Night of celebration for Fix Auto

For the fourth successive year Fix Auto bodyshops experienced the sweet taste of success during the prestigious bodyshop Awards 2015.  

Incredibly, less than two years after first opening its doors for business, Fix Auto Pontypridd was crowned ‘Small Bodyshop of the Year’ during the glitzy ceremony held at the Celtic Manor Hotel, South Wales, on Friday, September 25.

Bodyshop manager Paul Bailey was joined on staged by fellow Fix Auto Pontypridd team members to collect the award from by Donna Lancett, sales manager for Autoflow, who sponsored the category.

While Fix Auto Dagenham had to settle for a place among five finalists in the Large Bodyshop of the Year category, the business’ co-owner Chris Oliver, was given the coveted ‘Outstanding Achievement Award for 2015’.

Fix Auto Pontypridd owner, Steve Peart said, ‘Being named as the Small Bodyshop of the Year is truly fantastic and completes what has been a phenomenal journey so far for Fix Auto Pontypridd. The credit, really, goes to the entire team at Pontypridd. Everyone involved has worked tremendously hard since before we opened our doors and continue to do so and for that, I am truly grateful.’

Paul Cunningham, commercial director for Fix Auto Dagenham, who collected the award on behalf of co-Director Chris Oliver, said, ‘While we were obviously disappointed at not winning the Large Bodyshop of the Year award, being named as a finalist and in effect being placed among the top five bodyshops in the country is still an outstanding achievement and one which we will be celebrating.’

With regard to the award bestowed upon Chris, he added, ‘It was a complete surprise to us all. Unfortunately, Chris could not be there on the evening but it gave me great honour to collect it on his behalf.’

Ian Pugh, of Fix Auto UK said, ‘Once again, we have experienced another prestigious industry awards event whereby Fix Auto franchisees have brought honour to the network.  While being named as a finalist is a major achievement in itself, to collect two awards is incredible.’

A spokesman for the Bodyshop Awards jury, said, ‘The Outstanding Achievement Award once again recognises an unsung hero of the repair industry, Chris Oliver of Fix Auto Dagenham.’

‘Chris is committed to the continued elevation and rightful recognition of the bodyshop sector – and his enthusiasm for such is infectious.  His desire to ‘do the right thing’ sees him involved in various inspiring initiatives to promote true partnership approaches.  Chris has a true passion for securing a business environment in which all stakeholders within the accident repair sector can attract the right people, continue to raise standards and prosper for the future.’

In 2012 and 2013, Fix Auto Cardiff South was named Large Bodyshop of the Year at the Bodyshop Awards.  The 2013 event also saw Fix Auto Sutton-In-Ashfield presented with the Consumer Choice Award and Fix Auto Rochdale’s commercial vehicle division named Commercial Vehicle Bodyshop of the Year.  In 2014, it was Fix Auto Mid Devon who stole the limelight for the network when it was named Medium Sized Bodyshop of the Year.