Business leaders met traders in south Birmingham last night to advise them on how to pick up the pieces following last week's tornado.
Representatives from Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Institute of Asian Businesses met traders in Sparkbrook to suggest ways in which lost revenue could be recovered.
Officials from the business groups said they hoped there would be as little disruption as possible following the tornado, which devastated scores of businesses across south Birmingham.
The meeting, at the headquarters of the Sparkbrook Traders Association in Ladypool Road, was attended by the local trade group's chairman Maz Iqbal, representatives from Birmingham City Council, BCCI vice president Simon Topman, and IAB chairwoman Gurjeet Bains.
Ms Bains said: "The tornado swept through some of the most deprived areas of the city, but it was also an area that was packed with independent businesses.
"Figures have already shown that as many as half the residents in the area could be without adequate insurance cover.
"They will have spent the past few days wondering what to do next and asking what help is available. We are here to point them in the right direction.
"The tornado occurred out of the blue but we have to move quickly to ensure there is as little disruption as possible."
Traders will be urging regional development agency Advantage West Midlands and Birmingham City Council to provide a disaster relief package for businesses affected.