Hospitality trade bodies have called on the Association of British Insurers to agree to a meeting to discuss further support for pubs and breweries affected by the coronavirus crisis.

In a joint letter to the ABI, the British Beer and Pub Association, British Institute of Innkeeping, Society of Independent Brewers and UK Hospitality have revealed that as few as 4% of businesses in the sector have made successful insurance claims following the coronavirus lockdown.

Only 1% of hospitality businesses, 3% of BII members, and 4% of BBPA member companies have received a positive response from their insurer, industry service data has found, prompting the bodies to call for an urgent meeting ahead of any legal action that may be planned.

The letter read: “Within this context of a national, collaborative effort across our entire supply chain there has been one notable omission – insurance companies.”

“We had hoped insurers would work with us at this critical time. With one or two exceptions, the collective failure of insurers to step up and meet their obligations has been deeply disappointing.”

“We are aware of legal actions pending but in advance of these cases proceeding we would urge the insurance companies’ senior executives to agree to meet with us to discuss and lead a constructive way forward at the earliest possible opportunity.”

“With additional lockdown measures planned for our sector and further material disruption to our businesses likely, the compensation owed to our pub, brewery and broader hospitality businesses has become an even more urgent matter.”