bodyshop Awards is back with a bang
bodyshop magazine celebrated the best and brightest in the collision repair sector at the bodyshop Awards 2021 on 7 April, with the most respected and prestigious prize-giving event in the sector now in its 25th year.
After months of debate and jury deliberation, followed by a coronavirus-enforced postponement in December 2021, 18 independent awards were handed out to individuals and organisations from across the entire collision repair industry, including apprentices and senior technicians, assessors, insurers, manufacturers, educators, and bodyshops large and small.
Before the main event got under way at ICC Wales near the Celtic Manor Resort, the magazine’s 30 Under 30: Rising Stars presented by 3M were honoured and celebrated on the big stage.
“Congratulations to all of this year’s fantastic 30 Under 30 award winners,” said bodyshop editor Simon Wait. “Once again, this is an impressive group of young people which we believe places the future of our industry in safe hands.”
During the 30 Under 30 celebration, bodyshop CEO Jason Moseley was joined on stage by Carbon Neutral Repair’s Dom Napier who certified the #bodyshopAwards2021 as fully carbon neutral after the magazine calculated its total CO2e output – including each guest’s travel and accommodation footprint, as well as that of all suppliers and staff in the build-up to the event and throughout the big night.
Among the notable highlights in the main Awards, which were hosted by mental toughness coach Penny Mallory, was just how close the judging and the practical assessments were in several categories, especially the technician awards.
One of the biggest prizes on the night – bodyshop magazine’s Bodyshop Manager of the Year – was claimed by Patrick Mackin, who narrowly edged out Micah Sherwood from English Ford Poole.
The winning third-generation repairer from Mackins ARC in Newry, County Down, said: “I felt privileged just to have been nominated for this award and was delighted to be named as a finalist. To win it caps a massive award-winning year for myself and the Mackins Accident Repair Centre team, who are always pro-actively pushing and improving standards within our industry. This may be an individual award but it’s only been possible because of our amazing team.”
bodyshop magazine is grateful to all the bodyshop Awards 2021 sponsors for helping to make the event such a triumph this year. Our special thanks go to Platinum Partners: 3M, Axalta, Solera Audatex, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Innovative Repair Group (iRG) and Vizion Network; Gold Partners: Accident Credit Group, AkzoNobel, BASF, CAPS, Car-O-Liner, Fix Auto UK, the IAEA, Kapci Coatings, Remit Training; and Silver Partners: AMA Group Solutions, Ezi-Methods, Prasco, Supreme Wheels, Thatcham Research, Tractable and The UK Garage & Bodyshop Event presented by Automechanika UK.
Thanks also to our 30 Under 30 partners 3M, and to Hills Salvage & Recycling for supplying cars, Prasco UK for supplying panels, and Axalta and 3M for the competition paint and consumables used during the hands-on technician and apprentice assessments at Remit Training.