WhoCanFixMyCar.com 2016 Garage Awards

WhoCanFixMyCar.com is proud to present the 2016 Garage Awards, celebrating and recognising the best performing businesses on its platform – from owner-operated mobile technicians to global automotive brands.

17 winners have completed over 6,000 maintenance and repair jobs on WhoCanFixMyCar, delivering outstanding levels of customer service and workmanship to happy drivers all over the UK.

For the first time ever, these garages are being recognised for results based on measurable indicators and validated customer reviews.
Al Preston, Co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said;

“We are proud to present our best-in-class operators with the WhoCanFixMyCar.com Garage Awards 2016. There are so many fantastic stories behind the winners and we are delighted to be able to share them with a wider audience.”

The Awards have also attracted a host of household names who are sponsoring the lucky winners, many of whom have been working with WhoCanFixMyCar.com to improve its service to motorists and garages alike.

Shell Lubricants UK is the headline sponsor of the awards, Jon Huggett, UK Sales Team Leader said, “WhoCanFixMyCar.com is a leading online player in the UK and we look forward to sponsoring the first Garage Awards.”

Other sponsors include; Confused.com, Call IT Automotive, First Stop, Motoring.co.uk, Allianz Global Assistance, IAAF, Andrew Page, Hyve, Innovation Group, PistonHeads, AnyVan.com, Parts Alliance (CES) and TRW.

Each winner has been chosen to receive an award for their overall performance on WhoCanFixMyCar.com in 2016, using key metrics such as the number of jobs won and quality of customer feedback generated.

Patrick Patel has been a member of the site for four years and has completed well over 500 jobs through the platform:

“Signing up as a member on WhoCanFixMyCar.com has allowed me to build my entire business from the ground up. I started out fixing people’s cars on the side of the road and now, I run my own garage and employ an entire team of expert technicians.”

The winning businesses and sponsors will be attending the official awards dinner hosted by WhoCanFixMyCar.com early next year.

The event will bring together independent garages, motor factors, car manufacturers, technology businesses and parts manufacturers, in what promises to be a wonderful celebration of some of the best operators in the aftermarket.

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IAAF Awards Ceremony celebrates aftermarket success

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Annual Awards & Dinner 2016 once again welcomed key aftermarket professionals to celebrate another successful year of business, growth and innovation.

The distinguished event, held for the third year running at the ICC in the heart of Birmingham and sponsored by Comma Oil & Chemicals Ltd, brought the aftermarket together, presenting professionals with the opportunity to network over a five-course meal set in state-of-the-art surroundings.

Guests were kept entertained throughout the course of the evening by IAAF’s guest speaker and renowned political correspondent, John Sergeant.

The talented duo, Prok & Chloe, were also welcomed back for a second year to entertain the nearly 600 guests in attendance with an after-dinner acoustic set.

The IAAF Annual Awards were also announced and runners up and winners were as follows:

Car Distributor of Excellence
Winner: Pentland Component Parts
Runner Up: Autosupplies Chesterfield

Alex and Richard Small of Pentland Components (centre) receiving their award from Martin Pring of Denso (sponsors of the award) on the left and John Sergeant on the right

Car Supplier of Excellence
Winner: Banner Batteries
Runner Up: WAIglobal

Banner Batteries receiving the Car Supplier award sponsored by Elcome (L:R Stewart Cartman, Elcome, Lee Quinney and Alec Morgan, Banner; John Sergeant)

CV Supplier of Excellence
Winner: Automint
Runner Up: Roadlink International

Graham Boyle of Automint receiving the CV Supplier award from John Sergeant

CV Distributor of Excellence
Winner: TruckStop Hawkes
Runner Up: Transport Supplies (NI)

Truckstop-Hawkes receiving the CV Distributor award sponsored by ZF Services UK (L:R Martyn Houghton, ZF Services; Matt Stiley, Truckstop; John Sergeant; Sam Stiley, Truckstop)

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, also announced a new venue and date for next year’s event, taking place at Doubletree by Hilton overlooking the magnificent ArenaMK, home to MK Dons FC, on Thursday 7 December 2017 in Milton Keynes.

