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Hospitality insurance — the shield for every business in the sector

The hospitality sector's unique characteristics expose it to specific vulnerabilities due to its constant interaction with the public
The hospitality sector's unique characteristics expose it to specific vulnerabilities due to its constant interaction with the public

IN the dynamic realm of the hospitality trade, business insurance isn't just a mere formality; it's a crucial safety net against a multitude of potential risks.

Hospitality business insurance covers a broad spectrum of establishments that provide guests with paid dining, entertainment, and accommodation. and the coverage to protect these establishments extends beyond contents insurance and into liability protection and financial reimbursement for losses or damages incurred.

The hospitality sector's unique characteristics expose it to specific vulnerabilities due to its constant interaction with the public. Among these risks could be loss of licence with hospitality specific cover providing indemnity should a business’s licence be revoked or cancelled due to factors beyond their control.

Hospitality insurance is designed to address these contingencies, offering comprehensive protection to business owners and customers alike.

But each business is unique, and it is a necessity to ensure your policy is tailored against potential risks for your business only.

A solid foundation lies in ensuring adequate property and stock coverage. A vigilant approach to sums insured and regular policy reviews are imperative, ensuring that the insurance aligns with the evolving needs of the establishment.

Various forms of liability insurance are also pivotal for hospitality businesses including public liability for the likes of injury, losses or damage suffered by customers visiting your premises. It also protects against products liability in the event of food contamination or allergic reactions.

Meanwhile, employers’ liability is a mandated policy there to safeguard against costs incurred due to employee injuries or illnesses resulting from their work.

Property, buildings, contents, and stock insurance are other fundamental components needed in your policy.

Buildings Insurance will cover you in the case of rebuilding while Contents Insurance will protect everything from fixtures and fittings to computers. Stock Insurance will cover unusable stock in case of damage, which is especially crucial in the hospitality sector where perishable goods are plentiful.

In the case of business interruption, you should ensure you have insurance that promises a consistent income stream during disruptions should you ever need to close for an extended period due to unforeseen circumstances.

The latter is a fundamental list of the policies any hospitality owner should have but there are also other considerations that professional brokers like AbbeyAutoline can guide you on.

Working with an insurance broker to craft your tailored policy — one that aligns with your specific business needs, should be high on your agenda.

In a nutshell, hospitality business insurance isn't just a protective measure; it's an indispensable shield against an array of uncertainties. For business owners in this sector, understanding the intricacies of their coverage and collaborating with professionals is key to ensuring a secure and thriving future.

:: Jacqueline McGivern is account executive at AbbeyAutoline (www.abbeyautoline.co.uk)