bodyshop Awards 2022

Nominations opened on Friday, 4 March for bodyshop magazine’s two high-profile independent awards initiatives which will celebrate 2022’s highest-achievers and rising stars in the collision repair industry.

We have once again teamed up with Vizion Network and Remit Group for the panel and paint technician and apprentice awards, to be presented at ICC Wales on 12 October, and we are excited to announce that we have introduced a new category open to multi-skilled technicians working in the advanced technologies space.

This all-new Powered by asTech – bodyshop Thatcham Advanced Technologies Technician of the Year award is open to the UK’s best multi-skilled technicians, who should hold a current qualification or accreditation at Level 3 or above in both EV and ADAS, validated through an assessed outcome and certified by a recognised awarding organisation.

The 2022 bodyshop Awards will see the return of our day-time Expo which will showcase the products and services of our lead partners and sponsors.

Another honour we are introducing for 2022, the Environmental Trailblazer Award, will recognise and applaud businesses or individuals who have gone above and beyond to drive sustainable eco-friendly best practice in our sector. While commendable, achieving PAS 2060 will not be enough on its own to win this prize; entrants will be required to demonstrate how their business is having a positive effect on the environment and on their community through sustainable innovations.

“This new category is an important one for our industry and we are confident repairers will pick up the torch and join us in advancing the sustainability message,” said bodyshop editor Simon Wait. “We have long found that an endorsement by the bodyshop Awards enhances the brand of winning companies and individuals, creating huge opportunity for differentiation within the industry and in their local communities. The Environmental Trailblazer Award will take this positive impact to the next level.”

In addition to nominations opening for the bodyshop Awards, we are delighted to announce the continuation of our partnership with 3M to jointly deliver our 30 Under 30: Rising Stars programme.

Wait said: “The 30 Under 30 initiative, now in its sixth year, is one of our most popular awards programmes and paints a bright picture of the talent this industry has within its ranks. 3M’s dedication to developing and nurturing new and existing young talent blends perfectly with bodyshop magazine’s vision.

“And at a time of immense change and challenge within the industry, teaming up once more with forward-thinking businesses such as lead partners 3M, Axalta, Enterprise, Repairify, Solera Audatex and Vizion, plus other still-to-be-announced partners, will evolve the UK industry’s most prestigious independent awards to yet another level,” he added.

30 Under 30: Rising Stars was founded in 2017 to mark the 30th anniversary of bodyshop magazine. It is an annual campaign to find 30 inspirational individuals who have achieved something special in their sector and are earmarked for future success. To qualify, contestants must be 30 years of age or under and work within the UK collision repair industry.