LDB to act as centralised point of contact for worried traders.
The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has today offered to act as a centralised point of contact for members of the trade affected by recent events in Hatton Garden.
The LDB is concerned that there is no coordinated effort to manage the situation outside the consumer press and a reliance on word of mouth for information, with many individuals and businesses left at a loss for advice and assistance.
The LDB is also said to be concerned about the “further reaching effects to the trade as a whole,” as those who have safety deposit boxes at the company have been unable to access their stock – even if their box has not been interfered with.
Chief operating officer Victoria McKay commented: “We, in Hatton Garden, (and indeed the industry,) need to stick together as the effects of this situation become transparent. I returned from leave yesterday to find an understandably subdued atmosphere in Hatton Garden and people who seemed lost at what to do next. We welcome an approach from any organisation or business that is able to join us in providing help to the industry.
“The Bourse is an integral part of the industry and is ideally placed to be able to facilitate a coming together of the Hatton Garden community. We have the foresight to understand that the long-term effects could become a strain to small businesses and individual traders so we are offering help not only to protect our own members but also the ancillary trade, who provide services to our members.”
The Bourse will not offer financial aid, but will act as a community driven point of contact and resources to guide those who find themselves in a difficult position.
To make yourself known as one who may be affected, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 405 2625.