and Glen Read, move stock back to lower shelves after last week’s flood alert.The long-term effects of last week’s flooding are the biggest concern for Forbes business owners, according to the president of Forbes Business Chamber.

Business Chamber president and Superbee General Manager, Karla Hudson, has sent out a request for feedback on the impact of the floods from chamber members.

Ms Hudson said the early response has indicated that businesses are worried about the longer term impact of the floods on their customers.

She said a large number of businesses had shut down for several days late last week, due to road closures, but owners seemed more worried about the impact after the flood threat had passed.

“Loss of trade was probably the biggest immediate concern, but I think what is worrying businesses more is the long-term affect,” she said.

Ms Hudson said businesses like steel suppliers, rural supplies and engineering firms were concerned how their primary producer clients would cope.

“How long will it take for those farmers who are in low lying areas who have crops flooded to get back in business – that’s the biggest concern,” she said.

Ms Hudson said several businesses had been very busy prior to the floods – particularly supermarkets and pharmacies – but once major roads and streets were closed, many were forced to shut down with staff unable to get through floodwater.

Ms Hudson said she had also received positive feedback from chamber members who praised the regular text messaging and email communication from Forbes Shire Council on latest road closures and river heights, but some are worried whether the shire will be able to pay for repairs to road infrastructure damaged in the floods.

She said the chamber was now asking people to shop locally to help businesses recover.

“We’re just asking people to shop locally – we always ask for people to do that, but if you can get it here, please do, because with losses of 50 to 80 per cent of trade over a week, our local businesses are definitely struggling,” she said.

Business chamber members and other businesses can provide feedback to the chamber by emailing Karla Hudson at [email protected]苏州美甲培训学校.au.

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