In the aftermath of the horrendous London riots, everyone seems to have settled back to business as usual. Well, except the unfortunate business owners who have had their livelyhood and security ripped to shreds in minutes. Their years of hard work and dreams have been shattered by irresponsible youths created by a system that has failed the very businesses that have supported it unfailing with their hard earned money.
In the UK, small businesses employed an estimated 22.8 million people, and had an estimated combined annual turnover of £3,200 billion in 2009. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) together accounted for 99.9 per cent of all enterprises, 59.8 per cent of private sector employment and 49.0 per cent of private sector turnover. [Source: http://stats.bis.gov.uk/ed/sme/Stats_Press_Release_2009.pdf]
I just couldn’t carry on as usual without pausing to offer some support to the affected business owners.
Whoever thought that this could be happening in London. Portrayed in the media as the land of opportunities, the refuge where businesses owners from all over the world flee to to avoid persecution. I knew there was tension in our society. Racial tension, class tension etc but I never imagined that it would result in carnage of this magnitude in London.
There is a lesson in all this.
The lesson, is that we need to protect our businesses and support the communities we live in. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels. At the end of the day it was the community spirit that saved businesses in some areas of South London where residents fought away the rioters and defended their communities. Read more here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8691761/London-riots-residents-fight-back.html
We as business owners can choose how we react to these unfortunate events. No matter the level of despondency you have experienced (and I’m sure I cannot totally understand how affected business owners feel), a positive mental attitude is necessary for overcoming this challenge and rebuilding your business.The most important thing is that you still have your life (other’s lost theirs). Everyday is another opportunity, another chance to make a difference. Remember that you created your business from nothing. You can do it again.
I want to help…
As a business owner myself, I cannot standby and watch without reaching out to support my community. I have clients who have been affected by the riots. I therefore pledge to support 5 businesses who have been seriously affected by the riots with One full year of FREE accounting and coaching services. No strings attached. Just my way of saying thank you for your support and just a little something to help you along the way to rebuilding your business.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an initial consultation and to claim this support.
Please feel free to forward it to anybody who may need this help.
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