Fix Auto celebrates as curtain falls on Momentum conference

Fix Auto Harlow was crowned Fix Auto UK’s Bodyshop of the Year during the network’s highly anticipated Momentum-themed 2024 national conference held at The Vox in Birmingham tonight (9 May).

Presented in front of a record number of sponsors, 360-plus delegates, insurers and suppliers, the Harlow-based business celebrated in style as its presentation by the network’s commercial director Rob Pugh brought the curtain down on the gala event.

While Fix Auto Harlow owner Tony Mann (pictured above centre) may have walked away with the network’s blue riband prize, Fix Auto Sandhurst, which joined in 2019, became the evening’s first double-winning repairer, first being named as the Admiral Insurance Bodyshop of the Year, an accolade that was shortly followed when it was named as the Fix Auto UK ESG Bodyshop of the Year.

Fix Auto celebrates

The evening was hosted by Mat Watson, a leading automotive YouTuber with more than nine million followers on the video-sharing site and other social media platforms.

For the second successive year Fix Auto Mid Devon was named as the Allianz Insurance Bodyshop of the Year, while Fix Auto West Kensington returned to its winning ways when it was named as the RSA Insurance Bodyshop Award, a prize it last won in 2022.

Fix Auto Stevenage won the Covéa Insurance Customer Service Award and Fix Auto Weston-super-Mare picked up the network’s Outstanding Customer Service Award. Meanwhile, Fix Auto Chessington and Fix Auto Swansea West were presented with the network’s Brand and Integration and Newcomer of the Year awards, respectively.

One of the loudest cheers of the evening rang out for Martin Willis, business development and supplier relations manager, who was named as the network’s Employee of the Year, and Adrian Matthews of Fix Auto Gloucester, who received the Nigel Luffman Award Apprentice of the Year prize.

Sam Smith, managing director of Fix Auto Leeds North, Fix Auto Leeds South, Fix Auto Bradford and Fix Auto Keighley received the network’s Multi-site Operator of the Year prize, and 10th anniversary plaques were also presented to Fix Auto Ayr, Fix Auto Chessington, Fix Auto Crawley, Fix Auto Coalville, Fix Auto Edinburgh West, Fix Auto Deepcut, Fix Auto Lichfield, and Fix Auto Swindon North.

Paying tribute to the award winners, Fix Auto UK’s managing director Ian Pugh, said:

“Once again our awards evening highlighted the breadth of talent we have throughout the organisation and the total commitment to our customers our franchise partners pay to ensure we continually provide an industry-leading service.

“While we have to have winners and my sincere congratulations goes out to every recipient, in reality, each and every franchise partner in our network deserves recognition for the level of service they consistently deliver.

“Every year we seem to raise the bar for our national conference and this year’s event has been no exception. We welcomed a record number of sponsors, delegates, insurers, industry experts and suppliers to a world-class venue that has once again lived up to all of our expectations. As ever, our event has made me extremely proud to lead this organisation.”

Earlier in the day, conference delegates had been treated to a series of inspirational business-focused talks by Jefferies’ Rex Green, former Sainsbury’s boss Justin King, and television’s Fred Sirieix.

Fix Auto UK’s 2024 roll of honour

  • Allianz Insurance Bodyshop of the Year – Fix Auto Mid Devon
  • Admiral Insurance Bodyshop of the Year – Fix Auto Sandhurst
  • Covéa Insurance Customer Service Award – Fix Auto Stevenage
  • RSA Insurance Bodyshop of the Year – Fix Auto West Kensington
  • Accident Assist Repairer of the Year – Fix Auto West Hampstead
  • Fix Auto UK Newcomer of the Year – Fix Auto Swansea West
  • Fix Auto Brand and Integration Award – Fix Auto Chessington
  • Fix Auto Outstanding Customer Service Award – Fix Auto Weston-super-Mare
  • Fix Auto UK ESG Bodyshop of the Year – Fix Auto Sandhurst
  • Fix Auto UK Multi Site Operator (MSO) of the Year – Sam Smith (Fix Auto Leeds North, Leeds South, Bradford, Keighley)

Fix Auto Network Employees of the Year

  • Region 1 – Allan Herd (Fix Auto Glasgow North)
  • Region 2 – Susan Bridgestock (Fix Auto Manchester East)
  • Region 3 – Humam Amin (Fix Auto Walsall)
  • Region 4 – Billy Adams (Fix Auto Redhill)
  • Region 5 – Llinos Evans (Fix Auto Wrexham)

Fix Auto Regional Leaders

  • Region 1 – Fix Auto Edinburgh West
  • Region 2 – Fix Auto Keighley
  • Region 3 – Fix Auto Lichfield
  • Region 4 – Fix Auto Harlow
  • Region 5 – Fix Auto Mid Devon

Fix Auto Region of the Year

  • Region 4 (Managed by Garry Carter)

Fix Auto Bodyshop of the Year

  • Fix Auto Harlow

10 Year Anniversaries Awards

  • Fix Auto Ayr
  • Fix Auto Chessington
  •  Fix Auto Crawley
  • Fix Auto Coaville
  • Fix Auto Edinburgh West
  • Fix Auto Deepcut
  •  Fix Auto Lichfield
  • Fix Auto Swindon North

Fix Auto individual awards

  • Fix Auto UK Employee of the Year – Martin Willis, Business Development and Supplier Relations Manager
  • Nigel Luffman Award (Apprentice of the Year) – Adrian Matthews, Fix Auto Gloucester