bodyshop winners unveiled at gala night

The bodyshop Award winners have been unveiled tonight at a black tie event held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, where nearly 700 of the industry’s leading lights gathered to celebrate their peers.

This was the 21st staging of the bodyshop Awards, and the event is now firmly established as the collision repair sector’s most prestigious awards ceremony. Previous winners include a who’s who of some of the industry’s most influential figures of the past two decades, and we are certain many of tonight’s winners will be so regarded as well.

They were selected by the owners and managers of some of the country’s largest bodyshop groups, including Malcolm Banner, managing director, National Accident Repair Group, Bill Duffy, managing director, Rye Street Group, Graham Eyles, managing director, Apollo Motor Group, Chris McKie, managing director, Vizion Network Ltd, Andy Pennell, group operations manager, Balgores Motor Group, Ian Pugh, head of Fix Auto UK, David Sargeant, managing director, Gemini Group, Simon Smith, operations director, Solus Accident Repair Centres, and Richard Tutt, chairman, Motofix Group.

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The full list of winners are:

bodyshop/Thatcham Research Apprentice Awards

Paint Apprentice of the Year

Winner

Stefano La Greca, Edinburgh College

Finalists

Peter Esplin, Frasers Bodyshop

Alex Hingley, DLG Auto Services Birmingham

Rachel Murray, Charles Hurst Accident Repair Centre

 

Panel Apprentice of the Year

Winner

Harry Holliman, Solus Luton

Finalists

Shahid Hussain, AutoTech Slough

Ryan Sutherland, NCRC Edinburgh

Toby Wilson, DLG Auto Services Orpington

 

bodyshop/GT Motive Estimate Technician Awards

Paint Technician of the Year

Winner

Glen Hall, Nationwide Gladwins, Thetford

Finalists

Gareth Oakes, Carsmetix

Paul Reeder, Hammond Accident Repair Centre

Shaun Sandford, Nationwide Accident Repair Services

Steve Waite, Devonshire Motors

Ricky Warren, DLG Auto Services Basildon

 

Panel Technician of the Year

Winner

Carl Batt, DLG Auto Services Aldershot

Finalists

Bill Honour, Nationwide Gladwins, Luton

Jon Jones, MG Cannon, Dorchester

Mick Knott, Devonshire Motors

Sam O’Shea, Poole Accident Repair

 

Education & Training Award

sponsored by Al Futtaim

Education

Winner

S&B Automotive Academy

Highly commended:

Chesterfield College

Finalists

Colchester Institute

Riverpark Training

 

Training

Winner

Fix Auto

Highly commended

ITAS

Finalist

Nationwide Accident Repair Services

 

Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year

sponsored by Vizion Network Ltd

Winner

Volvo

Finalists

Ford

Jaguar Land Rover

PSA Group

 

Work Provider of the Year

sponsored by Veetec Motor Group

Winner

Vizion Network

Finalists

Gallagher Bassett

MSL Vehicle Solutions

 

Insurance Company of the Year

sponsored by Autoglass BodyRepair

Winner

LV=

Highly commended

Covéa Insurance

Finalists

Direct Line Group

Insure the Box

 

CV Bodyshop of the Year

sponsored by Sikkens Autocoat BT

Winner

CCE – Commercial Contract Engineers Ltd

Finalists

Britcom International

C&C Vehicle Services Ltd

 

Small Bodyshop of the Year

sponsored by LKQ Coatings

Winner

Fix Auto Penzance

Finalists

Fix Auto Maidstone

MG Cannon – Dorchester

MG Cannon – Plymouth

 

Medium Bodyshop of the Year

sponsored by Audatex (UK) Ltd

Winner

Rye Street Borehamwood

Finalists

East Bilney Coachworks

iRG Hereford

 

Large Bodyshop of the Year

sponsored by AkzoNobel Coatings Ltd

Winner

Poole Accident Repair

Finalists

Agnew Repair Centre

Rye Street Braintree

 

VDA of the Year

sponsored by The IAEA

Winner

Karen Ashton, AXA Insurance

Finalists

Ian Davison, Insure the Box

Chris Hasson, Insure the Box

Lee Marshall, DLG Auto Services Bristol

Darren Porter, AXA Insurance

Christian Read, Balgores Faringdon

 

Bodyshop Manager of the Year

sponsored by U-POL Ltd

Winner

Aaran Farrington, AutoTech Slough

Finalists

Chris Browne, East Bilney Coachworks

Rachel McGuinness, Fix Auto Croydon

Jade Rogers, Fix Auto Weston-Super-Mare

 

Outstanding Achievement Award

sponsored by National Body Repair Association (NBRA)

Steve Plunkett, Volvo Car UK

 

Outstanding Contribution

Chris McKie, Vizion Network Ltd

 

The event of the year was only possible thanks to the support of headline partners AkzoNobel and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and partners Autoglass BodyRepair, Al-Futtaim Auto Centers, Audatex, CAPS, Car-O-Liner, EMACS, GT Motive Estimate, IAEA, LKQ Coatings, NBRA, NIBS, S&B Automotive Academy, Sikkens Autocoat BT, Thatcham Research, Upol, Veetec Motor Group and Vizion.