Businesses Pick Up the Pieces After Nights of Looting

Small and medium-sized businesses across England have been picking up the pieces after nights of rioting and looting in major cities that, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), could cost business an estimated £100 million, writes Simon Wicks. In the worst case, the family-owned House of Reeves furniture store in Croydon was set alight and left a burnt-out shell. But retailers across London and in areas of Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and elsewhere had windows smashed, interiors wrecked and stock looted. Some, already struggling with a difficult economy, may never open again. Yet many business-owners have shown a defiant and determined attitude in the face of crisis. “I was here at 7am on Wednesday morning and our job was to clean up,” said Mark Taylo... »