Another successful year has been reported for the annual GROUPAUTO & UAN Motor Factor Trade Show. Over 1000 delegates from 200 of the group’s member businesses and 159 supplier exhibitors attended the event at EventCity in Manchester on Friday 6th October 2017.
The 200 member businesses that attended on the day represented the top 80% of group spend and were made up of GROUPAUTO and UAN LV and CV motor factor businesses. In the trade show exhibitors were separated into three zones; CV suppliers, LV suppliers and the FPS Retail Village. This was a new format for the 2017 event with a view to improving the event’s appeal to CV businesses and their requirements.
In the CV Zone, 45 CV suppliers showcased what they have to offer to G-Truck and UAN Truck members; there were some impressive stands, from Racing Trucks to vast tooling displays and a diverse range of products on show. Following the recent opening of the groups’ commercial vehicle distribution centre, the team were also there taking orders on the day and raising awareness of the benefits on offer.
Around the hall it was clear to see that exhibitors had gone to great lengths to offer something more on their stand this year. There were magicians, interactive games, software demos, competitions and giveaways, all designed to attract and engage delegates as they made their way around the hall. Exhibitors were also running special ‘on the day’ deals to encourage sales at the show.
After the trade show over 400 guests attended the Trading Groups’ Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony which was held this year at The Principal hotel in central Manchester. The winners of the 2017 Member and Supplier of Year Awards were:
GROUPAUTO MEMBER OF THE YEAR
CV Member of the Year – CMP Ireland
LV Member of the Year (£3m+ approved supplier purchases) – Motorcare Motor Factors
LV Member of the Year (Up to £3m approved supplier purchases) – D&A Factors
UAN MEMBER OF THE YEAR
CV Member of the Year – Partic Motor Spares Ltd
LV Member of the Year (£3m+ approved supplier purchases) – Fast Parts Wales Ltd
LV Member of the Year (Up to £3m approved supplier purchases) – Autosupplies Chesterfield Ltd
UK TRADING GROUPS’ SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
LV Supplier of the Year – Apec Braking
CV Supplier of the Year – Automint
The event ended on a high as guests enjoyed a three-course meal followed by live music from local tribute band Take That 2.