Award-winner Jade breaks industry mould

The first woman to ever win the bodyshop Manager of the Year award admits she still can’t believe it.

Jade Rogers of Fix Auto Weston-Super-Mare was presented with the award by former England rugby captain Will Carling at a gala evening held at Twickenham Stadium last Thursday evening.

She said, ‘This means absolutely everything to me. I’m proof of what can be achieved from sheer hard work and dedication. I started out as one of the receptionists and here I am, the first woman to win the bodyshop Manager of the Year. I can’t quite believe it.

‘While I have to thank everyone at Fix Auto Weston-super-Mare, particularly the business owner Tony Atkins, for all their support and belief in me, I also have to say a huge thank you to Louise Woolacott of Fix Auto Mid Devon for nominating me and encouraging me to go for this award in the first place.’

Jade was one of three Fix Auto winners on the evening, with Fix Auto Rochester named Small Bodyshop of the Year and Fix Auto Dagenham picking up the Large Bodyshop of the Year Award.

Fix Auto Rochester owner Robert Dearnaley, said, ‘I’m just honoured. I’m privileged to have an incredible team in place. That’s why we won it. It’s all down to having a great team around you.’

Meanwhile, Paul Cunningham, commercial director at Fix Auto Dagenham, added, ‘I’m just completely blown away by winning this award. We’ve been finalists a couple of times over recent years but to actually win the Large Bodyshop of the Year award is an incredible achievement for the whole team. They’ve worked tremendously hard and thoroughly deserve it.’

The awards completed another fine evening for the Fix Auto network, which has now won 18 major industry awards in the last three years.

Ian Pugh, of Fix Auto UK, said, ‘To win three out of the four bodyshop-specific titles and have a finalist in the fourth is an outstanding achievement and a true reflection of the high calibre of businesses and people we have in our network. I am delighted for all the finalists and winners, and these awards provide the perfect launch-pad for our Achieving Peak Performance conference in a fortnight’s time.’