News UK, publishers of The Sun and The Times, have given their staff £10 vouchers to spend at Borough Market in solidarity with traders who were forced to close their businesses for 11 days following the London Bridge terror attacks.
The vouchers have also been given to workers at Dow Jones and Harper Collins (also owned by Rupert Murdoch) bringing in a much needed £30,000 boost to businesses who would have lost significant incomes following the attack.
The News UK offices, which are situated close to London Bridge and Borough Market, were forced into lock-down, when terrorists drove into pedestrians on the bridge before attacking drinkers in the popular market area.
Rebekah Brooks, News UK chief executive, told journalists: “As the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured remain firmly in our thoughts, we wanted to do something impactful for the many hidden victims.
“We are a proud member of the Southwark community and a close neighbour to Borough Market, and couldn’t just stand by.
“Any business would suffer from losing over a week’s worth of revenue and these businesses and traders needed our support in making it up. We will continue to support local business in any way we can.”
Their support was greatly received by market bosses who are keen to ensure the area continues to operate as close to normality as possible following the tragic events.
Darren Henaghan, managing director of Borough Market, said: “A big thanks to our neighbours at News UK for all the support they’ve given to our traders and the businesses since the attack.
“The most important thing for all of us is that people are here again, shopping, eating and enjoying all that Borough Market has to offer, helping us to get back doing what we do best: selling wonderful food and drink in an atmosphere of love, friendship and togetherness.”