Williamson said: “We look forward to an even bigger and bolder ceremony in our new location of Milton Keynes next year which gives us the opportunity to expand even more. We’re thoroughly excited for this progressive change which we’re confident will add a touch of vibrancy and diversity to the prestigious event.”

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IAAF announces new vice president and future president

Andy Savva has been appointed the new Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) vice-president supporting president, Lawrence Bleasdale and chief executive, Wendy Williamson, before taking over as president in 2017.

Savva has accumulated a wealth of experience in the automotive aftermarket since entering the industry more than 30 years ago. Owning and successfully managing his own garage since 1994, Savva has gone on to win numerous awards including the prestigious ‘National Independent Garage of the Year Award’ at the Hilton London in 2004.

Andy Savva, new IAAF Vice President

With a keen desire to gain a greater insight into the industry, Savva completed a Diploma in Automotive Retail Management at Loughborough University before being elected Fellow of The Institute of the Motor Industry in 2008.

After also being council and advisory IAAF member for a number of years, Savva feels he is now ready to take on the vice-presidency before taking over as president.

On his new appointment, Savva said: “I have always thoroughly supported the work IAAF carries out to the benefit of the aftermarket and I am really looking forward to my three-year term as president. The aftermarket has many challenges ahead that need to be addressed with belief, commitment and courage by all of the industry’s stakeholders if we wish to overcome them.

“Since announcing my new role I have received wonderful support and comments and I would like to thank everyone for welcoming me in this position. I will serve the IAAF and its members and give no less than 100 percent when helping to set policies and protect the aftermarket.”

Having sold his business in 2015, the new IAAF vice president is now managing director at Savva Automotive, an aftersales consultancy business working with both retail and aftermarket organisations, as well as delivering public speaking presentations and writing for automotive trade publications.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “It is with pleasure that I welcome Andy to his new role. His experience speaks for itself and I am confident that he will do an excellent job of protecting the rights and needs of the automotive aftermarket. Andy’s passion and in-depth industry knowledge makes him the ideal candidate for the job and I wish him every success as both vice-president and then president.”

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IAAF raises money for BEN at annual event

Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has raised more than £8500 for automotive charity BEN at its Annual Awards and Dinner Ceremony held at the ICC on 15 December.

Collecting more than £6000 on the night from guests and £2500 during IAAF’s support of BEN’s ‘Hats on for BEN’ campaign and IAAF golf days, IAAF is continuing on its mission to raise awareness to the worthy charity throughout the independent aftermarket.

BEN is a charity exclusively available to those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry, as well as their family dependents.

IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson presenting the cheque to Nigel Williams of BEN

Founded more than 110 years ago in 1905, the charity has helped millions of industry individuals overcome physical, mental, social and financial burdens.

IAAF has been a keen supporter of the charity over the years helping to raise funds at its annual BEN cricket match in June, while also raising significant funds at its Team Golf Challenge in July and August.

A raffle was also held on the evening with guests raising £3000 for IAAF. As a not-for-profit trade federation, this money will play an incredibly important part of wider fund-raising initiatives to further support the federation’s lobbying activities in what will be a very active post-Brexit environment.

Prizes included a full corporate day for 12 people on Yacht Drum worth £2500 courtesy of Autoparts UK, an iPad courtesy of Schaeffler UK, a Smart Watch courtesy of Midwest Motor Factors and also an M&S hamper to the value of £250 courtesy of NGK.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to BEN and also to those who took part in the raffle.

BEN is a hugely relevant and great cause and this money will help industry professionals and their dependents overcome a wide number of difficulties, from financial worries to mental burdens.”

With tables already booked for next year’s conference, IAAF is encouraging members to act fast and secure a spot at the IAAF Annual Awards and Dinner Ceremony 2017 held for the first time ever at Doubletree by Hilton overlooking the magnificent ArenaMK, home to MK Dons FC, on Thursday 7 December 2017 in Milton Keynes.

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