Speakers unveiled for inaugural event

The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has unveiled its line-up of expert trainers and guest speakers for its inaugural June event at Birmingham’s NEC on 8-9 June.

Giving the opening address will be Andy Hamilton of LKQ Euro Car Parts, who will followed by more than 40 others, including Dean Lander of Thatcham, James Dillon, Steve Carter, The Garage Inspector Andy Savva, Quentin Le Hetet of GiPA and many more.

Insight, opinion and training will also be presented from experts including James Ludford of Castrol Oils, Automechanika Garage of the Year winner Hayley Pells of Avia Autos, Michael Mayer of Liqui Moly and Valeo’s Stewart Lynch. Also speaking are The DPF Doctor Darren Darling, Andy Crook from GotBoost, and renowned automotive industry author Tom Denton.

Grant Elrick, sales director at Messe Frankfurt UK, organisers of the exhibition, said: “We have an exceptional line-up of the best industry talent attending to offer visitors tangible insight, knowledge and skills to futureproof their businesses and adapt working practices. This will ensure their workshop operations are as streamlined as possible given the current cost of energy issues. This event is a must attend for those businesses who don’t wish to fall behind.”

Visitors can also see dedicated training sessions from leading suppliers such as Group Auto, Snap-On, Castrol, Valeo, Autogem, The Tool Connection and Liqui Moly. Training sessions and live talks will cover TPMS, intelligent diagnostics, getting ready for EVs, The Dos and Don’ts of DPF Repair, The Future of Hydrogen and much more.

The event will also put focus on increased digitalisation and the rise of electrification and connectivity. The future of body repair, ADAS, and BS10125 are on the agenda for bodyshops.

The event will offer owners and technicians the skills and know-how to futureproof their business with over 100 suppliers showcasing the latest in service and repair products, diagnostics and garage equipment.

Meanwhile, the event will feature dedicated EV and Workshop training hubs, plus the Bodyshop Training Hub sponsored by bodyshop magazine, highlighting challenges across MOT, service and repair, on-demand services, workshop management systems and increasing digitalisation. The show will also host live demonstrations, virtual reality interaction and product launches across the aftermarket.