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Fund launched for stores hit by rioting

John Lewis and Marks & Spencer are among the major retailers that have been approached about donating to a fund set up to help small businesses damaged during the riots.

The High Street Fund, which was launched by London councils and businesses, will provide hundreds of small businesses with initial grants of £2,000 to help with cash flow issues and costs associated with insurance claims. It had already raised £3m before its official August 24 launch.

Independent retailers damaged in the riots included womenswear store Ash in Clapham Junction and Camden menswear boutique La1.

London Mayor Boris Johnson urged retailers to contribute: “Everybody should give to this operation and I very much hope big retailers will join.”

Fund chairman Sir William Castell said he had spoken to John Lewis and M&S and hoped to raise up to £10m. Claims can be made via

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