A clean up has started around cities around England after violence and riots broke out. While London has been relatively quiet since the start of the riots on Saturday 6th August, the unrest has spread over other cities including Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham.
Many buildings and businesses were vandalised in the riots including restaurants and pubs. The Great Harry, a JD Wetherspoon’s pub was set alight in Woolwich with others being vandalised and broken into.
Other hospitality businesses that are in the effected areas took the advice from police and closed up early, to ensure that staff got home safely and to protect their business.
The Walmer pub, Bumpkin, Ottolenghi in Notting Hill endured smashed windows while The Ledbury was raided by looters who threatened diners to hand over their valuables including jewellery, passports and wallets. However, it was reported that they were chased out by staff that came out the kitchen with rolling pins, fry baskets and other kitchen tools. Then the staff ushered the guests into the wine cellar for safety.
Jamie Oliver reported that Birmingham Jamie’s Italian was also forced to close. He tweeted, “Sadly my restaurant in Birmingham got smashed up. Windows all gone, whole area closed, can’t open, staff and customers all safe thankfully.”
Jamie cautioned correspondents on Twitter who claimed he could afford to shut up his business because he had restaurant insurance. He said, “That’s not the point, business insurance it’s statutory & big or small it’s hard each restaurant has 120 staff with bills to pay.”
The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has advised businesses to make claims as quickly as possible, as claims must be registered within 14 days and insurance companies are likely to want supporting evidence within 7 days. It has been reported that small retailers are only insured against business threatening incidents or fire, so it may be the case that these businesses are uninsured for looting and damage.
Restaurants and pubs have been advised to use the local Pubwatches as a source of information, as well as listen to the police, to protect its business and staff. The British Beer and Pub Association will inform businesses of any action or security advice affecting pubs as they are in contact with the Home Office.
Many owners have been taking extra precautions to protect their businesses such as buying extra padlocks, removing stock, checking their insurance policies and creating back up files on their computer systems.
More than 450 people have been arrested in London since Saturday, according to Sky News.
This has been a very sad week for Britain and the QuoteSearcher team hopes this will end soon and everyone stays safe.