With climate change currently being a well-publicised topic in the media at the moment, flooding is increasingly becoming a worry here in the UK.

As well as the obvious impacts of this on peoples’ personal lives, business owners should rightfully be aware of the potential dangers to their companies. Damage to both commercial property and stock can often lead to loss of contracts and customers, which then go hand in hand with financial stress. Even if the flooding does not impact you directly, certain suppliers or employees could well be affected too.

In knowing this, Walsh Taylor were keenly following the local West Yorkshire news recently after it was revealed that Leeds’ political leaders were set to warn the government that their lack of funding for the city’s flood defences ‘could be putting lives and businesses at risk’.

Despite a proposed £112 million flood defence scheme being refused shortly afterwards, we were happy to hear of the Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake’s announcement in response. In it she outlined a ‘pragmatic two-step solution’ to providing improved protection measures. This means that although the full scheme is not yet fully funded, the council is set to work with the Environment Agency to carry it out in separate parts until the remainder of the necessary funding has been secured.

As Walsh Taylor has an office in Leeds and two more nearby in Harrogate and Bradford (with our Darlington branch a bit further afield), the team naturally takes an interest in the regional developments that are likely to have a bearing on local firms.

In working with organisations throughout the UK by helping them to formulate workable solutions to their financial problems, we recognise the consequences of flooding, particularly after the Boxing Day floods in 2015.

For more information on our business recovery and insolvency services, please call 03300 244 660 for free confidential advice.

Mary Taylor
Director

Mary began working in insolvency for a national accountancy practice in Glasgow thirty years ago and worked in most divisions of the insolvency department.

She then moved to a smaller firm so she could advance her knowledge on a more hands on basis. She moved back to Leeds in 1987 and commenced working with a small firm of accountants and subsequently made partner.

She left in 1999 to set up her own practice, McCann Taylor.
McCann Taylor became involved with the consumer market both in England and Scotland.

Mary sold McCann Taylor in March 2007 and formed Walsh Taylor to concentrate on helping businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

Meg Heath
Director

Meg has a background in supporting SMEs, including the raising of finance and advising on organisational change. She is a non-executive director of companies in the private and third sector, including Walsh Taylor.

Previously she was Deputy Fund Director of one of the largest CDFIs in the UK, and has experience of the social enterprise, charity and private sectors. Her experience of assisting companies to survive and thrive has been gained across a broad range of sectors and in companies of all sizes.

In addition to her work at Walsh Taylor she works for other private companies, including non-executive and trustee positions.

Emma Mifsud
Insolvency Practitioner

After graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons degree in Criminology, Emma worked for a regional law firm in both the property department and insolvency and banking department. Whilst doing so Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

Emma then joined a national accountancy firm in 2009 gaining experience in personal insolvency before moving to a Leeds based firm. At this firm Emma specialised in bankruptcies, IVA’s and negotiating informal agreements with creditors. In 2013 Emma gained her CPI qualification.

Since joining the firm in December 2013, Emma has taken on a portfolio of personal and corporate insolvency cases to extend her knowledge and expertise in all areas of insolvency.

In December 2017 Emma become a licensed appointment taker under the Insolvency Practitioners Association, she is JIEB qualified.

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