Burley business back on its feet after 5ft flood

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A Leeds business has managed to build itself up from scratch again after the Boxing Day floods caused £500,000 worth of damage.

Vermillion, based at Burley Bridge Mills, was one of many companies decimated by the floods last Christmas.

The company, which provides reprographics and pre-press services, saw its IT system destroyed by five feet of water.

In the wake of the floods, the company teamed up with Opal, an IT solutions provider.

Opal managed to get the business up and running again within a number of days - something Vermillion’s managing director Chris Milner says was vital to the company’s future.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that the floods could have ended the business that I’ve worked so hard to build up.” said Chris.

“Opal did what was necessary to get our business back up and running again and now we’re looking forward to the future with confidence.

“When the floods struck, we couldn’t get into the building until the 28th of December.

“Our main servers went and it was three-and-a-half days of struggle.

“Having that quick turnaround certainly won us brownie points with the clients.”

The company was co-founded by Chris in 2004 and employs 15 staff in total.

Chris, 54, added: “Luckily, we got the business up and running quickly again.

“But we’ve effectively had to start from scratch.

“I suppose it’s a lesson to other businesses to make sure their IT infrastructure is robust enough to withstand a natural disaster.

“One incident can ruin everything.”

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