Fix Auto UK's 2023 national conference success

15 May 2023 | David Young

Fix Auto Weston-super-Mare became the toast of Fix Auto UK's 2023 National Conference after being named as the network's 'Bodyshop of the Year' during the organisation's 'Next Gen' themed National Conference

Fix Auto UK's 2023 national conference success

Fix Auto Weston-super-Mare Directors Carl Prosser (centre) and Tony Atkins collect the coveted Fix Auto UK Bodyshop of the Year trophy, their first of two awards of the evening, from the network's operations director Mark Hutchins (left), Luke Nineham of Sherwin-Williams and evening host, famed YouTuber Mat Watson.

Presented in front of a record number of delegates, insurer guests and suppliers at The Vox, near Birmingham, Somerset business owners Tony Atkins and Carl Prosser received the network's blue riband award shortly after stepping up onto the stage to receive the prize for being the best performing repair centre within the network's Region Five.

Fix Auto Manchester East were also double award winners, directors Brian Kerrison and Ed and James Gore were first presented with the Admiral Insurance Bodyshop of the Year and moments later received the network's Outstanding Customer Service Award.

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

Fix Auto Mid Devon was named as the Allianz Bodyshop of the Year, Fix Auto Kings Norton received the Covéa Insurance Bodyshop of the Year prize and Fix Auto Stevenage scooped the RSA Insurance Bodyshop Of The Year prize.

Those insurer-led successes were calculated by Fix Auto UK, based on the work the network completed for its insurer clients over the past 12 months.

Region Three, lead by regional business manager Steve Lawrence, was named as the network's Region of the Year and Calum Gillet, who serves Fix Auto Mid Devon and Newton Abbot, received the Nigel Luffman Award and named as the network's Apprentice of the Year.

Fix Auto Felixstowe received the inaugural Fix Auto Green Bodyshop of the Year Award and Fix Auto Atherstone, which joined the network inJanuary 2022, headed home with the network's Newcomer of the Year award.

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 throughout the organisation and the total commitment to our customers our Franchise Partners pay to ensure we continually provide an industry-leading service.

"I know I've said this previously, 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."

Ian added: "Every year we seem to raise the bar for our National Conference and 2023 has been no exception. We welcomed a record number of delegates, insurers, industry experts and suppliers to a world class venue that has lived up to all of our expectations. Yet again, I am delighted to say our conference has proven to be another standout event for this industry of ours and, again, made me extremely proud to lead this organisation."