CIC Board of Directors expresses concern about Monday night’s fire which destroyed the building housing Horsford’s Credit Department

Horsford’s gutted building

CIC Release (July 01, 2010) – The Board of Directors of the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry & Commerce has written to the management of S L Horsford & Company Ltd to express the Organisation’s sadness and concern at the news of Monday night’s fire that destroyed the top floor of the Horsford premises that houses that company’s Credit Department.

The Chamber’s letter, which was addressed to S L Horsford’s Chairman & Managing Director, Mr Anthony Kelsick, noted sympathetically the Chamber’s sentimental attachment to the affected premises which served as the first official ‘home’ of the Chamber during the period 1983 – 2002. The letter also noted that the Chamber’s Board could not forget that those offices had been provided to the private sector agency at significant concessionary rates during those 19 years, until the Organisation was able to purchase and upgrade its own Secretariat on Horsford Road in Fortlands, Basseterre.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors extends its support to the management and staff of S L Horsford as they embark on a recovery and re-building process while making adjustments to the day-to-day operations of the Credit Department. The patience and understanding of S L Horsford’s customer base are solicited in this regard.

Meanwhile The Chairman of S L Horsford & Co Ltd, Mr Anthony Kelsick and the Directors would like to thank the general public of St Kitts-Nevis for their expressions of sympathy and support over the fire loss of its building located on South Independence Square, Basseterre, which had housed its Credit Services Department.

They would also like to express their gratitude to the men of the St Kitts-Nevis Fire and Rescue Services whose quick and professional response contained the fire to that building and spared any further loss to the surrounding buildings.

The Company wishes to inform its Shareholders and the general public that all its financial information is intact, including all customer credit information. Most of the paper documentation also escaped the fire as these were stored in a secure area of the building.

The Company is currently making arrangements for the relocation of the staff of its Credit Department. The Department resumed its service to the general public the day after the fire by relocating the cashier activities to its Shipping Department located at the corner of West Independence Square and the Bay Road.

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