Leading exhibition and conference insurers Insurex Expo-Sure is facing total claims of up to £750,000 as a result of the fuel crisis.

Exhibition visitors have stayed away and events such as antiques fairs have been hit hard as sellers and buyers were unable to attend.

Companies without insurance have been trying to get cover for losses due to the crisis, but Insurex Expo-Sure said it is likely to be November or December before new policies covering fuel problems could be considered.

Cover can be arranged for cancellation of an event and reduced attendances.