Ipswich: Traders lose out on thousands of pounds after power cut forces them to close on one of the busiest Christmas shopping days

Adele Linnett and Charlie Carr of Mannings, Ipswich, who had a power cut on Friday and lost £5000 in profit. Adele Linnett and Charlie Carr of Mannings, Ipswich, who had a power cut on Friday and lost £5000 in profit.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
10:38 AM

Frustrated town centre traders have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket after a power cut forced them to close their doors on one of the busiest days of the Christmas shopping season.

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Businesses in the Cornhill, Westgate Street and Lion Street areas of Ipswich were among those affected by the loss of electricity on Saturday, which was caused by an underground fault.

Staff at Mannings pub said they were forced to close the venue until 5pm, when power was restored, because of safety issues but they admitted the incident dealt them a massive blow.

Landlady Jane Farr said: “It really couldn’t have happened on a worse day. The two best trading days are ‘Black Friday’ and the Saturday before Christmas. It was the worst time it could have happened.

“It was extremely random who was off and who was on. I’m about £5,000 down so I will have to ring up the insurance.

“Pubs are on the decline to start with and we are all chomping at the bit to keep our heads above water and something like this comes along on one of the busiest days, you order all the stuff in, and you get knocked for six.

“I have never closed a pub but I would have knowingly letting people in and it would have been a health and safety issue.”

Nay Than, manager of the Mizu Noodle Bar, on the Cornhill, estimates he lost between £4-5,000 in trade as he was forced to close the restaurant for health reasons.

He added: “It was just a nightmare for business. It is not good that happening on one of the busiest days of the year, but it happens.”

Other businesses which were affected by the electricity problems included Claire’s Accessories in Westgate Street.

There were also rumours that some market traders had been affected.

A spokeswoman for Claire’s said: “We were able to open but I could not let any customers in, so if someone wanted something specific, so if they came to the doors and wanted something specific, I could get that.”

The spokeswoman confirmed the shop’s takings had taken a hit but was unable to say what the total was.

Firefighters were first called to the area at about 10.15am on Saturday after it was reported that smoke was emitting from the ground in Lion Street – they lifted a manhole cover and discovered what was thought to be an electrical fire.

It was eventually found that there was a low voltage fault which, according to UK Power Networks, had affected 38 customers. The total number of businesses affected is not known.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “Customers would have seen an interruption to power at around 10.15am and with our engineers working as quickly and as safely as possible, power was restored in stages with the final seven customers having their power back by 5.05pm.

“We appreciate how difficult it is to be without power and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

10 comments

  • Noodle bar...lost 4 or £5000 in one day....????? I think that HMRC will be looking at your tax returns matey.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, December 25, 2013

  • I remember when Princess Diana died, my business suffered badly on two days but I did not whinge about it; just accepted that events happen.

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    Johnthebap

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Johnthebap is quite correct the old mobile beach hut ,plastered with handwritten signs, that represents Archants presence in the town centre is always surrounded by the same old couple so that if any poor sod did want to buy an eveningstar or other desperatly associated products, cannot get near enough and would not want to interupt the high level discussions taking place. This has gone on for the last couple of years at least and is helping towards the demise of Archant. Maybe they need to employ one of our eastern european friends who have at least some commercial sense. The ABC audited circulation figures must be dropping like a stone!

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    Billy Knowbend

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I agree 'Beerlover'; even possibly the people in that old shed they have there (I think they call it a kiosk) who seem to chat to the same person all day could have looked over.

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    Johnthebap

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • If Mannings have lost "£5000 profit" can you please let us; the loyal army of readers know when and how we can buy shares in such a bonanza making enterprise? Thank you.

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    Steve Blake

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Do your journalists know the fundamentals of business accounting (or even mathematics): "Mannings, Ipswich, who had a power cut on Friday and lost £5000 in profit." and "I’m about £5,000 down" are not necessarily the same thing.

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    Johnthebap

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • After reading this yesterday, I decided the lads and I would pop in here as part of our festive session. When speaking to a slightly tipsy bar person about the loss, they just laughed!

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, December 25, 2013

  • After reading this yesterday, I decided the lads and I would pop in here as part of our festive session. When speaking to a slightly tipsy bar person about the loss, they just laughed!

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, December 25, 2013

  • "There were also rumours that some market traders had been affected." So nobody at the Star, perhaps five minutes' walk away, actually got off their backsides to go and find out.

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    beerlover

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • After reading this yesterday, I decided the lads and I would pop in here as part of our festive session. When speaking to a slightly tipsy bar person about the loss, they just laughed!

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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