5th March 2010
has seen the longest cold snap for almost 30 years and the adverse weather
conditions has had a considerable effect on the events and exhibitions industry
with a rise in cancellation claims.
However there is a ‘ray of sunshine’ when the event
organiser is insured with Towergate Coverex!
The National Motorcycle Show, held in recent years at
Manchester Central has been a highlight for biking fans for over sixteen years
and features exhibitors such as Honda, Triumph, BMW, Ducati and Suzuki. The Show has always been held in January with
classic bike and major stunt displays supplementing the exhibiting suppliers of
biking equipment and clothing.
The weather conditions in the North West leading up to the
event, due to be held on the 9-10 January 2010 were particularly severe with
high levels of snowfall disrupting roads, airports and rail services. This resulted in the unprecedented
cancellation of the long-standing show as exhibitors and visitors were unable
Fortunately the organiser, working with Ian Houghton-Brown at Towergate Coverex had insured
the event sufficiently against cancellation enabling the
organiser to be indemnified for all costs in rescheduling the event to the 2 – 4 April 2010.
Howard Cartledge, Event Director for the National
Motorcycle Show said "We have never claimed from the insurance in all the
years we have been running events so we did not know what to expect."
"You pay your premiums every year for your events and hope
the system works. In this case it did. On contacting Towergate Coverex things
began to roll along at a steady pace. In actual fact our claim was sorted in
only three weeks allowing us to reschedule the event. As an organiser I would
recommend Towergate Coverex to any other organisers as a specialist event
Ian Houghton-Brown, Assistant Director for the Event Organiser
Department at Towergate Coverex commented "We couldn’t have predicted the
impact the severe weather would have on the industry and it highlights how
important it is to get the correct insurance with a specialist event broker
advising you. We worked with the
organiser, protecting their interest, negotiating with insurers on their behalf
to get a speedy settlement."