Break-in double blow for uninsured Leeds trader

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A SMALL business owner whose office was ransacked by thieves has been dealt a double blow after finding out he is not insured.

Martin Smith, who runs digital marketing business Loumace Marketing, was one of several victims of burglars who broke into the Sugar Mill office complex in Beeston. They trashed the premises – which he had moved into just weeks earlier – before stealing laptops and iPads.

Mr Smith, a father-of-two from Middleton, said: “I don’t know if I’ll be able to carry on with the business. It’s Christmas coming up and I just feel so let down.”

The break-in happened when thieves forced their way into the building, off Dewsbury Road.

He added: “When I saw the state of my office, I’ve got to be honest I was distraught. I felt like crying. I just want to earn a crust for my family, but all of the paperwork and contact details I need have gone. I can’t do any work.”

He thought his lease agreement included insurance. But when he made enquiries following the incident he discovered he was covered for buildings insurance only. His contents were not covered.

Andrew Holland, regional manager for Bizspace, which manages Sugar Mill, said: “We have personally spoken with all affected customers and taken all necessary steps to secure the affected units. We will be conducting a full security review in light of this incident. All Bizspace customers pay a contribution towards the building insurance at their site, which is part of our standard licence agreement. Bizspace does not – and is not able to – provide contents insurance to customers and it is clearly stated in our two-page licence agreement that it is the customer’s responsibility to insure its own contents as the customer sees fit.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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