Automechanika Birmingham announces Garage of the Year shortlist and best seminar programme yet

Winner to be announced next month at UK’s leading industry trade show
A seminar for every business, as wide-ranging programme unveiled

Automechanika Birmingham has revealed the shortlist for its Garage of the Year 2018 award, in partnership with Garage Wire, featuring some of the UK’s top independent garages all vying to win the prestigious accolade.

With this year’s competition receiving a record number of entries, voting has now closed and the shortlist has now been drawn up for each of the six categories of Best Small Garage, Best Large Garage, Best Community Initiative, Auto-Mechanik of the Year, Technology Innovation and Business Innovation.
The judging panel of James Onions (Garage Wire), Andy Savva (The Garage Inspector), Stuart James (IGA) and Simon Albert (Automechanika Birmingham) will announce the winners from each category at a special evening dinner to be held in the Director’s Lounge, Aston Villa Football Club on 5 June, with guest speaker, Fuzz Townshend. The finalist will get to find out who has been crowned overall Garage of the Year winner at the event itself on 6 June.

James Onions, director of Garage Wire, said: “We’ve received an extremely high amount of entries this year and we’ve got a fantastic group of garages in the mix, reflecting the diversity of UK garage businesses.

“For the very first time this year, the award ceremony will get its own venue and is recognised as an event in its own right, underlining just how important the competition has become. We’re very much looking forward to a fantastic evening planned to run in the same week as Automechanika Birmingham.”

Automechanika Birmingham’s seminar programme looks set to be the most comprehensive yet with a number of wide ranging topics discussed and technical advice available to visitors.

The event, which takes place from 5 to 7 June at Birmingham NEC is specifically geared towards meeting the needs of garages, motor factors, retailers and suppliers / manufacturers and the seminar programme reflects just that.

There are four main seminar areas at this year’s event including: Aftermarket Seminars, Technical Talks Theatre, Vehicle Production Seminars and a new Keynote Theatre.

The Aftermarket Seminar theatre will feature key talks from MANN + HUMMEL, SMMT, DVSA and The Motor Ombudsman along with IMI looking at changes to the MOT. IAAFs Wendy Williamson will also return this year and give a much-anticipated seminar on the future of the automotive aftermarket.

Meanwhile, the Technical Talks Theatre will feature talks on Hybrid & Electric vehicles, mechanical systems and chassis diagnosis, ADAS awareness and dual mass flywheels. The Technical Talks Theatre will also feature presentations on how to remain profitable while offering technically complex services and tackle the long-standing debate of garage labour rates.

Over at the Keynote Theatre, there will be wide ranging discussions hosted by SMMT, Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) looking at innovation and, Innovate UK who will host a forum on “tomorrow’s mobility”.

The full Automechanilka Seminar Programme can be accessed here.

This year’s event at the NEC Birmingham, running from 5-7 June 2018, will welcome vehicle production exhibitors in Hall 6, aftermarket suppliers in Halls 19 & 20 and a dedicated Garage Quarter in Hall 19.

Visitors looking to sign up can register for their free ticket here.

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