Preston trader counts cost as Coronavirus outbreak grips Europe

Environmental Psychologist Lee Chambers Essentialise Preston

A Preston business has more than £40,000 worth of video game stock stranded in Europe after the Covid-19 outbreak.

Lee Chambers, owner of PhenomGames, has £42,000 of video games stuck in Italy and Spain.

PhenomGames, based at the Watermark Business Centre on Ribbleton Lane, sells video games from all major consoles as well as merchandise and accessories in bulk to smaller wholesalers, e-commerce merchants and retailers.

These products, often transported by road, are stuck in transit as lockdown procedures take place across Europe.

Lee said: “I am worried but at the same time I’m grateful that it’s a product that’s stuck and not a service that’s being cancelled.

He added: “I’m trying to see the lighter side.”

The future is uncertain for many and preparation seems to be a big part of the process.

At the end of last week, a plan was drawn up by Lee to secure the future of the company.

Chambers said: “It looks at the options of financing, government assistance, financing one business from the other and even looking at how I could possibly finance personally to keep the businesses afloat.”

He also owns Essentialise, a workplace wellbeing psychology company, which has also experienced disruption due to coronavirus.

Lee was supposed to be speaking at a conference in Madrid next week but this has been cancelled due to travel disruptions.

Some of the workshops have also been postponed or cancelled recently.

The UK has now confirmed a number of 35 deaths linked to the pandemic.

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