Floods hit Chichester businesses hard

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CONCERNS have been expressed over the flooding impact on businesses in the Chichester area.

When the A27 closed due to the torrential downpours, employees at a number of firms struggled to get to work and companies within the Manhood and Bosham areas found themselves facing waterlogged conditions.

Louise Fenwick, vice president of Chichester Chamber of Commerce, said firms did their best to work around the conditions.

She said: “Our chamber meeting venue at Goodwood, our venue, was not directly affected and was open for business as usual.

“We were conscious that roads around Chichester were hazardous or closed and so made the decision around mid-afternoon to cancel the meeting.

“We’ve had a number of members who have themselves struggled or have staff who have struggled to get into work in Chichester mainly due to flooding outside the town and road closures on the Manhood peninsular, in Fishbourne and around Bognor.

“However, with remote working and smart phones being so capable these days, we are not aware of any that have seen a direct impact on business or revenue.

“But the worst case we’re aware of is that of Chi Beds@Bosham, which has experienced severe flooding and has had to get loss adjustors in in order to make an insurance claim.”

A spokesperson from the company confirmed its showroom in Main Road had been seriously affected, but added that it was continuing to trade as best as possible.