TWO consumer businesses in the Aire Valley have bounced back from the devastating Boxing Day floods which destroyed their premises .

The bar and bistro at Shipley’s Victoria Mills complex - renamed The Weaving Shed - has reopened following a £500,000 refurbishment.

And Baildon-based FKB Kitchens & Bathrooms is up and running again with it’s owner considering further expansion.

Both businesses were put out of action for months by the floods which deluged their premises under more than seven feet of water.

The Weaving Shed’s licensee Erica Hall said the venue had to be completely gutted and refitted .

“It was devastating at the time but with help from lots of people and great contractors, I was determined to re-open as a bigger and better venue,” said Erica, who has run the business since April 2015 following a career in insurance.

Five bar staff, a manager and two chefs have been hired and the venue expanded with a bigger kitchen and cellar and storage space and an outside patio.

The venue on Salts Mill Road has been given a new look and Erica is planning a range of events, including live music gigs

Meanwhile, Jamie Brown, owner of FKB Kitchens on Green Lane, who took over the lease in October 2015 and extensively refurbished saw his business hit one the eve of a planned grand opening.

He said the business had boomed since the showroom finally opened in the spring and he is looking to recruit extra staff.

Jamie said: “The flooding completely wiped out our original plans to open in January after we had refurnished the premises. I was gutted but we have been able to pick ourselves up and after months of hard work got the business operating after another extensive refurbishment. .

“The response has been fantastic,We are now in the process of hiring more staff and fitters to cope with the demand.”

Janie is also considering opening a second showroom in Guiseley.

We took over the lease on the premises in Oct 2015

From Oct 2015 -Boxing Day 2015 the shop underwent a major renovation to transform a former Security premises in to a modern showroom with over 200 items on display.

The shop was due to have its grand opening on Jan 1st 2016.

Unfortunately the flood entered the premises to approx 1.5 Meters & totally destroyed everything.

With the help of a clean up grant from Bradford Council,the premises was emptied and cleaned.

The landlord had responsibility to refurbish the interior walls and flooring,but it was down to FKB who had no cover in place for flood damage to pick up the pieces and get on with fully refurbishing the premises again

.We felt the shop was in a great location to service Baildon and surrounding areas.After months of hard work the shop reopened in mid April,T