Advisers in areas affected by this week’s social unrest were forced to close their offices to keep staff safe.
Archers Financial Services proprietor Noel Sainsbury says that on Monday evening, Enfield town centre became a no-go zone, with cars, shops and warehouses set on fire. He closed early, fearing for the safety of staff and clients, after being confronted by rioters the previous evening.
He says: “A policemen said trouble was coming, so, worried for our staff, we closed the office. You could not go near town. Now it is deserted, so it is also hitting business.”
Sainsbury says on Sunday night, he was confronted by a gang of people in their late 20s. He says: “They baited police and then saw me and started shouting: ’What are you staring at.’ It was frightening, these are people old enough to know better.
“Our office is very close to the high street and has five large plate-glass windows. We have not seen fires like this since the Blitz so we are keeping our fingers crossed that they do not come our way tonight.”
Another Enfield IFA, GLS Wealth Management financial planner Ian Skinner, says: “The advisory businesses near us were untouched. Because we do not sell CDs or clothes, they seemed to leave us alone.”