UK Garage and Bodyshop Event earns industry accolade

Messe Frankfurt UK has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Achievement category in the annual Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Pride of the Aftermarket awards.

It has been recognised for its work on the inaugural UK Garage and Bodyshop Event presented by Automechanika UK.

The IAAF awards take place at the federation’s annual conference on 8 December to recognise the outstanding contributions to the UK automotive aftermarket over the last year.

Messe Frankfurt UK was shortlisted for the award for the pioneering UK Garage and Bodyshop Event it launched this year, which welcomed more than 3,500 business owners over the show’s two days at the NEC in Birmingham back in June.

Featuring unfettered access for garage and bodyshop visitors to over 100 leading suppliers, the event showcased the latest in service and repair products, diagnostics, and garage equipment, offering owners and technicians the skills and know-how to futureproof their business.

It also offered more than a hundred hours of seminars across its workshop, EV and hybrid, and bodyshop magazine-sponsored bodyshop training hubs, covering ADAS, sustainability and collision repair, reflecting demand for aftermarket businesses to upskill in a post-combustion era.

Simon Albert, managing director at Messe Frankfurt UK, said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised by the automotive aftermarket for our work in the industry and we’re delighted with the success the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event had in bringing the sector together.”