Buzz building for UK Garage and Bodyshop Event 2024

Excitement is growing for the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, which is set to return for its second edition at the NEC in Birmingham on 5-6 June 2024.

This one-of-a-kind national event – with free parking and breakfast provided – promises to provide a fantastic opportunity this year for bodyshop professionals to access dynamic training, cutting-edge technologies and essential tools for their trade.

With the UK aftermarket undergoing significant transformations, including the shift to EV and ADAS-enabled technologies, coupled with rapid advancements in service and repair technologies, the importance of attending such an event has never been more crucial for bodyshop owners and technicians.

The event will bring together 180 leading suppliers, including PPG, Sherwin Williams, SATA, LKQ, Bosch, Walcom, Tereson, INDASA, Masterflo-UK, Thatcham Research, Sagola, Snap-On and Bodyshop Magazine, as well as more than 5,000 bodyshop professionals, providing a platform for interactive exhibitions, live demonstrations, workshops, and panel discussions led by industry experts.

Visitors will be able to access practical skills training from 80-plus professionals. Renowned industry experts will lead technical seminars across four dedicated training hubs, covering topics such as collision repair, EV repair, paint refinishing and more.

A key feature includes a new Detailing Live Hub, providing a focal point for the UK’s detailing community, with discussions on opportunities for the detailing profession, leather repair, scratch and chip repair, valeting and more.

Another new segment for 2024 is the Body Repair Live Feature, courtesy of Masterflo UK, highlighting expert paint spraying and collision repair demonstrations showcasing the latest tools and developments, aimed specifically at bodyshop professionals.

What’s more, industry professionals can gain insights on the latest updates, advice, and technical innovations for the UK’s collision repair sector, covering topics such as ADAS, body repair, EV repair and the BS10125 standard thanks to the Bodyshop Training Hub in association with Bodyshop Magazine, which is also hosting the collision repair sector networking party – BODYSHOP BUZZ – from 4pm-6pm on Wednesday, 5 June at the Bodyshop Lounge.

Alex Jones, marketing director of the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, said: “After a hugely successful inaugural show two years ago, we’re really looking forward to its second instalment – it’s a must-attend for bodyshop professionals seeking to stay ahead in an ever-evolving industry.

“With access to cutting-edge technologies, expert training and invaluable networking opportunities, attendees will gain the knowledge and tools needed to thrive in today’s automotive market,” she added.